Hours spent IM’ing each other, calling potential speakers and having occasional disagreements. These are the things one goes through when putting together what is arguably the most important part of the convention – the speaker and sessions lineup. So without further ado here’s the list of who and what you will be listening to. Apologies in advance for not putting this in a tabular format (WordPress sucks sometimes!).
08:30 – 09:00 : Registration and Breakfast. Sridhar’s cooking up his signature dish – the veggie upma!
09:00 – 09:15 : Where all of you will say, “Present, Saar” and watch as we start the loco.
09:15 – 09:45 : The Numbers Game – Rabibrata and “Koochuckchuk” Krishnan will let fly a volley of numbers. Ever wanted to find out what loco took out the Trivandrum mail on 26th Nov. 1983? This is the chance to find out!
09:45 – 10:15 : Driving by software – Sujeet Mishra from CLW will let us know how he did that on a WAP-7! Updates, news and all the loco gadgetry you ever wanted to know straight from the source.
10:15 – 10:45 : Private Railways of the 60’s – Ajai Banerjee delves into his vast source of trivia and comes up with something no one’s paid much attention to. If you are a history buff, you will love this.
10:45 – 11:30 : Shutterbug – “Poochi” Venkat and Apurva Bahadur share some tips and techniques on what we do so often. They will also be delving into solving the obstinance of IR’s bureaucracy, RPF tightrope walking and all the other small things that go into taking photos. Please bring along your questions – we will have lots of time for Q & A.
11:30 – 11:45 : Chai (Laloo style, hopefully!)
11:45 – 12:15 : Errr..where does the transformer go? Mr. Parimala Kumar from Perambur Loco Works will be telling us about that and a whole lot more about loco maintenance, POH’s and other juicy details about operations in PeLW.
12:15 – 12:45 : To Road No. 6 – Sridhar Joshi takes you on a video tour of the MAS RRI cabin. He’ll be talking about receiving and dispatching trains and some mysterious bits about shunting.
12:45 – 13:15 : The UN is right! NMR richly deserves its Heritage status. Telling us about how it came to and a whole lot more will be a representative from the CME’s office.
13:15 – 14:00 : Lunch! (Three cheers for Chettinadu Chicken curry! Veggies, don’t worry. You will be catered to!)
14:00 – 14:30 : Part 1 of The Build Your Train Quiz. Ajai Banerjee and Sridhar Joshi test your IR knowledge.
14:30 – 15:00 : South Of The Vindhyas – Mohan Bhuyan talks about the line from Khandwa to Mhow. Includes some never before seen photos!
15:00 – 16:00 : Part 2 of The Build Your Train Quiz. Ajai Banerjee and Sridhar Joshi test your IR knowledge even more! Your only chance to be crowned the ultimate IRFCA guru.
16:00 – 16:20 : Throw Your Questions @ VSP – After the FAQ’s he is probably IRFCA’s second most important resource. Don’t miss your chance to question him on reservation rules, train numbers and waiting list arcana.
16:20 – 17:30 : Engineering Allowance – Some videos, small talk, auctions, and good byes!
Awesome show, it’s going to be! See you all there.