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Yesterday (10:34)   56136/Mettupalayam-Ooty MG Passenger | MTP/Mettupalayam (3 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (78% accurate)
Entry# 2175206            Tags   Past Edits
Prologue :
If you know your adversary and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not your adversary, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither your adversary nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle – A slightly modified Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
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to December 2015 : No idea about whom we were trying to conquer. We underestimated our opponent and over confident of our abilities. We had the will but we couldn’t find the way. We planned a lot and fell short. Nevertheless, we did not give up. We learnt from our mistakes, we respected our opponent, we understood our limitations, we figured out how to mitigate our weaknesses and harness them into strengths. December 2015 never let us down, it gave us what we needed to complete our mission. We came back a year later determined, prepared, stronger, confident & with a load of genuine respect for our opponent and this time we conquered.
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Winter of 2015, we were refreshingly tired after our experience with the Nilgiri Mountain Railways(NMR) trekking from Kallar to Hillgrove. The Nilgiris brought us down to our knees and were forced to cut short our expedition by at least 4-5 kilometers for various reasons which includes a minor casualty due to slight dehydration. Down, but not yet out a unanimous decision was made to complete the challenge the following year and thus started the planning for the second half of the adventure, which is to trek from Hillgrove to Coonoor on the UNESCO Heritage NMR. After a full couple of minutes, the plan was finalized. Take the NMR ride from Mettupalayam to Hillgrove & trek along the tracks from Hillgrove to Coonor. Book tickets on the opening day and this time be prepared, mentally prepared. Dates, a weekend of Dec 2016. With 5 options for weekends in Dec 2016, we would end up discussing / planning / evaluating individual’s availability, commitments and constraints before we would end up with the weekend of Dec 17-18 2016 to complete our mission. Permissions would be obtained and bookings would be completed in due course.
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It was a mildly overcast sky when I returned from work. An unusually busy day at work followed by usual domestic stuff, a day unlike any other. I could vividly recollect the events of that Monday. Extreme fatigue and I had all the symptoms of going under the weather until the weekend. Wanting to cheer me up, for a change, I decided to engage myself in the whatsapp conversations of the selected two or three rail groups, I am a part of. I hate typing on mobiles and not very good at trying to send my message across on text. I kind of need supplemental messaging formats commonly called as body language & delivery tone associated with my postings to accurately deliver my message, which I so lack in Whatsapp and chats. Emoticons can only do so much. Added to that being not an outgoing extrovert myself, a post from me on Whatsapp usually takes a couple of seconds for others to register and realize my presence amongst them. The moment I opened up my chats, I could sense some “tension” and with the lack of real emotions, our group already had a dropout. Apparently some nerves got pinched and resulted in unexpected outcomes. There were already around four dropouts earlier. The group is now down from around 22-23 to a paltry 15-16. I am now struck with a dilemma, as the drop out was none other than my usual partner in crime. With all these uncertainties, I just left the situation as it is and expected time to take care of the situation. It was not until a couple of weeks prior to the planned trek, that issues started resolving itself and not before other emergencies claimed a couple more wickets. Over a quick get together with IRFCAns in Bangalore, PK & self confirmed to have the trek back on track to the organizing team in Coimbatore. With things now looking up and the schedule now back on track, nature had other plans for us.
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Week of Dec 12-17 2016. Cyclone Vardah rips apart Chennai. Nature unleashes its fury. Trains were cancelled and those running had unpredictable delays and schedules. NMR passes through some dense jungle, steep & curvy mountainous gradients and is ripe for landslides even during dry weather. It is a very delicate customer and just as Mr Murphy wanted, land slides disrupt the rail traffic on the Hillgrove – Coonoor section just after Hillgrove, the exact section we wanted to trek. All NMR train services stand cancelled until 17-Dec-2016, the exact date we were scheduled to board the “OOTY TRAIN” from Mettupalayam to Hillgrove. The optimistic bunch of railfans that we were and our lack of faith in Mr Murphy’s persistence ensured we did not alter our plans and decided to proceed as scheduled. Meanwhile in Bangalore, my travel partner, being a sincere employee that he is threatens to cancel his trip again prioritizing his official commitments. No longer interested in these uncertainties, I decided to care no more and collected my PRS tickets from him the previous day, 15-Dec-2016 en route from my workplace to home.
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By Now, the news was official and the press started spewing its venom. Accusations flew liberally on the mismanagement in NMR, how tourists are made to suffer due to cancellation of these services, how IR whiles away its time without doing any real proactive work. During the course of our trek, we witnessed how NMR was trying to get the tracks cleared of the landslide, which I would present in due course. After all, it is press, who is no longer interested in delivering news, but focused only on TRP, cheap attention grabbing headlines and letting us know how a simple and straightforward twitterati response by an unknown self proclaimed celebrity has knocked the wind out of everyone criticizing them. Little do these armchair activists with 3 inches of makeup, who follow celebrities and pornstars in social media for “real” news, know the real world. Please allow me to vent my frustration because these news articles did make a dent in may plan. I had to spend an eternity in convincing everyone back home, that we are a bunch of crazy folks, but would never do to anything to put anyone of us in jeopardy. If nature had other plans, so do we and we will venture out doing something else. After a challenging session to make people see the sanity and levelheadedness in me, it was time for a conference to decide what to do. It was ultimately decided that we would meet at Mettupalayam and evaluate.
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Next Episode : The Trip Starts.

  
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ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok*^~   18023 blog posts   37957 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Looks interesting...keep writing :)

  
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Yesterday (22:11)
PKV*^~   19082 blog posts   72 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Brilliant beginning. Eagerly awaiting the remaining parts.
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Today (08:54)  

MJ*^   8567 blog posts   11560 correct pred (68% accurate)
Entry# 2176436            Tags   Past Edits
.' हर हर महादेव '...
जो अमृत पीते हैं उन्हें देव कहते हैं,
और जो विष पीते हैं उन्हें देवों के देव
"महादेव" कहते हैं ... !!!
♨ ॐ नमः शिवाय ♨
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भोलेनाथ आपकी सारी मनोकामनाएं पूर्ण करे.....
ॐ नमः शिवाय
महाशिवरात्रि की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं 🙏🏼🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 🙏🏼

  
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Today (09:03)
PIyUsH SInGH™^~   1672 blog posts   1745 correct pred (73% accurate)
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Change category to GREETINGS.
  
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Today (09:19)   SEE/Sonpur Junction (4 PFs)

Bhavesh~   2949 blog posts   3810 correct pred (84% accurate)
Entry# 2176461            Tags   Past Edits
Just spotted the rake of NFR prince Dibrugarh Shatabdi at Sonpur.All coaches are NF marked even the EOG's also.Hope somebody from Barauni,Katihar or Njp side will spot it.Orange coloured alco (shed not seen)leading.
  
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Today (07:33)   12367/Vikramshila Express | BRYA/Barhiya (3 PFs)

Bhavesh~   2949 blog posts   3810 correct pred (84% accurate)
Entry# 2176293            Tags   Past Edits
विक्रमशिला में इंटर परीक्षार्थियों ने की जमकर तोड़फोड़।।

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Today (09:08)
Indian Railways the life line of our Nation~   11357 blog posts   136 correct pred (83% accurate)
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Aapko abhi in sab ke baare me saayad jayda nahi pata.
Btw hame jald hi ek loco ride milegi vo bhi apne dum pe.

  
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Today (09:09)
BARMER HOWRAH EXPRESS most demand^~   2500 blog posts   248 correct pred (56% accurate)
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Bhai hum to 2 baar loco ride par ja chuke hai.😂😂

  
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Today (09:30)
Indian Railways the life line of our Nation~   11357 blog posts   136 correct pred (83% accurate)
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Aap jaan pehchaan waalo ke saath gaye honge

  
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Today (09:33)
Bhavesh~   2949 blog posts   3810 correct pred (84% accurate)
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Bhai hum to 6 baar gaye hai jisme se 4 baar jaan pehchaan aur 2 baar emergency me.

  
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Today (09:33)
BARMER HOWRAH EXPRESS most demand^~   2500 blog posts   248 correct pred (56% accurate)
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Ha LP jaan pehchaan wale the.
  
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Today (09:32)   LMP/Lakhimpur (1 PFs)

asifthehunk   10 blog posts
Entry# 2176474            Tags   Past Edits
मोबाइल फ्लैश बट वेल्डिंग मशीन से जोड़ी जा रही ब्रॉडगेज रेल पटरियां
सीतापुर से मैलानी के बीच 106 किलोमीटर में चल रहे आमान परिवर्तन का काम तेज हो गया है। यदि सब कुछ ठीक-ठाक रहा तो बरसात के पहले इस रूट पर ट्रायल ट्रेनें दौड़ने लगेंगी। कार्यदायी संस्था आरबीएनएल ने बरसात से पहले ही इस काम को पूरा करने का लक्ष्य बनाया है। बता दें आमान परिवर्तन का काम करीब दो साल पीछे चल रहा है। अब इस काम में और ज्यादा देरी न हो इसलिए काम की रफ्तार बढ़ा दी गई है।
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के सीनियर प्रोजेक्ट मैनेजर एसके वर्मा ने बताया कि सीतापुर और मैलानी रेल प्रखंड के बीच लूप लाइन सहित 118 किलोमीटर ब्रॉडगेज की रेल पटरियां बिछाई जानी है। इसमेें 60 किलोमीटर रेल पटरियां मोबाइल फ्लैश बट वेल्डिंग मशीनों से जोड़कर लिंक की जा चुकी है। उन्होंने बताया कि इसके अलावा इस प्रखंड पर 100 पुलों का निर्माण किया जाना है, इसमें 65 पुलों के बक्से डाले जा चुके है। 12 पुलों का निर्माण कार्य साइट पर ही किया जाएगा। इसमें इस प्रखंड में शामिल बाकेगंज, फरधान और ओयल के क्रमश: दो सौ, एक सौ पचास और एक सौ फिट लंबाई के तीन बडे़ पुलों पर निर्माण कार्य तेजी से चल रहा है।
सीनियर प्रोजेक्ट मैनेजर ने बताया कि ब्रॉडगेज की ट्रेनें दौड़ाने के लिए नहर पुलों पर 25 मीटर गहराई की नींव खेदकर उसमें कंकरीट डालकर मजबूत किया जा रहा है। उन्होंने बताया कि इसके अलावा मीटर गेज के 100 रेल फाटकों में 23 को बंद कर दिया गया है। इन बंद किए गए रेल फाटकों पर (एलएचएस) लिमिट हाइट सबवे बनाए जाएंगे। इसमें 13 फाटकों पर निर्माण कार्य तेजी से चल रहा है। साथ ही भविष्य में सीतापुर-मैलानी ब्राडगेज रेल प्रखंड पर 32 मानवरहित रेल फाटक बनाए जाने की योजना है।
उन्होंने बताया कि इसके अलावा मैलानी और बाकेगंज के बीच जंगल से होकर गुजरी 16 किलोमीटर रेल मार्ग पर तेजी से कार्य चल रहा है। इसमें सात किलोमीटर ब्रॉडगेज की पटरियां बिछाने के साथ ही ऑटोमैटिक मशीनों से पटरियों की वेल्डिंग का कार्य काफी तेजी से चल रहा है। उन्होंने बताया कि ब्रॉडगेज रेलवे स्टेशन भवनों का निर्माण कार्य लगभग अंतिम चरण में है। इसी कड़ी में लखीमपुर, सीतापुर, गोला गोकर्णनाथ, हरगांव और मैलानी में हाई लेबल प्लेटफार्म बनाए जाने के साथ ही फुट ओवरब्रिजों का निर्माण कराया जाएगा। अन्य स्टेशन पर मीडियम और लो लेबल प्लेटफार्म बनवाए जा रहे हैं।
  
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gurmeetsinghvirdi*^~   2517 blog posts   49110 correct pred (73% accurate)
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What is the refund rule for cancellations of tatkal ticket?
Any links
  
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Today (09:23)   19309/Shanti Express | BRC/Vadodara Junction (7 PFs) | BRC/WAP-4E/22561

Anurag WAPAHOLIC~   6206 blog posts   843 correct pred (67% accurate)
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BRC WAP4 reversing towards loco shed... This train hauled shanti express... The train reverses at Vadodara... A new loco took charge from other end...
Usually this train departs from PF7 but yesterday this train departed from PF3...

  
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Today (09:32)
Surat Mumbai Tejas Soon*^~   30390 blog posts   67737 correct pred (81% accurate)
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May be some other train placed on Pf 7
  
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Today (09:23)   KKN/Khirkiya (2 PFs)

Nitin Kumar~   2465 blog posts   303 correct pred (66% accurate)
Entry# 2176467            Tags   Past Edits
Khirkiya Railway Station , WCR :)
Trip is in progress. Status not available.
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Today (07:05)
debarathi mandal   4249 blog posts   9725 correct pred (87% accurate)
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2 upper berth seat...Very very sad before journey......

  
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Today (08:30)
debarathi mandal   4249 blog posts   9725 correct pred (87% accurate)
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On the way of Yesvantput

  
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Today (09:30)
debarathi mandal   4249 blog posts   9725 correct pred (87% accurate)
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At PF 6.....Waiting for train......
  
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Today (09:29)   RPI/Rupaheli (1 PFs)

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