The IRFCA Convention 06

Live: The IRFCA Convention 2006

Posted in Uncategorized by irfcaconvention on February 26, 2006

Welcome to the First IRFCA Convention, 2006.

The first of its kind gathering of railnuts from all over the country, being held at The Hotel Regency, Pune on Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 from 9AM.

Live reports of the event are being posted here, and will be updated every 15 minutes (at every quarter hour) approximately. Do refresh your browser at that intervals to get the latest updates.

5. 45 PM :

The Live Blogcast of the First IRFCA Convention 2006 comes to an end with this. A huge round of applause to the Organisers of this path-breaking event for the fantastic facilities provided and in general, great organisation of the event. Hope that all members viewing this blog have enjoyed the proceedings, even though you could not make it to the event.

Vote of thanks due to Ashish Kuvelkar, Dr Shirish Yande, Apurva Bahadur, John Mani, Hrishikesh Moghe and other Pune Members, and also to Bharath Moro and Poochi Venkat for the fantastic material provided.

Thanks due to Sridhar Joshi and Ajai Banerjee for the IRFCA Quiz..

Update at 5.30 PM :

Passing the baton : Chennai to host the Second IRFCA Convention in 2007.

The date for the IRFCA Conventions henceforth has been institutionalised as the Last Sunday of February each year.

The Baton, in the shape of a large key, for the same was passed by Dr Yande to Mr Kasi Lingam in the typical Token exchange style.

Dr Yande discusses the future of IRFCA.

A commemorative IRFCA plaque signed by Mr Dheeraj Sanghi, Mr Ajai Banerjee, founder members; and Poochi Venkat, the designer was auctioned for Rs 1500, to the highest bidder Ranganath Eunny.

Poochi Venkat proposes the Vote of Thanks and Three Cheers to the Pune Gangmen, especially Ashish Kuvelkar for the fantastic effort!

Update at 4.55 PM :

* Bharath Moro and the Art of Writing Trip Reports.

* Moro talks to us about the report, photos of which featured in the Gallery under an album called “Butter Chicken”.

* Talks about the things one can put in a trip report.

* The important thing is talking to the locals and getting hooked onto the local flavours.

Update at 4.42 PM

* More videos….

A special treat to all those present… A nice film on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Bagnall Class tiny steam locos….courtesy Dr. Shirish Yande.

After a loong list of videos playing, the fans are still hungry for more…the DHR baby could not have come at a better time. Cheers to Steam!

Update at 4.25 PM :

* Videos by Poochi Venkat, Swaran Udasin and Archit Goel being screened.

* Some ‘collector item’ videos screened.

* Heritage run to commemorate IR’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations.

* Majestic Heritage run videos. Truly Superb.

* Beautiful KZJ WDP-1 15064 at Budvel, on the KCG-DNC line

* GOC YDM-4 at GOC

* MLY YDM-4 starting up

* GOC WDP-2 starting up.

Update at 4 PM :

* Videos of the WP7200 heritage run between AJJ-WJR

* Video of GY Shakti hauling a passenger at high speed.

* Mr Kasi Lingam speeding past in ED’s WAP-4.

* WDP-4 led Udyan at Pophlaj Scissors crossing.

* MLY WDM-2 smoking to glory.

* AP with LGD WAP-4 speedeing at Multai

* Passing Chambal river bridge in Jhelum exp

* TN exp at Multai doing 110kmph.

* TN towards Delhi at Multai.

* ET WAM-4 with Ganga Kaveri exp ripping through Multai

* Gondwana crossing Jhelum

Update at 3.35 PM :

Giridhar Patnaik and Raghavendra Rao are the winners of the IRFCA Quiz.

Three Cheers to the two of them !

* Next on the agenda: Videos taken by IRFCAns

Update at 3.30 PM :

And the winners are…

Ooops we have a tie between PVS Praveen/ Sagar Tipnis and Giridhar/Raghavendra rao teams.

Tie-breaker question:
1. Where are the lines of the DHR situated? Ans: Tindaria, both right
2. According to a story, this train was introduced for a particular RM’s daughter to attend college and return back the same day?  Ans: Lalbagh Express. Giridhar and Raghavendra get it spot on.. and win the IRFCA QUiz.

Update at 3.15 PM

8 peope shortlisted and they drew lots to form teams among themselves.

The final teams are:

Pravin Sathe and Vrijilesh Rai

PVS Praveen and Sagar Tipnis

Krishna Kumar and Vivek Manvi

Giridhar Patnaik and Raghavendra Rao

Modus operandi is simple…each team gets 5 coaches for answering a question…passed or direct. Whovever builds the longest train wins!

Update at 2.45 PM :

* Talk on Renaming of stations on IR by Mr. Ajai Banerjee

* Changes made on request of State Govts, not IR.

* Old station names which have undergone a change now.

* List of old and new names, arranged state-wise.

Update at 2.30 PM

Build Your Train Quiz Prelims…send in your answers….

Q1 Who or what is a ferroequinologist? Rly connection!

Q2 Fill up first and last on this list: fill 1 and 8.

1. ___
2. HLG
3. ONR
4. WEL
5. AVK
6. KXT
7. LOV
8. ___

Q3 Which one is the highest BG station in India?

Q4. Which project of IR is SIMIR

Q5 Which became India’s No 1 e-com website in its first full year of operation?

Q6 Whcih place did Gandhiji once describe as the “dead center of India”?

Q7 Who designed the Victoria (or now CST) terminus?

Q8 Who was independent India’s 1st Rly Minister?

Q9 Only 1 of Punjab’s 5 rivers has no train named after it, but a train operates in Pakistan with that name. Which?

Q10 What was Dimapur station, the main station in Nagaland known as before?

Q11 WHich suburb of Patna is a divisional HQ in IR?

Q12 Which train runs thru New Delhi or Delhi without stopping at either?

Q13 Which class of loco was used during the first days of Howrah Rajadhani Exp.?

Q14 Which stadium does the Railways’ Ranji team play its “home” matches in?

Q15 What generic food item is named after a station on the Bangalore-Mysore railway route?

Q16 Who was the captain of the gold winning hockey team at 1980 Moscow Olympiad? There is a rly connection.

Q17 Identify the lake .(Visual clue). Pic is the same lake as on Poochi Venkat’s pic on the latest TAAG.

Q18 Visual : connect three logos to one person…logos cannot be reproduced here.

Q19 What important signalling device was missing at most stations between Gadag Solapur MG route?

Q20 Visual clue: A well stocked bar with real liquor aboard a train. Which Indian train?

Update at 1.30 PM

* Guess who wins the best whistle contest? Not a DM or AP or an AM or a DP…but the good old WP; steam locos still beat both electric and diesel when it comes to romance, it seems.

* One other thing all you fans have missed at the convention…SUMPTIOUS LUNCH!!!

* Regarding the comment on the blogcasters “caste”…there are two casters…one of diesel and other of electric castes.

* Post Lunch…brace for the Build Your Train Quiz prelims question paper…

Update on 1 PM :

* Tempers are getting frayed! Electric lobby gains ground!

* Mr. Seshadri comes up with some very strong arguments for the diesels.

* Pravin Sathe winds things down with a nice statement. Diesels are at everyone’s heart, while the heads go for the electrics.

* A post debate vote seems to have got some people convereted to diesel fans, but still electric wins; note that this is only amongst those present at Pune!!

* Vijay Vadrevou, sums up that being IR fans, we appreciate both aspects of locos, and we should keep both the categories.

* A vote for diesel-cum-electric fans seems to have a lot of takers!

Update on 12.30 PM :

* The Great D vs E is on !!!

* An initial handcount shows a slight majority for the Es.

* Apurva is smoking all about the Ds.. he’s our die-hard-diesel man.

* Points from Apu : Too many hands to handle the electrics, thermal plants pollute more than a diesel loco; Many countries (including developed ones like US) are still diesel; what happens when there is a power failure; Catenary investment is huge; catenary also spoils our photo-ops!!

* E lobby represented by Vivek Manvi & Giridhar Patnaik.

* Points from E lobby: Aesthetics; a diesel loco needs to carry its own power plant; a diesel loco is actually a diesel-electric loco; electrics can be compact.

* Mr Sheshadri says: We travel by train for the romance of it! And what better than a diesel to provide one with that !

Update at 12.25 PM :

* Amazing.. I just cannot imagine the details that have been incorporated.

* A special thanks to Mr Subramaniam, SSE of Basin Bridge Trip Shed, who has personally explained the working of the WAP-4 in and out to Poochi.

* The explanation not only includes energizing the loco, but also explains the running and troubleshooting; and the emergency safety and contingency features of the loco.

* And well, a short ‘foot plate’ out of the trip shed!

* Back into the trip shed and de-energizing the loco!

* We close the presentation with a video/audio of the blower ‘blowing up’… simply amazing!

* Mr Kasi Lingam puts in a few words about the WAP-5 too!
Update at 12 PM :

* Energizing the WAP-4 : By Poochi Venkat.

* Video of Poochi getting a lesson on how to start the WAP-4 class of loco (#22370).

* 8 minutes for the pressure to build up in a WAP-4… but it hardly took 8 seconds for us railfans 😉

* Amazingly clear and lucid explanations of how we ‘ignite’ the P4.

* Superb video presentation. Kudos to Poochi for the amazing presentation. He has covered all aspects of the WAP-4, all the controls very well explained, all parts shown, including the interiors of the cab and also takes us into the ‘working belly’ of the loco.

Update at 11.45 AM :

* Talk on Major Accidents on IR in 2004-05 by Mr Ajai Banerjee

* All accidents resulting in 10 or more deaths have been considered.

* A grim topic, but a very pertinent one; we try to delve into the causes behind these.

* On the menu are the Matsyagandha tragedy, Sabarmati express collision with a freight train at Samalaya, Nalgonda washout of Delta passenger, Bomb in Shramjeevi exp, Bundelkhand accident at Datia.
Update at 11.30 AM :

* Did you know that almost all cameras use a Sony CCD sensor? Well, I did not. Sony fans would be disappointed. Poochi says, Sony’s optics are not very good.

* Poochi makes photography sound so very simple !!

* Points to ponder : Aperture has to be given priority, shutter speed better set manually, have a simgle point focus, Always pre-focus before the actual snap..

* Poochi also give a low down on his snaps which have featured on the TAAG and other TTs and publications..

Update at 11.15 AM :

* Snapshot – The art of good railway photography by Poochivenkat

* Presentation by Poochi & Bharath Moro (Gallery administrator) on the Art of Photography and ways to make it great… hope we can now catch up with Poochi!

* It is a very very interesting and informative presentation. And very technical too!

Update at 11 AM :

Firstly, an apology for the delay in posting the update as there was a problem with the internet connection at the venue.

* The session began at 9AM with registration and breakfast.

* The Convention began when Dr Shirish Yande ceremoniously lighted the typical IR signal lamp of old times and turned it to proceed…. green; and rang the platform to commence the proceedings.

* The program began with a presentation of the video of a steam loco heritage run, by our inhouse videographer/photographer Poochi Venkat.

* Dr Yande gave the opening speech where he recalled a man being thrown out of a train at Pietermaritzburg in South Africa for having the wrong skin colour and how it changed the course of history in the world.

* 10AM : Introduction of all members on, with snippets of each one’s initiation into railfanning.

* Amongst us today is Mr KasiLingam, loco pilot from SR, Mr Pandey, ex-station master, Mr Jayant, a motorman in CSTM, Amrutha Bhate- the only female member who is active as a railfan.

* Long distance arrivees are Mr Buddhadeb Saha from Kolkata, about a dozen from Chennai.

* Also with us are two founder members, Mr Dheeraj Sanghi & Mr Ajai Banerjee.

* Exit poll on the D vs E : Looks as if Non-wired Apurva is on top.

Update at 9AM :

The platform is being filled up and the ticket queue is full. Train No IRFCA 06 will start at 9 AM.


30 Responses to 'Live: The IRFCA Convention 2006'

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  1. Satish said,

    Best wishes to all the participants. Have a great time!

  2. Gautam said,

    Wishing all the railfans at a convention a grand and fun-filled day!

  3. A.HARI said,

    Best wishes to participants at the convention.

    Make the best possible use of the time available during the meet

  4. Jay B said,

    Have a great time guys! Wish I was there!

  5. Sid said,

    All the best amigos. Have a great day.

  6. Saqib said,

    Have a great RailDay. Wish you all the best. Bring all the information back to forum to share with absentees.


  7. P. S. Seshadri said,

    Dear Railnuts

    I wish the convention all the best. Wish I were there!

  8. Samar said,

    Have a nice day all of you.

  9. Manish Chaturvedi said,

    Best Wishes to the Organizers and Attendees of the IRFCA Convention! Looking forward to the Blog updates and the Pictures.

  10. Bizzy said,

    10:40: No Updates and pictures yet? How late is IRFCA Express running?
    Missed the event, but wish it a grand success!!

  11. Alok said,

    Hello people! Hope you people are having a great time. I regret not being there a lot. My best wishes to the hard working organisers and the delegates from all over the country. Remember, no overspeeding above 120 ;-).

  12. Alok said,

    Hello people! Hope you are having a great time. I regret not being there a lot. My best wishes to the hard working organisers and the delegates from all over the country. Remember, no overspeeding above 120 ;-).

  13. Gautam said,

    Initiations – That must be interesting to hear and most should sound familiar as all of us must’ve encountered very similar initiations!

  14. Gautam said,

    And a very good morning to all the IR people especially the pilots and motormen. Pls convery spl regards to SR chief Kasilingam.

  15. Rajeev Shrivastava said,

    Waiting to read the detailed report(s)!! Have fun!

  16. Gautam said,

    As always, golden words on photography from Poochi!
    Regarding accidents, might also be good to talk about LPY’s statement on how accidents were reduced substantially in the last 2 years – what actually happened – and how he is planning to do it in the years to come. Also, is the ACD ‘Raksha Kavach’ really useful?

  17. A big Thank You to all who are visiting here, we at the Pune Convention unanimously feel that we are all missing all of you, and keep refreshing for regular updates.

    Thank You once again. Wish you all were here.

    Alok… grrrrrrrr !

  18. Gautam said,

    Mr Subramaniam, SSE of Basin Bridge Trip Shed, is also an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer who has given several performances across India.

  19. Gautam said,

    Special thanks to Vrij for organizing this blog and also (?) for the updates! REALLY starting to miss all of it now ….

  20. Karthik said,

    Best Wishes to all of you !

    BTW the blogcaster is definitely an electric fan 😉

  21. Gautam said,

    WDM2s all the way!! Who can ever forget the thrill of riding behind those twins of the TN Exp back in the 80s ….. esp round and round the curves on the ghat sections!!

  22. Abhijit said,

    Go for it Apurva….Nothing to beat twin diesels….!!

  23. Gautam said,

    Have a great lunch! Catch you folks later.

  24. What is build your train competition friends?

    Why we are talking about AM/DP/AP/DMs only? Congratulations to WP for winning the contest.

    Casting my proxy vote, 1. ZDM4s 2. Missing YAMs. 3. Best Site: Diesel under Wires. Without wires and catenary, tracks look barren.

    In between, someone must fix the next convention’s venue. One year waiting time also seems too long.

  25. P. S. Seshadri said,

    Blogs are fine, but pics as yet in the images section

  26. P. S. Seshadri said,

    I meant no pics in the images section

  27. Gautam said,

    Three Cheers for the First IRFCA Convention, to IRFCA in general and a Big THANK YOU to the Pune Gang and the rest of the organizers in particular!! With luck those who missed it this time will be able to attend the next one, prob even IR fans from around the world! Great Show!!

  28. Shirish Paranjape said,

    A huge thanks to Dr. Shirish, Ashish, Apu, John and Hrushikesh for the terrific effort. Even at ~10000 km away, I could feel the spirit and the buzz. Kudos for sharing on a blog. The choice of the sessions looks superb. I wish I was there!

    New Zealand

  29. very best idea make rules time!

  30. ipoh2u342 said,

    hello, it’s good idea

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