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Blog Posts by Arun Pandian
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★★★  Rail Fanning
Aug 19 2016 (21:50)  

Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Entry# 1967569            Tags   Past Edits
Had wonderful time and RF Session with NS Pradeep and Ravi sir on 15th August 2016 on the occasion of 39th Anniversary of the SR Speed star Vaigai Express
The Day Started with the Loco Decoration with assistance and guidance from few railway friends of mine , The Special Day Turned on our Energy once after Seeing My Favorite LP with my Favorite Train , The Day Bloomed with complete Happiness when the entire loco was surrounded by retired loco pilots and current loco pilots and other staff's of Vaigai , Retired Loco Pilot Mr D.Krishnan Welcomed Ravi sir and Pradeep we started the Honoring Ceremony , We honored the Loco Pilot G.Kathavarayan(the seniormost LP in SR/IR with 40+ years Piloting
Experience) with a memento , we honored the retired LP D.krishnan and then joined us the Cheif Crew Controller Venkatesh sir we tied a Ribbon in the loco and the LP Entered the LOCO after Cutting the Ribbon, we Started Sharp By 7am

1 posts - Sat Aug 20, 2016

Aug 20 2016 (09:30)
Subhash Dhavala*^~   6267 blog posts   4669 correct pred (61% accurate)
Re# 1967569-2            Tags   Past Edits
Arun, Good to see you after long time. BTW great Pics and all hail Minti and Moderator :)

Aug 21 2016 (03:23)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1967569-3            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks bro , i need to thank moderator sir and Minti bro in supporting me in organizing this event

Aug 21 2016 (03:24)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1967569-4            Tags   Past Edits
detailed Report is yet to come , i will post it in a day or 2

Aug 21 2016 (05:17)
selvamssm*^~   4742 blog posts   38 correct pred (49% accurate)
Re# 1967569-5            Tags   Past Edits
Great. Awaiting eagerly for the reports. Nice to see Moderator Sir and members from IRI.

Aug 21 2016 (12:18)
Sealdah Jammu HumSafar should get JRC Stoppage*^~   8947 blog posts   1 correct pred (33% accurate)
Re# 1967569-6            Tags   Past Edits
Awesome pics and very nice report. Arun Sir, kindly tag the train and station name above this blog entry :)
★★★  General Travel
Aug 15 2016 (21:21)   12638/Pandian SF Express (PT) | MDU/Madurai Junction (6 PFs)

Prasanna   12 blog posts   7 correct pred (100% accurate)
Entry# 1963772            Tags   Past Edits
Proud to be a fan of pandiyan as it gets Linke Hofmann Busch LHB coaches from today.. one among the few SR trains to get this...:)

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Aug 19 2016 (20:41)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1963772-21            Tags   Past Edits
yes Bro one of the few trains that got converted as LHB very soon
i was expecting you in Vaigai Celebration ..

Aug 19 2016 (20:43)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1963772-22            Tags   Past Edits
TN and GT would get Shortly , for Both GT and TN it require 8 Rakes for operation!! hopefully next train in MDU Dvn would be nellai !!

Aug 19 2016 (20:57)
selvamssm*^~   4742 blog posts   38 correct pred (49% accurate)
Re# 1963772-23            Tags   Past Edits
I am out of country. I will surely join in future when I am in India.
★  Rail Fanning
Aug 14 2016 (16:33)  

Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Entry# 1962632            Tags   Past Edits
I welcome you all dear railfans for the 39th anniversary celebration of SR's MASTER Blaster VAIGAI Express (12635/12636) on 15th August 2016, We have planned for a cake cut at Maudrai jn Pf 1 in front of the vaigai express inaugural board , i also welcome dear Mod ji to take part in the celebration
-Arun Pandian.M

Aug 14 2016 (16:35)
MS TPJ section becomes FEDL^~   9767 blog posts   13670 correct pred (86% accurate)
Re# 1962632-1            Tags   Past Edits
It would be fun to be a part of the celebrations. But I am unable to join you. Kindly keep us updated if possible.

Aug 14 2016 (16:36)
MS TPJ section becomes FEDL^~   9767 blog posts   13670 correct pred (86% accurate)
Re# 1962632-2            Tags   Past Edits
A train that has a special place in the hearts of all TN people.

Aug 14 2016 (17:13)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1962632-3            Tags   Past Edits
sure guys , i did it last year , unlike last year i got all confirmations just yesterday , so unable to post it here , on behalf of all railfans i am representing .. lets honor our hero's tommorow !!!

Aug 14 2016 (17:14)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1962632-4            Tags   Past Edits
not only in the hearts of TN people bur entire India the one and only train which had 110 kmph MPS during MG days !! till date its running running like shatabthi in this region!!

Aug 14 2016 (17:49)
MS TPJ section becomes FEDL^~   9767 blog posts   13670 correct pred (86% accurate)
Re# 1962632-5            Tags   Past Edits
Very special one. Kudos to you guys for the effort and also to MDU Divn for maintaining its glory as such. Vaigai has a very aggressive timetable.
★★  Rail Fanning
Jan 28 2016 (00:37)   MDU/Madurai Junction (6 PFs)

Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Entry# 1722909            Tags   Past Edits
Once a Great Grand Steam Loco Shed , Now an Abandoned Heritage Building , it homed 125 YP's YG's and YL's with a grand Turn table in the middle , The Area Besides this shed is named as Kari Medu(Coal Bunk) , Coal Deposits one side , Rusted Bonny Wheels of YP's the other side , Creepers and Bushes along the walls and Turn Table , few MG Lines running here and there this is the current status of the SR's one of the Biggest MG Steam Shed ... Presenting current status THE ROUND HOUSE STEAM LOCO SHED MADURAI for the 1st time, all 125 Loco's are dead , 34 bays are filled with garbage but still few among the 721 Employee's who worked here visit this place once in a week like they Visit a Temple, church,mosque , and one among the 721 took me to this treasure Trove
General Travel
Oct 19 2015 (12:55)  

Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Entry# 1621882            Tags   Past Edits
The Last Stretch of old Dual Guage Lines at Chennai is getting removed today :( which intern marks the end of Dual Guage era at chennai , detailed report will be posted today evening or tomorow
★★★  Rail Fanning
Sep 30 2015 (02:03)   22627/Tiruchirappalli - Tirunelveli SF InterCity Express | MDU/Madurai Junction (6 PFs)

Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Entry# 1603410            Tags   Past Edits
30 Billion Passengers 30 Million trips 3000 Locomotives 300 trains 38 years of driving 3 different Traction's
Retirement to Beloved D. Krishnan Sir Loco Pilot Madurai
Dear Friends and Raifans
Sunday 27/9/2015 Was the Last Working day of a Passionate and an Amazing man Named D.Krishnan LP Mail/Express Madurai , he is very much passionate about Trains and Driving them on time with full safety
Lord Krishnan the Chariot Driver for Arjuna , and there is no wonder D.Krishnan the Loco Pilot for all Indians !!
Brief Introduction to Krishnan sir .. he is loco pilot at madurai , he had driven all traction from MG diesels to BG electrics
If i turn back my pages back to 2011 on july 18th is when we both got introduced to each other , it was a luckiest day in my life nor to any other railfan would be , As most of you knew i love vaigai Express it was on 18th july 2011
i had travelled to Trichy just to capture the WDP 4B action at madurai , by 6.05 the tran entered with a WAP 4 22218 Erode , i was snapping few pics and the in the next line i saw a WDP 4B 40077 GOC which i expected is going to haul Vaigai Express from Trichy
while i was capturing pics my dell streak 7 i heard a strong voice asking what i was doing , as soon a i turned back i saw a tall well Built gey haired man , i really thought he was a RPF who is not in uniform , but then i informed him that iam a Railfan and said that i love vaigai express and shared him few of my pics
and i asked his permssion to take few pics of vaigai express while the diesel engine gets attached , while i was talking to him he was gave a kind look and he was very gently enough and permitted me to take pics , within that conversation the WAP 4 vaigai had come near us and halted , the WAP 4 moved
he asked me where i was working and how did i got into Railfanning i said that iam a born railfan and i still cant remember from which age i started railfanning , then WDP 4B was started to move to ETR and i was enjoying the sound of WDP 4B and like a kid i was informing him that the Loco sound was like an aeroplane sound
for which he smiled and shared me some instances about MG vaigai and the YDM 4 A that were used those days and informed me that Vaigai's Rake were the only rakes to be certified for 110 kmph during MG , and he said he too love vaigai express , he talked to me like a railfan which made me think that even RPF would do railfanning after few minutes
my view towards him changed and once the loco got attached he took his walkie talkie and started talking to Guard stating "Loco Pilot of 2635 vaigai calling guard" those words stunned me and made me fly high in the sky, i asked him sir are the Loco pilot of vaigai , he smiled and said yes and he went inside the loco , without moving my eye contact i was watching what he was doing , after completing the connectivity test formalities he came down and spoke to me and took me inside showed me the loco
what else a rail fan do need more than that in his life when you had got a chance to talk to the hero Loco Pilot of your favorite train , by 6.35 pm the signal went green and D.krishnan sir shared his number and went inside the loco exchanged the signal with guard and started My Favorite train Vaigai , i was left sleepless for more than a week thinking about the incident that hapenned at Trichy
After This we had lot of conversation about railways over phone , and since i lost my mobile i lost my mobile in 2012 i lost his contact and some how i managed to get his number back but due to office pressure and work i was unable to contact him for more than a year thinking that he might have forgot me, i did not contacted him
But i thoughts were false , he is a gnetleman , last march 8th , 8 march 2015 i had been to tuticorin where in saw the WAP 4 at my ansestral home town for the 1st time , on gazing the beauty of the WAP 4 at Thoothukudi , suddenly brought me a surprise the same man appreared in front of me like a GOD and Entered the loco with a smile on his face
i was not able to believe my eyes he was remembering my name and he spoke to me as though we both were talking on a daily basis , he said that he has more 6 moth and on september 27th he is retiring from service and asked me to join without fail and he will invite me for sure , i informed him that i would surely join him

In the meanwhile surprisingly i met him on august 21st when i travelled in 12636 vaigai express from Madurai to chennai , it was the day when i saw him for the 1st time in WAP 7 with his permission i captured a picture of him from WAP 7 and he informed me that he is going to work TPJ-TEN intercity express on 27th and he is going to finish his service
from railways, he said he will be driving the train from Dindigul Jn to Madurai Jn
I Had ordered for a picture cake with all locomotives that he had driven , to tell about D.Krishnan sir , he is an all traction man he had driven MG steam , MG Diesel , MG Hydraulic(YDM 2), BG ALCO , BG EMD , BG AC Conventional(WAP 4, WAM 4 WAP 1 varients) , BG Ac 3phase(WAP 7) , so i had made a picture collage and ordered a photo cake with the same
I Reached Madurai on 26th night and stayed in the nearby hotel i planned to travel in vaigai express till Dindigul and catch up with Krishnan sir's last working train but i asked my friend Gokul who was to join me for the function to join Krishnan sir at his retiring train and i had conveyed the message to krishnan sir that morning what gokul will be meeting him
By 9am i reached madurai station where the cake vendor was waiting for my arrival at Platform 2 , i reached the station platform 2 where i saw the band troop getting ready for the train arrival !! and Krishnan sir's family and his colleagues were waiting aside for the train arrival , Mean while my friend Ashok had arrived and we both made arrangements for the cake cut
we arranged the Boxes which were available in the platform and we opened arranged the cake on seeing our activity , Mrs Krishnan came near us and enquired about our plan we opened the cake and she was amazed to see her hero's picture placed in the cake , on seeing the cake she asked me "are you Arun Pandian" i replied yes and she thanked me for the wonderful cake and she said that Krishnan had told her about me and my love towards rails
Sharp By 9.45 AM the announcements came up follwing the announcement the retirement of Krishnan sir was announced in the Station premisis , in the North end of the platform appeared the decorated loco 30333 RPM WAP 7 hauled 22627 intercity express which was driven by Krishnan sir with his regular assistant Sakthivel Brother and few of his colleagues , the band troop started to play the Band , and the loco came for a halt near the crowd
i rushed near the loco and shook hands with him and adorned him with a shawl and a sandal garland , he stepped down from the loco and all his friends and colleagues adorned him with shawl as a mark of respect , after that i showed him the cake , he was so happy on seeing the cake with pictures of all traction that he had driven , he hugged me and thanked me so much for making that moment very special
with all his family member before the train could depart to Tirunelveli he cut the cake , after which he Got down to tracks and he touched and worshipped his beloved machine for the last time and where we clicked few pictures , we marched along the station along with the band troop till Madurai Crew Booking where official last sign off happened
He Signed off for the last time and cried off , he handed over all the railway belongings to the office , official meeting took place at the Crew Booking office , i was given a chance to speak few words by Karuppaiah sir who is another loco pilot friend at madurai
i was so emotional that i was'nt able to talk much , so i handed over the glass crystal that had his picture and a porcelain picture mug to him and thanked him on behalf of the millions of passengers he had carried all these years
Once after this the whole crowd moved towards the Railway institute where we had lunch and took some snaps with him , at that time he said that he has become a railfan like us now and he would support railfanning always , What more a railfan require apart from the encouraging words from his Beloved Loco Pilot
In that night i was waiting for ananthapuri(16724) express at Platform 1 since in reached early i was roaming in the platform 1 where i saw D.Krishnan sir's Line Box lying in the north end near the signal , it signed as though the Box is waiting for its Boss to picup for the next drive
With all Good Memories of D.krishnan sir i started my journey toward chennai
Right From my deep Heart i wish him a Happy and peaceful Retired Life and May God bless him with Good health
Arun Pandian.M

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Oct 09 2015 (08:24)
Jai Ho ™^~   11981 blog posts   116498 correct pred (75% accurate)
Re# 1603410-86            Tags   Past Edits
I must appreciate your way of handling :)
You tackled the situation very well...

Oct 09 2015 (10:49)
mai hoo na~   635 blog posts   5204 correct pred (70% accurate)
Re# 1603410-87            Tags   Past Edits
Very cheap... Such activities should be discouraged.
Great job done Mr Pandian.

Oct 11 2015 (14:37)
Sealdah Jammu HumSafar should get JRC Stoppage*^~   8947 blog posts   1 correct pred (33% accurate)
Re# 1603410-88            Tags   Past Edits
Oho.... so should I delete my welcoming blog reply in this thread or let it remain? My typing effort went into the water :-(

Oct 12 2015 (17:28)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1603410-89            Tags   Past Edits
These cheap activities made me stay away from blogging most of my Rail-fanning activities in IRI for a long time ,But MOD has taken righteous action , I was very much disappointed due to this !!

Oct 17 2015 (16:40)
12633 Kanyakumari SF express~   612 blog posts   25 correct pred (64% accurate)
Re# 1603410-90            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks sir for sharing one of ur great experiences.... Anyway the act by that fako was disgusting..:-/
★★★  General Travel
Sep 28 2015 (17:35)   12631/Nellai Superfast Express (PT) | MS/Chennai Egmore (11 PFs)

IR no more Safe^~   21664 blog posts   97596 correct pred (75% accurate)
Entry# 1602215            Tags   Past Edits
Nellai Express, Madras Egmore 1986
click here

20 posts - Tue Sep 29, 2015

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Sep 29 2015 (23:00)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1602215-22            Tags   Past Edits
Pandian and Nellai had drastic changes once after getting converted as SF's pandian had 11 hours running time before getting converted as SF 6717/6718 used to be its number in MG and initial BG days .. the current 2637/2638 was used by erstwhile koodal Express which was once used to be reverse for vaigai .. pandian once after converted as SF it Traveling time was reduced to 9 hours and Nellai's Travelling Time used to be 13 hours and 30 minutes initial BG days , after Converted into SF its TT was reduced to 11 hours and 50 minutes

Sep 29 2015 (23:02)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1602215-23            Tags   Past Edits
The train used to get reversed at Tenkasi jn

Sep 29 2015 (23:06)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1602215-24            Tags   Past Edits
In electric traction MU is possible with all Goods and WAM 4 Loco's , in south WAG 9 MU is not being used in SR but in Northern railways i have heard that MU of WAG 9 is being used , but i havent seen WAP 4 nor WAP 7 in MU operation .. very rarely i have heard and seen pictures of MU operation of WAP 5 for Mumbai Raj but that failed

Sep 29 2015 (23:23)
Indian News Paper are biggest Liar*^~   31428 blog posts   69871 correct pred (81% accurate)
Re# 1602215-25            Tags   Past Edits
Mued wag 9 seen in ECR and SECR mostly and some times it seen also in NCR. And mued WAP 5 tested on BLD BRC Express

Sep 30 2015 (01:10)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1602215-26            Tags   Past Edits
From 1994 till 1998 till the last days of MG nellai it used to get reversed at Tenkasi Jn
★★  Rail Fanning
Sep 29 2015 (16:21)   MS/Chennai Egmore (11 PFs)

Guest: 7fc2ceb6   show all posts
Entry# 1602988            Tags   Past Edits
=================== Brief History of Loco Class "YAM-1"(This Locomotive was NOT Built by CLW)================
Indian locomotive class YAM1 is the first, and so far only class of metre gauge (Y), Alternating Current (A), mixed traffic (M) electric locomotive in India. Twenty were built in 1964–66 by a Japanese consortium let by Mitsubushi.
More Details are here:YAM-1
Builders plate on a YAM-1. Note the year of manufacture at the bottom
Link: click here
Link: click here
This Locomotive was purely built by Japanese consortium let by Mitsubushi.

16 posts - Tue Sep 29, 2015

Sep 29 2015 (22:05)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1602988-17            Tags   Past Edits
TO IGBT WAP 5 i am not misusing the privilege of objection , iam using it in the right space and blog where it has to be used !!

Sep 29 2015 (22:07)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Re# 1602988-18            Tags   Past Edits
sure i would remove the disagree , But May i have a proper valid Explanation why was that NOT mentioned previously ???

Sep 29 2015 (22:10)
Tabbys star and the Alien outpost~   2545 blog posts
Re# 1602988-19            Tags   Past Edits
Yes. These were very under-powered too. And sadly they never saw mainline action. Only being used for shunting short freight rakes between MSB and Tambaram and were used only for one suburban service. YCG1 was also unique in that it could be operated for short distances on non-electrified sections when attached to a battery van that also came with the loco.

Sep 29 2015 (22:19)
♕ ❤️ ⚡ WAP5™ ⚡ ❤️ ♕   6507 blog posts   278 correct pred (91% accurate)
Re# 1602988-20            Tags   Past Edits
I actually tried to convey the message "It's hard to say that these locos were unsuccessful" as a reply to the user JAI MAA TARA** (Reply to his post #1). Please understand that.

Sep 29 2015 (22:24)
♕ ❤️ ⚡ WAP5™ ⚡ ❤️ ♕   6507 blog posts   278 correct pred (91% accurate)
Re# 1602988-21            Tags   Past Edits
I also presented the video proof for the same purpose.

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★★★  Travelogue
Aug 24 2015 (09:58)   12635/Vaigai SF Express | MDU/Madurai Junction (6 PFs) | RPM/WAP-7/30368

Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
Entry# 1572448            Tags   Past Edits
************135/136 Vaigai the Legend**********
38th Birthday Celebration for Vaigai Express
A Detailed Story of how this train is formulated and why its so special among railfans and People of SR
Dear members of IRI you all might be
aware of our 38th Vaigai express Service anniversary celebration that happened on 15/8/2015
I am Very much happy to share the story and incidents of Vaigai express which i had collected from various other Ex-rail/current Rail Employee's during 1975 while Madras , Trichy and Madurai were fast developing there were no good roads and people over these areas were completely dependent on the railways , after Various requests by people of the south
SR decided to Run a Superfast Express between Madurai and Chennai via Chord line with the Max speed , so since Speed in MG was Limited to 75kmph those days , After several Research SR Came up with Specially Designed Rake which is specifically Meant for Vaigai Express the Buffers and couplers were Specifically designed and certified to Run at 110kmph to distinguish this rake from other normal Rakes, SR had Made a Special Green/Yellow Livery for this train ,As well Vaigai was the 1st Train in SR to be fitted with Tubelights and glass cover for windows , By 1977 Feb the Rakes were Rolled out of ICF and after Several testing at Last this train was decided to be operated by August
Goc had Furnished few of its YDM 4's to with Extra Jet Booster Motors for efficient Breaking and Pick up , Vaigai had its Specific Locomotives with identical Livery of the coaches which were fit in with Dual tone Horn's the 1st train nor the loco sets to have dual tone horns to make it different from other trains
During initial days unlike shatabthi's and Jan shatabhi's Vaigai do not run on Tuesdays since due to maintenance of the rakes
On 15 August 1977 1st Super-Fast Carrier of madurai and the Fastest Meterguage train from Madurai was flagged off By sharp 6AM, the train was Notched By LP Vembudayan (Late) and the train was flagged of by a senior Gang Man
on the very 1st day Vaigai clocked its Top Speed and reached chennai in 7 hours and 5 minutes Which was equal to most of the BG SF Trains of those days , later on in the 2nd week of the run the Total Travelling time was increased to 7 hours and 30 minutes due to passenger Safety
till 1984 Vaigai Ran with 16 coaches with Dual YDM 4 from Madurai till chennai, it used to leave Madurai at 6am and reach chennai by 1.30pm and start from chennai at 2pm and reach madurai at 9.30pm , In 1984 due to increase in patronage at Trichy Vaigai was Split into two and there came up the 12605/12606 Pallavan Express
Coaches of Vaigai Express were Divided into 2 and were operated as Vagai from Madurai and as Pallavan from Trichy , Ac chair car with 40 seated capacity was Attached to vaigai and pallavan in the same year , no other Meter Gauge train had an AC chair car coach those days
Now coming to the Speed of Vaigai , i still haven’t experienced the MG Vaigai's Speed in any other trains in india till date , i still remember those days Admiring the speed of vaigai passing through from the suburban stations,
Vaigai used to cross the suburbs of chennai like Wind and the horn sound the vaigai will be like the Roar of Lion , Vaigai's MG days run during Yellow Green Livery Would be similar to the Run of Furious Lion roaring towards its Prey
there have been a very famous tamil song in which we can see the Dusting blast of MG King Vaigai
i could still recall that Certain key man will tie themselves with a rope in the nearby pillar to avoid them falling aside while exchanging key for vaigai express , there have been 3 to 4 fatal deaths of key men and SM ariyalur during early 80's who had lost life while exchanging Key and Signals for Vaigai express
My childhood Vaigai Experience were Great , there is no other train travel that could give me the happiness and excitement that MG vaigai gave me
Vaigai had travelled a long way it had got all powerful loco's in this 38 years from YDM4 to WDP 4B in diesels and YAM 1 till WAP 7 in electrics , i somehow restricted in travelling in 3 phase loco hauled train in MS-VM side since i want to do 1st in Vaigai
I have been trying to do a special celebration for vaigai since 2013 on August 15th but unfortunately , none of my emails will get a Reply , in the same mood i had sent an email to MDU Dvn Pro seeking permission for a small cake cut for vaigai express on its Anniversary day
but i totally forgot that email after a week i got a reply asking for my number nor asked me to call to a mobile , while i called that number it was respectable PRO of madurai , he spoke with full hospitality and said that his computer was not working so that he was not able to reply to my mail immediately
he asked me what exactly i want to do i said either at departure or arrival i want to cut cake for the service anniversary since 15 of Aug is its service anniversary , as well i added a point that we want to thank all the railway staff's for operating this train and i said i want the LP of the train to Cut the cake on the anniversary day
PRO said he want to check with higher officials and reply in 2 days
with no confidence i said ok , but for a surprise the next day morning i recieved a confirmation message that officials are ok with doing a small celebration during arrival since the train schedule will get over and LP and ALP can take part, with full rejoice me, Mahesh ji and another die hard non IRI Rail fan Ashok from Madurai started planning what we need to do since we have less days, Ashok came up with an idea of Cutting a Photo Cake old photo of vaigai express clicked By Mani Vijay sir during his travel in vaigai in 1985 , so requested his permission through FB , he was happy enough to permit me to use his Picture in the Cake so we ordered for a 3 kg Cake from Vaigai bakers Madurai(Cake for Vaigai From Vaigai), during the last 2 days my whole mind was completely evolved with Vaigai and design of celebrations , on 12th evening Mahesh sir called me and said that we need to do something that could appreciate the Ground Staffs of railways
we planned for a memento nor a Cup , so i had planned for a Coffee Mug with almost all old Pic's of Vaigai express we made a Tittle "Journey of Vaigai Express from YDM4 to WAP 7" me and mahesh sir worked on CS3 tools to make out a perfect mash up and we landed up with a perfect blend of loco graphics ,we printed the same on 10 Mugs with the tittle “Journey of vaigai from ydm 4 to WAP 7" , on the same day we got an email from PRO stating that crew is already been about the celebration , through some railway friend we came to know that one of senior Loco pilot MR.G Kathavarayan is going to Drive Vaigai on 15th august from VM to MDU
At last the day had come we both got our tickets confirmed in C3 , we both reached the station by 1pm we boarded the train and while on the journey we planned to meet the loco pilot at VM and invite him for our celebration , we had little hesitation since we never knew nor even seen him before, i feel that it was our luck by 2pm while nearing chenglepet
i recieved a call from My Friend Samsun Fernando who knew our plan and he is a railstaff who is returning by the same train till trichy , we asked him to inform the Lp of Vaigai about our plan , he asked us to come near loco and he will help us in talking with him , the train entered VM by 3.50pm and prior to that me and mahesh sir started walking inside the coaches towards loco
For the 1st time my dream of Meeting the Loco Pilot of Vaigai came true through SAMSUN Fernando Bro and Mahesh sir , We met the Loco pilot at VM , he said that he is already informed me and mahesh sir informed him that he is going to be the chief guest and important part of today's celebration, he and ALP of the train said that they would attend for sure
after which we made a move towards our coach , me and mahesh sir doorplate from the 1st coach in our own style , in the single line section Vaigai fired like a Rocket with WAP 7 30368 all that i could see was Green , and Vaigai ruled the tracks like a king
Guguvayur Express (16128) gave way for the Boss with patience at Ullundurpet, Vaigai Cruised through guruvaiyur express with a loud horn and both the lp's shared flag signal, vaigai maintained consistent 110kmph and we reached Vridhachalam sharp by 16.25, train stopped at VRI for 5 minutes since it was 3 minutes BT , Vridhachalam to Ariyalur had about 6 temp Cautions since doubling works are in progress
so speed was limited to 100 and some places 90kmph, at a Station Called ICHANGADU we found WAP 1 hauled train that was Waiting for the Boss to Cross , at the end we found out that was 12666 CAPE-HWH Express , somehow we reached ariyalur on time before ariyalur at station called Sendurai Vaigai Massively overtook VM-MDU Passenger , train stopped there for 1 minutes and started , after ariyalur the line is doubled till Valadi (a station near Trichy)
Vaigai maintained consistent 110kmph with no speed drop from Ariyalur to Valadi from there the train once again swtiched over to single line , the crew was continuously blowing horn since SRGM to GOC there are totally 8 main gates we reached TPJ by 18.20 pm 10 minutes Before time , we planned to walk back to coaches for our surprise , SMR GOC "Peter" who had come to meet us at tpj with some sweets and fruits
he was very kind enough to spend some time with us on his rest hours , train started from TPJ by 18.35pm and picked up speed at Kolathur we slowed down to 10kmph due to temporary speed restriction where 22628 TPJ-TEN ICE was waiting for us and i had a Friend MR Moorthy who is working in that train , he was waiting for us in the door steps of his coach we exchanged a hello and i introduced him to mahesh sir on the run , he asked me to share the celebration pics in whatapp
after this we took some rest and after crossing DG we came to know that train is running 15 minutes Before time and we started following up for cake and by 8.20 we recieved a call from PRO stating that its raining heavily at madurai so we might not be able to do the celebration at the platforms , as he said while entering madurai it was raining heavy , My Best Friend a Die-hard rail fan Ashok collected the cake and was waiting at the platform , before we could reach the loco Lp and ALP already left
with a long face we 3 started walking towards the FOB with no clue of what we are going to do next , within a minutes a gentle man with a black umbrella walked towards us and seeing the cake box he asked us are you Arun and Mahesh we said yes , he said he is the PRO and all other staffs are on the way since its raining LP had left to Crew Booking Lobby , that info from him brought back the ethu for us he said we can go to PF 1 and do the celebration and we 4 started walking , in a short distance we saw a group of
White Uniforms with Walkie Talkie proceeding towards us , they were the SMR , SM's and SEE and JE's and TXR's of Madurai now we had around 15 members with us SMR said we should cut cake at PF1 since Podhigai express is about to reach and passengers might get disturbed so he contacted his junior and asked to Open the SMR Lobby Room , while waking in the FOB the Cheif Crew Controller Mr Venkatesh Joined us and was enquiring about the celebration and for what we are doing this , we said we are doing this to thank all railway staff's for operating Vaigai with Full Excellence in equal to Shatabthi
we reached the SMR room but Lp and ALP of the train were not present , we started talking to everyone about Vaigai and the history of Vaigai Express , meanwhile Ashok Opened the Cake Box which surprised the Crowd since the cake was very awesome , the Cheif Crew controller and PRO immediately called the LP and ALP over phone and asked them to take part , since we 3 said that the Pilot has to cut the cake and take the honor within another 5 minutes ALP and LP was in
The cake catcher their attention , on seeing the Cake LP said that he has worked in this train as a diesel Assistant ,and he started sharing lot of old incidents and history after 10 minutes of LP's speech we three insisted LP sir to Cut the Cake , he said all senior officers are here they have to cut , PRO said that you are the hero of the day and you should cut the cake , sharp By 21.30 LP , ALP along with Crew controller and SMR Cut the Cake and SMR gave cake to LP , ALP and Crew Controller , after than all of the gave cake to each one of us
LP Kathavarayan sir said that in his 35 years of Driving Experience he havent experienced such a funtion he thanked us a lot , we found that a huge part of cake was remaining so we cut down the cake and we distributed it to passengers stating we celebrated Vaigai Express Service annivesary and we did a cake cut to thank the railstaff's for operational excellence , a huge crowd gathered surrounding us , we informed the crowd that these are the people who are traversing us safe and secure all these years and the celebration is to thank them , lot of members in crowd thanked the Station officails and some kids shook hands with LP sir and took cake
After Cake cutting Ceremony we surprised the MDU Dvn staffs with our Massive Coffee Mugs with Vaigai Graphics the cup will have all loco pics of Vaigai express , we presented it as a mememto's to LP , ALP who worked the train and 1 each per department ,and i had personally made a cup to one of my favorite LP Mr D.Krishnan of Madurai who was not able to take part due to health issue for which i handed over to the LP Kathavarayan who said he is staying nearby his house
Lp and ALP became very happy and they both said what they can do for us , we asked them a favor to snap a pic near Vaigai Name board and near the loco they happily agreed and for a moment my childhood dream of taking a snap with the Driver of Vaigai near the Name board of Vaigai Came True
the Day ended successfully with full of happiness and by 10.30pm we moved towards our hotel and slept happily , the next day morning we left madurai in 16128 while leaving The CCRC , Kathavarayan sir and Murugan ALP came to station for the sendoff , it was a happy trip in my life that i had ever made
for our surprise the news had came up in Times of india which PRO had Given to TOI Reporter who called us over phone and took a small interview on the way
"We dont have Shatabthi to Madurai but we have Vaigai which is the brand of the south" , "No shatabthi and no Duronto can Hold his place in SR" , "Vaigai the first Flight of Madurai", "Vaigai the unbeatable king of SR"
The above were the quotes we wrote on the cake
unfortunately we did not take much pics of the celebration
hope you all Enjoyed the history and trip report
Arun Pandian (AP)

32 posts - Mon Aug 24, 2015

2 posts - Tue Aug 25, 2015

Aug 25 2015 (06:50)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
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i think in late 80's the MS-QLN/TVC Super Express did not exist , and to cover this train SR Introduced Koodal Express which was Numbered as 2637/2638(which is the current Pandian Express number).. i haven't travelled in Koodal Express but have seen this train

Aug 25 2015 (09:01)
Hyderabad Karnataka needs a dedicated train to SBC*^~   9687 blog posts   497 correct pred (74% accurate)
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Koodal express is also a good train. It had a special livery too. ( A cream band above the windows) It had two rakes. Two rakes will meet at DG

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Aug 26 2015 (06:46)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
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yes sir Vaigai was rested on Tuesday's of every week in the initial days , I got this information from a retired Station Master and Guard of Madurai who had worked in Vaigai during MG days

Aug 27 2015 (00:13)
Divert MDU duronto via Chord Line   197 blog posts   8 correct pred (53% accurate)
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A Big kudos to you and your efforts Sir. It's because of its diehard Fans like you, vaigai remains the unbeatable king.

Aug 27 2015 (08:00)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
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we don't have shatabthi to madurai but we have vaigai from 1977 , hope its more than a shatabthi!!
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Aug 15 2015 (08:41)   12635/Vaigai SF Express | MDU/Madurai Junction (6 PFs)

maheshsunda*^~   4337 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Happy Independence Day folks. Also, please join me in greeting the SRT of SR Vaigai SF a happy 39th birthday. Watch this space...

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Aug 22 2015 (07:41)
Arun Pandian   177 blog posts
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my postings with a huge detailed story is about to come up !! mahesh sir !! :)
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