Turn Table of Akhaura

Just before two weeks , I was ignorant about Turn Table. I have known it, when one of GEC member ammomin(a traveler in GEC) gives a reply to my GEC post .   Its a railway term. In simple meaning the device which reverse the locomotive. It will be wise for me to give a formal definition of Turn Table for ignorant people like me-

"A Turn Table is a device to turn railroad rolling stock. When steam locomotives were still in wide use, many railroads need a way to turn the locomotives around for return tips  as there controls were often not configured for extended periods of running in reverse and in many locomotives the top speed was  lower in reverse motion. Turn Table were also used to turn observation cars windowed lounge faced toward the rare of the train."  - Wiki

I was travelling to the Eastern zone of Bangladesh, at the end of this June. Akhaura Junction was a general stoppage for the inter city train (Jayantika) on the way to the Sylhet(Now Azampur Railway Station is a regular stoppage at Sylhet Line). 
There I find out a turn table in Akhaura Junction. it was a rainy day, so I did not dare to use our team's camera. I am giving a Google Earth Sat view of that round table:
Google Earth Historic Imegary
 It is one of the oldest turn table in Bangladesh. There are two more in Kamlapur and Pahartali identified by Ammomin. I guess there will be another one in Saidpur Railway Workshop. This one could be the oldest one in Bangladesh. It was built by the Ransomes and Rapier Ltd at Ipswich, England in 1927.

I guess This turn table is still an active one for Bangladesh Railway. This is a nice mechanical stuff. Some times it seem to me , our Railway Authority is not so strong in operation , I feel worried about this popular communication, but when I find out such old things are still in use with care, I feel proud of our Bangladeshi Railway. 
Akhaura Map can be accessed here.
Google Earth Placemark 
More pixes in Wikimedia | Bangladesh Railway Stations
Panoramio pixes is erased on the owners request, will be restored after owners consent. 


Faysal said...

Recently , I notice that , this post is getting a good page ranking in Google, while searching -"which train stop at akhaura junction station, bangladesh" or "train stop before Akhaura". So, here is the schedule relating the Akhaura Junction. My browser is behaving like stranger with me, it is blocking cookies of weak site like "Bangladesh Railway".Anyway, I manage the schedule somehow. Sorry for not to show it in a proper table.
Here it is-
Intercity Trains From Akhaura :
Train No Name Off Day From Departure To Arrival
703 Mohanagar Godhuli No Akhaura 18:42 Dhaka 21:25
704 Mohanagar Provati No Akhaura 10:33 Chittagong 14:20
709 Parabat Express Tuesday Azampur 09:12 Sylhet 13:10
710 Parabat Express Tuesday Azampur 19:33 Dhaka 21:45
711 Upakul Express Wednesday Akhaura 17:50 Dhaka 20:25
712 Upakul Express Wednesday Akhaura 09:50 Noakhali 13:15
717 Jayantika Express No Azampur 16:27 Sylhet 21:00
718 Jayantika Express Thursday Azampur 11:57 Dhaka 14:35
719 Paharika Express Monday Akhaura 12:30 Sylhet 17:00
720 Paharika Express Saturday Akhaura 15:05 Chittagong 19:30
721 Mohanagar Provati Sunday Akhaura 11:08 Dhaka 13:50
722 Mohanagar Godhuli Sunday Akhaura 17:43 Chittagong 21:50
723 Udayan Express Saturday Akhaura 01:15 Sylhet 06:00
724 Udayan Express Sunday Akhaura 01:20 Chittagong 05:30
Mail/Express Trains :
Train No Name Off Day From Departure To Arrival
1 Dhaka Mail No Akhaura 03:30 Dhaka 07:10
2 Chittagong Mail No Akhaura 02:35 Chittagong 07:15
3 Karnafuli Express No Akhaura 15:32 Dhaka 20:45
4 Karnafuli Express No Akhaura 13:25 Chittagong 19:10
37 Mymensingh Express No Akhaura 21:45 Jagannathgonj Ghat 08:50
38 Mymensingh Express No Akhaura 14:00 Chittagong 21:25
33 Titas Commuter No Akhaura 05:00 Dhaka 08:30
9 Surma Mail No Akhaura 01:33 Sylhet 09:10
10 Surma Mail No Akhaura 03:35 Dhaka 09:55
11 Dhaka Express No Akhaura 01:15 Dhaka 05:55
12 Noakhali Express No Akhaura 00:15 Noakhali 04:40
13 Jalalabad Express No Akhaura 02:40 Sylhet 11:10
14 Jalalabad Express No Akhaura 05:35 Chittagong 12:55
17 Kushiara Express No Akhaura 16:50 Sylhet 00:30
46 Samatat Express No Akhaura 12:40 Noakhali 19:25


Professor Dr M A Akbar said...

Very soon Agartala (India) will be connected with Akhaura Rly Stn., which is not very far.Only couple of kilometers.

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