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Blog Posts by Mani Vijay
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★  General Travel
May 02 2017 (21:39)   22920/Ahmedabad - Chennai Central HumSafar Express

Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Entry# 2260109            Tags   Past Edits
FINALLY, we have an all-AC train between Mumbai and Chennai with limited halts except that it goes via Vasai Road/Panvel. I am pretty sure Wadi is a technical halt. Still slower than the Chennai super by 15/45 mts. between Pune and Chennai. If this becomes popular, then I am wondering if it would be good to introduce a Humsafar between Mumbai and Chennai utilizing this slot.

4 posts - Wed May 03, 2017

May 03 2017 (19:39)
Next Target 300 LHB trains^~   81658 blog posts   5226 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 2260109-6            Tags   Past Edits
If western railway can run it at 130kmph then 1 hour speedup easily possible between adi - pune.

May 03 2017 (23:03)
CG Sampark Kranti deserves LHB~   668 blog posts   36 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 2260109-7            Tags   Past Edits
Have heard about that
There are some specials with ambitious Time tables but rarely run on time
For instance SRC PUNE and SDAH LTT have pretty cool averages ranging at 65-67 km/h but they are rarely punctual

May 04 2017 (09:35)
swamiye saranam ayyappa^~   1286 blog posts   1 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2260109-8            Tags   Past Edits
many years back they introduced gb from dadar to mas and that went on super hit due to less halts it used to depart at mas at 15.15 as 0655 train ,that became a super hit.After that they stopped it and introduced a 0655 mas pune gb spl with more stop that went flop

May 04 2017 (09:43)
MumbaiRajdhani150kmph   454 blog posts   18 correct pred (59% accurate)
Re# 2260109-9            Tags   Past Edits
for mumbai passengers travelling to vasai itself is a tasking job and travel time added to around 1-2 hours..and lets accept it no train is able to give mumbai-chennai end to end less than 22 hrs journey which looks impossible in near future..unless CR and SWR wakes up and expedites the doubling process between solapur and gulbarga..GTL- RU section was electrified quite some time back, was there much change in TT of Mumbai-Chennai trains including 12163? Hopes are bleak

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May 04 2017 (09:51)
Venkat వెంకట్   3126 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
Re# 2260109-12            Tags   Past Edits
But speed and days of running might be better.

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General Travel
May 03 2017 (00:47)   12637/Pandian SF Express (PT)

Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Entry# 2260286            Tags   Past Edits
Rare video of YAM1-hauled Pandyan Exp. in the only Electrified MG section in IR (July 1992) : The only known coverage of a YAM1-hauled train taken from the train itself! Naturally, this is one of my most prized MG footages. Most of this was shot in the double-electrified Chengalpattu-Tambaram section. Be sure to enjoy the following:
- Departure from Chengalpattu 1:21
- YDM2 loco 2:32 2:56
Crossing an MG EMU 3:58
- YAM1 honking 4:50 5:18 6:29
- Sunrise at Kolavai lake 5:57 6:14
- Zooming into the YAM1 loco 6:37
- Overtaking an EMU 8:30
- Green rake of Cholan Exp. 9:20
- YAM1 locos at Egmore 10:04
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May 03 2017 (00:45)   15693X/Barak Valley Express ( MG )

Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Entry# 2260283            Tags   Past Edits
The Barak Valley Exp. greets us at Maibang - Agartala-Lumding Exp. (Feb. 28, 2013) : We were waiting at Maibang for nearly half an hour for the Barak Valley to show up. The popularity of the train was evident from the crowd that had gathered at PF1. It was definitely exciting to see the loco emerge from the distance - YDM4A was in charge of the 11 coach rake. We were the first to leave the station on our journey towards Lumding. I bade goodbye to the train with a heavy heart, realizing that I would never see it again.
General Travel
May 03 2017 (00:44)   12631/Nellai Superfast Express (PT)

Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Entry# 2260282            Tags   Past Edits
Tirunelveli to Madras by Nellai Exp. - Part 1 (Dec. 1999) : My last journey of 1999! Since my 2AC coach was 2nd from the loco, I was treated to heavenly ALCO sounds right till Madras Egmore. This video covers the journey till Madurai. Quick navigation links:
- Hawkers at Vanchi Maniyachchi 3:16
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Nov 11 2016 (11:15)   12293/Mumbai LTT - Allahabad AC Duronto Express | JBP/Jabalpur Junction (6 PFs)

Guest: 7fc6fec5   show all posts
Entry# 2056016            Tags   Past Edits
Allahabad Duronto skipping the most important station enroute and the HQ of WCR Jabalpur, after skipping Madanmahal @ mps. BTW it had an unscheduled halt @ jabalpur for about 30 seconds
Amravati Express can be seen standing on PF 3 in pic 3
DOJ- 22-10-16

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Dec 07 2016 (23:24)
Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Re# 2056016-39            Tags   Past Edits
Any idea as to whether it usually skips the station completely? Planning an India trip next summer and want to travel on this train mainly to experience the JBP skip, and the fact that is one of my favorite Durontos.

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Mar 07 2017 (17:26)
Guest: 3b23030b   show all posts
Re# 2056016-45            Tags   Past Edits
Yes it skips Jabalpur completely from line between the platform it's unusual for a big station like Jabalpur and people look very keenly. It's an amazing experience please do go

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Dec 28 2016 (09:28)   12842/Coromandel Express (PT)

Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Entry# 2107803            Tags   Past Edits
MAS to HWH by Coromandel Exp. - Part 1 (Jan 2000) : My first Y2K journey! On that day, our train was a 22-coach affair with a mixture of maroon and blue coaches. The first part (of many more) covers the departure from Chennai Central and passage through Basin Bridge. Be sure to check out the blue-with-white-stripes livery of the Nilgiri Exp. WAM4s are in plenty but not a single Wappie in sight!
The trip report is here - click here

Feb 01 2017 (11:02)
Anga Needs HWH WAP7~   982 blog posts   81 correct pred (58% accurate)
Re# 2107803-1            Tags   Past Edits
I think at that time Coromandel's Link from VISAKHAPATNAM to Howrah was KGP WDM3A.

Feb 18 2017 (01:16)
Foamer~   1834 blog posts
Re# 2107803-2            Tags   Past Edits
Great video sir!!! Always loved watching your old videos of IR. Thanks.

Feb 18 2017 (01:41)
CG Sampark Kranti deserves LHB~   668 blog posts   36 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 2107803-3            Tags   Past Edits
Seeing this makes me remind something Mani sir. I was in class Nursery(Age 5) in 2004 and was travelling on the fateful day of 26th December. I still remember that my Dhanbad Alleppey Express had a mix of blue and maroon coaches (Our coach A1 was maroon livery). That is my 1st and last live memory of riding in a maroon livery coach !!
Anyway awesome video sir
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Dec 30 2016 (06:36)   12164/Chennai Egmore - Dadar Central Superfast Express (PT)

Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Entry# 2109960            Tags   Past Edits
Madras to Dadar by Chennai Exp. - Part 1 (Aug 1995) : My last IR trip in 1995! This video covers the trip till Guntakal and has footage mostly from Renigunta onwards. Quick navigation links:
- Meeting Sapthagiri Exp. at Renigunta 1:01
- Skipping Nandalur 3:43
- Arriving at Cuddapah 4:40
Halting at Yerraguntla 11:19
- Skipping Tadipatri 12:00
- Crossing our pairing train 13:33
- Arriving at Gooty 14:32
- Arriving at Guntakal 17:37

2 posts - Fri Dec 30, 2016

Dec 30 2016 (18:14)
▶కాటమరాయుడు collects more than 45cr on 1st day◀*^~   15703 blog posts   4386 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 2109960-3            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks for sharing the video :)

Dec 31 2016 (01:41)
IR QUIZ MASTER   1389 blog posts   861 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2109960-4            Tags   Past Edits
I was 10 when you made this video and now I'm 31 time really flies by the time we realize...

Dec 31 2016 (01:42)
Abhishek Kumar~   10522 blog posts   9602 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 2109960-5            Tags   Past Edits
Saar Mani Vijay ___/\___

Dec 31 2016 (10:16)
जय हिन्द   2126 blog posts   4 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 2109960-6            Tags   Past Edits
This video reminded me my childhood. Life was so simple then.

Jan 01 2017 (17:46)
SRG*^~   35545 blog posts   168886 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 2109960-7            Tags   Past Edits
Then used run from Chennai Central...
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Dec 28 2016 (09:54)   12953/August Kranti Rajdhani Express (PT)

Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Entry# 2107832            Tags   Past Edits
BCT to NZM by August Kranti Rajdhani - Part 1 (Aug. 1995) : At that time, the train had just five commercial halts - Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Kota (technical), Sawai Madhopur, Mathura. On that particular day, the rake strength was below normal (13 coaches), hence, a single WDM2 was employed between Bombay and Vadodara. This video covers the journey till Vadodara. For a more detailed coverage through the Bombay suburbs, please see the following video: click here

Dec 31 2016 (13:53)
Warrier is BACK*^~   6075 blog posts   113 correct pred (51% accurate)
Re# 2107832-1            Tags   Past Edits
Mumbai hasnt changed much in 21 years.......all the places more or less look the same.....especially the BCT station, Bandra Stn as well the gradient near Khar.
General Travel
Sep 30 2016 (21:05)   12166/Varanasi - Mumbai LTT (Ratnagiri) SF Express

Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Entry# 2007375            Tags   Past Edits
Has the experimental halt at Katni been removed? I don't see in the TAAG 2016-17. I hope that is the case because the train has one heck of a run between Bhusaval and Allahabad and it would be good to continue it.

Oct 26 2016 (18:14)
12165 Ratnagiri Superfast Express~   2145 blog posts   13 correct pred (56% accurate)
Re# 2007375-1            Tags   Past Edits
★  General Travel
Sep 30 2016 (21:23)   BSB/Varanasi Junction (9 PFs)

Mani Vijay   600 blog posts
Entry# 2007390            Tags   Past Edits
WDM4 Locos at Varanasi and Allahabad (July 1992) : The first part of the video shows the layout of Varanasi and how MG and BG coexisted. A steam loco horn can be heard at 1:03 . The WDM4 show starts at 1:50 . Four different locos are present. Note the high-pitched turbine like whine associated with 2-stroke EMD engines. After all, this is the first EMD loco in IR and used to proudly haul the Howrah Rajdhani at 130 kmph.

Sep 30 2016 (23:15)
kshitij~   1818 blog posts   2996 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 2007390-1            Tags   Past Edits
Nice collection
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