Time Table


11:00 – 12:00 Registration
12:00 – 13:00 Inauguration
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 17:00 RDSO/IIT Kanpur SessionsOverview of Research in RDSO
(Mr. R B Srivastava, ED (Research), RDSO) Overview of Railway Technology Mission
(Prof. N Vyas, ME Dept., IIT Kanpur)Instrumentation for Crack Detection
(Prof. N N Kishore, ME Dept., IIT Kanpur)

Improving the Metallurgy of Wheels
(Prof. Sandeep Sangal, MME Dept., IIT Kanpur)

Corrsion Problems in Railway Assets
(Prof. R Balasubramaniam, MME Dept., IIT Kanpur)

Possibilities in Fog Vision
(Prof. Utpal Das, EE Dept., IIT Kanpur)

SIMRAN – Satellite IMaging for RAilway Navigation
(Mr. B M Shukla, CSE Dept., IIT Kanpur)

17:00 – 17:20 Tea Break
17:20 – 17:50 Bijapur – Opening a New Gateway to History
Ravi S and V Bhavi (of Bijapur BG Progress Monitoring Committe)
17:50 – 18:40 Panel Discussion on Diesel and Electric Traction (aka The Great DebateTM)Mr. Ganesh Sahay, Director Standards, Electrical, RDSO
Mr. S Srinivas, IRFCA
Mr. Shubranshu, Chief Motive Power Engineer, SW Railway
Mr. Sachin, Sr. DME, TKD Shed
Mr. Apurva Bahadur, IRFCA
One more electrical expert (pending confirmation)
Moderator (to be decided)
20:00 – 22:00 Convention Dinner at Visitors Hostel
09:30 – 11:00 Session 1Himsagar – Journey from Jammu to Kanyakumari
(Shashanka Nanda, New Delhi)Major Rail Links between India and its Neighbors
(Ajai Banerji, Jaipur)Chinese Railways
(R C Acharya, Member (Retd), Railway Board)
11:00 – 11:20 Tea Break
11:20 – 13:00 Session 2 An Overview of SBC Division
(S Srinivas, Bangalore)GPS Tracking
(Ravi Sundarajan, Bangalore)Bhorghat
(Dr. Shirish Yande, Pune)

Logistics boom and Changing face of Indian Railroads
(Anamitra Ghatak, Mumbai)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 QUIZ!
16:00 – 16:15 Tea Break
16:15 – 17:45 Basics of Diesel-Electric Locos
(Dr. G Swaminathan, Chennai)Workhorses of Bhore Ghats – The WCG2s
(Poochivenkat, Chennai, and Ashish, Pune)Election of host-city for 2009 convention
(Presentations from SBC/BCT groups)Organizers of CNB2008, Closing Remarks
18:00 – 19:00 Heavy Tea

Parallel Activities

There will be a train driving competition using Microsoft Train Simulator. The teams will have to be formed latest by 9th February. Teams can chose to drive either an electric train or a diesel train. All teams will assemble at 09:00 AM on 10th (before our regular program starts). There may be a small 15 minute session of an expert with the teams. (A diesel expert and an electric expert will talk to the respective teams.) After that the logistics of the drive will be worked out.

In addition, there will be several items on display, including models of trains, railway photographs and posters, and books related to trains.



  1. Have great fun, guys – wishing you all a great time at CNB2008!

  2. Best Wishes and lots of fun to IRFCA at CNB 2008! Chug on … !!

  3. Is there any way we can vote for the venue of the next convention? May be an SMS to one nominated number – are you guys listening?

  4. Wishing You all the Best and great Success !!

  5. I regret I couldn’t make it but good luck anyways.

  6. Thanks a ton to Vrij and Eunny for LiveBlogging… missing everymoment of the festival of railfans… Thanks a ton to the organizers – Dr. Dheeraj, Tata Srinivas, Shanx, Joydeep and all…..

  7. My very best wishes to CNB2008 event. I am really missing it.Convey my regards to the IRFCA gang.

  8. Did the MSTS driving competition happen ?
    Eager to know the resutlts …

  9. please tell me how can i join this convention

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