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Mar 02 2017 (16:53)  

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 2183441            Tags   Past Edits
Wondering if someone could briefly explain the main differences between the Radjani and Duronto trains please.

6 posts - Thu Mar 02, 2017

5 posts - Fri Mar 03, 2017

1 posts - Sat Mar 04, 2017

Mar 04 2017 (16:19)
200KMPHFITWAP530086   33 blog posts   43 correct pred (51% accurate)
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Oh wow...that's brilliant.... I would love to hear rail related stories from you about Eurostar & rails in UK.....By the way as a "train manager", what was your nature of duty on the Eurostar trains???
I really love this aspect of railfanning as a passion as it can connect you with people across borders. Cheers.

Mar 06 2017 (16:35)
peternelson444   107 blog posts
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I've been retired for about 15yrs now! Basically in charge of everything on train and all the safety and operational issues. Need to be conversant with rules and regs of 4 railways. UK-France-Belgium and Eurotunnel. Trains travelled at maximum speed of 186mph and 100mph through tunnel. Quite a tressful job at times.

Mar 06 2017 (17:23)
200KMPHFITWAP530086   33 blog posts   43 correct pred (51% accurate)
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That's really nice to hear.... Pretty impressive speeds on offer in your country....Indian Railways lags behind in the aspect of speed. But we are slowly & steadily catching up. Gatimaan Express is certified to run at 100 mph for a major part of its 188 km run. I wanted to ask you a question related to Eurostar trains. I once saw a documentary on them on Discovery Channel. The narrator said that on curves, their speed reduces to 100 km/h and he termed it as "ridiculous". Is it true that 100 km/h speed is perceived that way in your country????Cheers

Mar 07 2017 (23:52)
peternelson444   107 blog posts
Re# 2183441-16            Tags   Past Edits
That was probably when the high speed line between London and Eurotunnel hadn't been completed. But then again I don't ever recall the train running at 50kph round bends.
High speed lines have very few bends indeed for obvious reasons.
By the way one of my duties was also to be able to drive the train in an emergency. Obviously we then had to do all the training for that and take regular assessments.
also had to be able to communicate in English and French.

Mar 08 2017 (00:02)
©The Dark Lord™~   5719 blog posts
Re# 2183441-17            Tags   Past Edits
Europe has a developed railway system, Indian is still 20-30 years behind that.
General Travel
Mar 06 2017 (17:41)  

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 2188058            Tags   Past Edits
I'm confused re the Trivandrum Radjhani and Madgaon Radjhani. They both seem to depart Delhi at same time? Can you clarify please.

Mar 06 2017 (17:46)
A good day ahead~   2450 blog posts
Re# 2188058-1            Tags   Past Edits
Both trains have almost identical schedules, but operate on different days of the week.

Mar 06 2017 (18:00)
One Mail~   4816 blog posts   1439 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Both have slot sharing. Both runs on different day.

Mar 06 2017 (21:43)
peternelson444   107 blog posts
Re# 2188058-3            Tags   Past Edits
Ah thank you.
Does the Madgaon Radjhani start from Delhi?
General Travel
Mar 06 2017 (16:57)   12432/Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin - Thiruvananthapuram Central Rajdhani Express

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 2188021            Tags   Past Edits
I found this link re ordering food on Radjhani Express. I'm confuesed as i though meals were provided on this train.
click here

Mar 06 2017 (17:00)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2779 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2188021-1            Tags   Past Edits
Although food is part of the fare of all Rajdhanis and Shatabdis, one can still order via e-catering website or Travelkhana. I have seen passengers declining to have the Rajdhani food and getting from outside.
General Travel
Mar 03 2017 (13:01)  

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 2184470            Tags   Past Edits
One of main reasons for flying into Delhi is to take Radjhani train to Goa.
Also we want to travel on the Shadtbati train to Agra and back. For two reasons really.
1. To experience that train as I hear in 1AC breakfast served at seat. Are all seats around a table?
2. In Agra it would be criminal not
to visit the Taj Mahal. I think it's do-able in a day trip. Any thoughts anyone.

15 posts - Fri Mar 03, 2017

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Mar 03 2017 (15:15)
200KMPHFITWAP530086   33 blog posts   43 correct pred (51% accurate)
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If you follow the Gatimaan-Shatabdi Combo then you get close to 11 hours in Agra from 10 am to 9 pm which I feel is sufficient enough. The only problem is that in the return, you will arrive Delhi close to 11 PM so you will have to arrange accommodation beforehand in order to avoid late night hassles. But don't go on Friday because Taj Mahal is closed on that day.

Mar 03 2017 (16:03)
↪ abbas*^~   3935 blog posts   448 correct pred (73% accurate)
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Will suggest you following points.
1. Take Gatimaan Express if you are comfortable in taking train from Nizamuddin Station. Gatimaan and Shatabdi Coaches are Same. With Gatimaan Having 10-12kmph more speed then Shatabdi and without any Halt. Food is served at Seat itself in both the train.. You won't find All seat around the Table. Only Middle seats have Table for rest There's provision for Seat Attached Food Rack.
2. Yes Taj Mahal is a Must , as i'm from Agra Only, Private Msg me i can give you some insight and help
you regarding planning the trip.
you can visit Taj Mahal , Agra Fort + Sikandra Also, in One Day itself.
Will suggest you that you should take Bhopal Shatabdi in the morning as it will save your time at Agra.

Mar 04 2017 (15:53)
peternelson444   107 blog posts
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Thanks for that very useful info. Thinking of around first week of February next year. Only real time we can make it. Not sure it's best time to visit though weather wise.
Your thoughts?

Mar 04 2017 (15:58)
LHB for SCR legends please~   414 blog posts   57 correct pred (73% accurate)
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It would be fine. Better to plan towards the end of Feb to avoid Fog related delays.

Mar 04 2017 (16:27)
↪ abbas*^~   3935 blog posts   448 correct pred (73% accurate)
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In Agra, Tourist Season starts from October till March. You can plan for February, Great Time... Weather will be fine, you can expect Lil bit fog. avoid Taj b/w 7-8 in morning Due to Mist/Fog it will ruin your experience. For rest of the time, it will be Fine.
Also If you plan for Feb mid-end , There's a Fest Near Taj Mahal Known as "Taj Mahotsav" Which I Suggest you should check out. It's a Great 10 day Cultural Festival in Shilpgram. now Day's it's being held in the month of March.
Mahotsav :- click here Definitely you should plan around this time.
General Travel
Feb 28 2017 (16:41)  

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 2181253            Tags   Past Edits
Is there a Radjani train or one of similar standard that goes from Howrah Kolkota to Goa?

Feb 28 2017 (16:43)
बरौनी लखनऊ एक्सप्रेस~   8143 blog posts   119 correct pred (74% accurate)
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Mar 03 2017 (13:30)
Lyon is Roaring today^~   79618 blog posts   5092 correct pred (78% accurate)
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No Rajdhani on this route
From Howrah to Mumbai You can take Duronto which is as good as Rajdhani
From Mumbai to Goa take Jan Shatabdi AC chair car . Jan Shatabdi is as fast as Rajdhani in Konkan railway.

Mar 03 2017 (13:31)
Pran Pratim Ghosh   20222 blog posts   94826 correct pred (75% accurate)
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there is only one train Amravati Exp, which takes quite a time.

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Mar 03 2017 (13:39)
200KMPHFITWAP530086   33 blog posts   43 correct pred (51% accurate)
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Better to take Duronto to Mumbai and then a connecting train to Goa. Or another option is taking a train from Howrah to Ernakulam/Kochi & then another connecting train to Goa. But the journey time will be more in the latter.
General Travel
Feb 27 2017 (21:20)  

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 2180398            Tags   Past Edits
On the Radjani train from Delhi to Madgaon I am given a few options when booking berth in 1AC. Somewhat confusing.
the difference between a Cabin a Coupe?
I assumed lower and upper berths refer to a 4 berth compartment. Obviously Coupe for 2 people. But what's this other option of Cabin.

Feb 27 2017 (21:38)
Had a Journey of RPM WAP7 mania~   1113 blog posts   6 correct pred (73% accurate)
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Cabin has 4 berths 2 lower 2 upper
Coupe has 2 berths 1 lower 1 upper

Feb 28 2017 (16:39)
peternelson444   107 blog posts
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Yes i understand that but WHY offer "Cabin" only as a choice? Why not just Coupe and Lower and Upper as the three choices?
If Cabin selected it then doesnt give an option of lower or upper.

Feb 28 2017 (16:45)
बरौनी लखनऊ एक्सप्रेस~   8143 blog posts   119 correct pred (74% accurate)
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1 AC bekar hai...2 AC is better

Feb 28 2017 (17:07)
peternelson444   107 blog posts
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Thank you. Can you please say why the train you suggested is better.
General Travel
Mar 21 2016 (21:59)  

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 1775270            Tags   Past Edits
recently returned from my trip to India and had a wonderful time. Now planning next trip.
Thinking about taking the Trivndrm Rajdhani (12432) from Delhi to Madgaon.
We would like to go 1AC. Are the berths 4 or 2 in 1AC? Also are meals included?
Any other tips or info on that train would be most welcomed. Thanks

Mar 21 2016 (22:14)
Abhishek Jaiswal*^~   45205 blog posts   18372 correct pred (70% accurate)
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4 and much comfortable, food included with extended service.

Mar 21 2016 (22:18)
ravi~   472 blog posts   217 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Rajdhani Express is probably the best train you can try.Also you should go for 1 A.C. but it is advisable that you should take confirmed tickets.

Mar 21 2016 (22:30)
peternelson444   107 blog posts
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Thanks for that. I can easily book through cleartrip. Is it possible to choose a coupe? or is it pot luck?

Mar 21 2016 (22:33)
ravi~   472 blog posts   217 correct pred (67% accurate)
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You can choose but it also depends on luck

Mar 21 2016 (22:49)
Rahul K😎🚂~   1959 blog posts   2041 correct pred (77% accurate)
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If you do not get berths in Trivendrm Rajdhani, You can also try Madgaon Rajdhani (22414), which is specially for Delhi-Goa passengers and there is more chance of getting confirmed berths in Madgaon Rajdhani..
General Travel
Jan 07 2016 (18:15)  

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 1704157            Tags   Past Edits
Anyone know how i can find or contact the chap that allocates berths in 1AC. We have reservations on overnight Konkan Kanya Express from CST to Madgaon. My wife and I are both senior citizens and would like to request the Coupe.
Any suggestions/help etc much appreciated.
General Travel
Dec 31 2015 (22:07)  

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 1697590            Tags   Past Edits
If I took the 08.40am Konkan Express from CST to Neral arriving at 10.03am would I be able to connect with a Toy Train?
I could get the earlier Deccan Exp leaving at 7.00am and arriving at 8.25am.
Any help/advice would be much appreciated. We travel on 18th January.

Dec 31 2015 (22:12)
Addicted To IRI®♔®~   15315 blog posts   626 correct pred (62% accurate)
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It's Koyna not konkan & Yes 10.40 Ki Neral Matheran Train hai
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Oct 07 2015 (19:55)   11024/Sahyadri Express

peternelson444   107 blog posts
Entry# 1610634            Tags   Past Edits
Unable to book the Sahyadri Express (11024) from Neral to CST due to not within area etc. I tried from Karjat but still the same message. However from Lonavala it's ok. So i booked to lower berths in AC2.
Of course i will not be boarding at Lonaval but will board at Neral. My question is will my berths still be valid even though i didnt occupy them from Lonaval? Will i be regarded as a non show.
I did try through the booking process to choose Neral as boarding point but kept
getting same error message.
Need some reassurance my wife and i will be ok.

2 posts - Wed Oct 07, 2015

2 posts - Sat Oct 10, 2015

Oct 10 2015 (16:49)
warriorsultan   1206 blog posts   48 correct pred (81% accurate)
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Mr Nelson, I am afraid booking wouldn't be possible under any circumstances. Neral and CST, under railway parlance comes under similar set of groupings ie the suburban railway and hence a reservation is technically not possible between these two stations. You gotta either take your chances and trust the ticket checker to not have stuck to the rule book (which is common in India), in which case you get your seat at Neral OR you can cancel the present one, and take an unreserved 2AC ticket at the ticket counter at Neral. You can then hop on to the 2AC coach and sit in any empty berth available. And I am sure you will find berths in this train.
Alternatively I
would suggest you to buy a first class ticket and take any fast local train to CST. Around noon on a weekday/weekend, the first class coach would be fairly empty. You have dozens of fast locals from Neral to CST which takes about 90 mins, the same as Sahayadri exp. Here is the list- click here

Oct 10 2015 (16:52)
peternelson444   107 blog posts
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I just tried it again and still got error message
Reason for failure as indicated by IRCTC:

Oct 10 2015 (17:45)
peternelson444   107 blog posts
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Thanks for that. What i foind diffiult to understand is why i was given a drop down menu with a choice to board at Neral as opposed to Lonavala where ticket is valid from.
However i understand what you're saying.
How about if we just boarded the train with our original printed out ticket(which i am in possession of now) and sat anywhere where a seat was free. Of course we will try to board at coach our reservation is at. A1.
was even thinking emailing someone "in the know" at IRCTC. Do you have any ideas re email addresses? Seems such an easy problem to solve. But as with the UK there are 'jobsworths' everywhere.

Oct 10 2015 (18:11)
warriorsultan   1206 blog posts   48 correct pred (81% accurate)
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Emails dont work in this regard with IRCTC.
You can actually go about with the option you've listed. Board the train, find any empty seat and sit. 99% you will find empty seats in 2AC, but incase you do find it full, just get into the next coach which is 3AC. Highly unlikely that the TTE is going to de-board you on this count.

Oct 10 2015 (18:45)
ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok*^~   18084 blog posts   38010 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Regarding dropdown menu its uniformly designed for all trains/stations and can't be changed for a specific train/station where in some peculiar reason will be bothering (in this case, stations falling in same suburban network). Ideally short distance bookings are given less importance and as suggested by Mr. Raviraj, try taking first class ticket in suburban and travel or with this booking, try boarding at Neral and convince TTE onboard somehow (may be by telling that due to urgency you boarded some other coach or so)...
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