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Blog Posts by Uttam
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Jan 24 2010 (06:52)   16351/Mumbai CST - Nagercoil Balaji Express (PT)

Uttam   5 blog posts
Entry# 19177            Tags   Past Edits
The schedule of this train is simply ridiculous!
It leaves Renigunta at 10 am, goes to Tirupati, reverses and RETURNS BACK TO Renigunta, REVERSES ONCE AGAIN and then proceeds to Arakkonam.
I wonder what opinions the passengers travelling from before Renigunta to points beyond Renigunta have because this entire detour means that the train enters Renigunta at 958 am and leaves Renigunta towards Nagercoil only at 1245! A whopping nearly 3 hours.
Jan 04 2010 (02:55)   12650/Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express (Via Kacheguda) (PT)

Uttam   5 blog posts
Entry# 17695            Tags   Past Edits
I was going through the departure timings history at NZM and am appalled at the falsification of the records.
As I have mentioned in the next blog entry, I was a passenger in this train.
The train itself pulled into the platform late at 645 am and we left only at about 711 or 712 am.
I have video evidence of the same!

Jan 04 2010 (03:10)
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Re# 17695-1            Tags   Past Edits
Hi Uttam,
Thanks for writing in this blog. The arrival/departure timings are the "official" timings and in most cases do reflect the actual timings. In some cases, timely updates are not made. As technology catches up, GPS devices are installed in trains, and so forth, the recorded timings will get accurate to the minute. For now, we are living with limitations in the current state of the technology.
As for falsification, it is definitely possible. But that would be a pessimistic/cynical way of looking at things. Let's just say, the timings are
inaccurate in some cases, for various reasons, including clerical errors/omissions.
Most importantly, your blog post as a passenger with first hand information will greatly benefit all future travellers in this train. Thanks very much for that. Please keep writing.
Jan 04 2010 (03:08)   11027/Mumbai CST - Chennai Central Mail (PT)

Uttam   5 blog posts
Entry# 17696            Tags   Past Edits
While admittedly, this train stops at a lot of station en route, there is one redeeming factor about this train.
You can complete your day's work in Bombay and board this train (choose an upper berth) late at night and immediately go to sleep.
When you wake up, you are in Kurduwadi which has great omlettes and veg breakfast. Your lunch is at Wadi and dinner is at Guntakal which has the best Chicken Biryani I have ever tasted in any NV Refreshment Room on Indian Railways.
to sleep, fully satisfied and wake up in Madras.
Complete your day's work and board the 1028 similarly and come back to Bombay.
NO HOTEL EXPENSES in Madras if you have a day's work. If you have longer, once again hotel expenses reduced by at least one night.
Travel in comfort if you like in 2A and you won't have to endue the beggars, dirty toilets etc which others seem to get irritated about.
I love this train!
Dec 08 2009 (13:16)   19023/Mumbai Firozpur Janta Express

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Where/is general coach /bogie.Which coach is to boarded from borivali for general ticket & how earlier ticket is to be purchased

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Jan 04 2010 (03:01)
Uttam   5 blog posts
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Are you truly interested in travelling by this train from Kerala to Firozpur?
Wow! You surely have patience!

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Jan 01 2010 (19:11)   12650/Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express (Via Kacheguda) (PT)

Uttam   5 blog posts
Entry# 17398            Tags   Past Edits
I travelled by this train on November 28 from NZM to KCG in 1A.
The train arrived in the platform at 645 even though the departure time was itself 645 am. We pulled out at 712 am.
In spite of being a non-stop train upto Jhansi, the train did make many unscheduled stops at large (AGC, MTJ, GWL) and small stations (Sholaka).
train did NOT gain time over its nearly 24 hour journey to KCG and was was 1 hour late arriving in KCG.
The train was not too full and there was at least one passenger who purchased a reservation inside the train in our 1A Cabin. There were not too many unauthorized passengers in it and we did not experience any Chain Pulling.
This was my first train journey in more than 10 years - I live outside India - I was looking forward to it, being a rail fan!
I must admit that this journey was nothing spectacular or memorable - frankly it was a little boring.
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