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Posted on: Monday , Jun 15, 2009 At 09:32 AM

Indian Railways Goes International

Just imagine not having to pay for an expensive flight ticket for your journey abroad, but simply buy a train ticket at the reservation counter of a local railway station! It would be so much less expensive to travel beyond borders.


We already have rail links with Pakistan, but going anywhere else on a train is unthinkable. But it may well become a reality in the days to come. Indian Railways can now connect with 27 countries, thanks to a agreement to interlink the Trans-Asian Railway network. The agreement is effective from June 11th, and allows Indian Railways to connect with countries in South and South East Asia, China, Russia, Central Asia and parts of Europe. It may not immediately mean that there will be passenger connectivity across these countries, and you can simply hop into a train and get down in Moscow. The treaty seems to be primarily aimed at freight traffic. But if an interconnect is established and the trains begin running across borders, there is no reason why it would not eventually result in introduction of passenger trains.


I would look forward to see that day to come. It would be a joy to trace the route taken by Paul Theroux which resulted in the legendary book - 'The Great Railway Bazaar'.


See the full story - http://ibnlive.in.com/news/indian-railways-set-to-connect-with-27-countries/94539-3.html

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