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Blog Posts by Mani Vijay
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Nov 02 2011 (21:09)   12262/Howrah - Mumbai CST AC Duronto Express

Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Entry# 272468            Tags   Past Edits
The triple line section from Howrah to Panskura is great for parallel action. Here is a long video that starts with parallel action on the Rupnarayan bridge and ends with our Duronto being right next to the Parcel Van train. It was nice to spend some private moments with WAG5A #23266 from Tughlakabad shed :-)
Oct 13 2011 (18:46)   12262/Howrah - Mumbai CST AC Duronto Express

Rahul   82 blog posts   107 correct pred (66% accurate)
Entry# 256672            Tags   Past Edits
I had the oppertunity to travel to Mumbai via 12262 HWH CSTM Duronto express. Early on the 3rd October morning, I reached Howrah station. The empty rake came to platform number 22 at 7.45AM well before the departure timing. As the passengers boarded the train, the security staff checked each of our tickets before boarding. The windows were cleaned and the rail staff sprayed the perfume and welcomed us on board. The train started at 8.25am, 5 minutes behind the scheduled departure time. The view was great from the side lower seats that I got after exchanging ity with an elderly man. Soon Satragachi crossed along with all other small stations. Suddenly after travelling 29 Kms, the train stopped abruptly at Phuleswar station for 2 minutes. Breakfast was served at 9.45Am which consited of 2 breads, 2omlettes, jam, butter, tetra pack juice and potato fry. The train was approaching Kharagpur at...
9.50AM. The train did not take the route for a platform but navigated by the side lines to Kharagpur outer. While having this breakfast, Inoticed Jhargram cross by at 10.30AM at 155 Kms. 3rd October was the Saptami day of the Durga puja, so I noticed a few Durga Puja pandals. The speed of the train is OK as I have travelled on this section many times earlier. 1 thing I noticed is that while a staion approaches, the train just reduces the speed drastically and fetr crossing, the speed is again normal. Soon Tatanagar approached at 11.28Am we were having our first tech halt. Platform no 3 was designated for this train. The halt was for 10 mins. After that Chakradharpur (310 km) crossed at 12.30Pm. Lunch was served at 13.10 when the train was nearing Rourkela. Ispat Express to Sambalpur was standing at platform no1, while 12262 took the route from platform no 3. Bamra (477km) crossed at 14.20 and the speed was well over 80km/hr. Soon after that 12262 crossed Jharsuguda (514 km) at 14.50 by platform no 1. A few Bhushan steel workiers were video recording the entire train sequence from the platform. Saw the line to Sambalpur banking towards the left guarded by a giant red signal. Then it was the turn of IB station at 15.00 followed by Brajrajnagar. Next was my hometown of Belpahar (537kms) which went across at 15.10 hrs. It was such a nice sight to see Belpahar being transformed into a modern station. Ther is also a video attached along with this blog post so that people all across the world could have a glimpse of Belpahar. South Bihar express was standing on platform no 1 and it gave way for 12262 to pass by Belpahar. The speed of the train was now close to 90 kmph as measured by mathematical calculations. Soon after Belpahar crossed, i decided to take a small nap till the train reaches Bilaspur. In th evening we were awaked by the souts of coffee./ tea as the train was approaching Bilaspur. Temp halt of 10mins was enuf to refresh myself at the well maintained washroom. The toilet boys made sure that the toilets are cleaned soon after 1 uses the same. After that we were served with soup and breadsticks as we crossed Durg at 7pm. Next was the turn of the dinner. Dinner was served at 8.45pm while we were crossing Rajnandgaon. By the time dinner was over. the 3rd tech halt for the day at Nagpur came in. It was close to 10pm, so I decided to call it a day.
In the morning I woke up at Igatpuri at 8Am, and soon after that Kalyan passed, followed by Thane and the train reached CST at 10.30Am at platform no 18. I hope I have provided enough Information for the rest of the passenger of Duronto express for a detailed journey. I hope my post helps all of you with some of the valuable information regarding 12262 Hwh CSTM Duronto express. Till then next time !!

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Oct 29 2011 (18:39)
Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Re# 256672-15            Tags   Past Edits
I was just checking out my video of the train crossing Belpahar station at 2.58 pm. I have also taken the massive coal loading area just before the station. Will upload that video soon.

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Oct 25 2011 (21:01)   12262/Howrah - Mumbai CST AC Duronto Express

Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Entry# 266317            Tags   Past Edits
Racing through Ghatsila (Aug. 10) - As soon as we passed Ghatsila, Venkat and I calculated the average speed from Howrah - 214 km. in 2 hrs. 38 mts. = 81.27 kmph. Impressive, huh?

Oct 28 2011 (11:25)
Sealdah Jammu HumSafar should get JRC Stoppage*^~   8928 blog posts   1 correct pred (33% accurate)
Re# 266317-1            Tags   Past Edits
Mani Sir's Comments on his video :-
"I just loved the approach to Tatanagar - on a curve with appreciable height difference between the Up and Dn lines. After passing some elegant-looking WAM4s and WAG7s, we pulled into the station. So, after an impressive 81.08 kmph run (250 km in 3 hrs. 5 mts.), we made our first technical halt of the journey. The train had simply bludgeoned through the Kharagpur-Tata section in 1 hr. 26 mts. (average speed of 93.49 kmph)!"
: I have rated this vdo as a Classic on youtube , just WoW :)
Oct 25 2011 (20:59)   12262/Howrah - Mumbai CST AC Duronto Express

Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Entry# 266316            Tags   Past Edits
Crossing ADI-HWH Exp. at Terrific Speed (Aug. 10) - After passing Dalbhumgarh, we crossed the 24-coach Ahmedabad-Howrah Exp. at good speed.
Oct 25 2011 (20:58)   12262/Howrah - Mumbai CST AC Duronto Express

Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Entry# 266315            Tags   Past Edits
Tearing through Jhargram (Aug. 10) - Jhargram was nonchalantly skipped at 10.27 am. A coal-laden BOXN rake was standing on the Dn loop line with twin WAG7s in charge - only one of them was live.
Oct 25 2011 (20:57)   12262/Howrah - Mumbai CST AC Duronto Express

Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Entry# 266312            Tags   Past Edits
High-speed Run after Kharagpur (Aug. 10) - I stood at the door to enjoy the passing scenery and accompanying sounds!
Sep 10 2011 (06:42)   12262/Howrah - Mumbai CST AC Duronto Express

Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Entry# 235346            Tags   Past Edits
My first video from a very memorable trip aboard the 12262 Duronto on Aug. 10, 2011

Sep 10 2011 (06:46)
Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Re# 235346-1            Tags   Past Edits
My journey on the Howrah-Mumbai Duronto started off in style! The Poorva Exp. gave us company for nearly 6 minutes before disappearing towards Liluah. Even an EMU participated in the event.

Sep 10 2011 (08:32)
PKV*^~   19093 blog posts   72 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 235346-2            Tags   Past Edits
@Mani Vijay: Re# 235346-0
That was superb. Enjoyed the conversations as much as the video. BTW whom were you talking to ? Also liked your style of expression as evident in your next blog entry. THANKS a lot for that audio-visual pleasure.

Sep 11 2011 (17:23)
Sealdah Jammu HumSafar should get JRC Stoppage*^~   8928 blog posts   1 correct pred (33% accurate)
Re# 235346-3            Tags   Past Edits
@pkvenkatramani**: Re# 235346-2
youtube video by Mani Vijay Sir and this is what he has to say :-
"As the train sped through Santragachi, I spotted some Duronto coaches and a bunch of Wappies and Wammies. Fortunately, it stopped raining near Bagnan and stayed that way until the next morning. Somewhere in the middle of the video, you would get to enjoy the crossing of a river in spate and a MEMU, as well as hideous laughter sounds :-)"

PS : I have been watching Mani Sir's vdos since my school days dating back to IRFCA.org , where he is a veteran member (Just like PK Sir is on indiarailinfo.com) . Mani Sir also has a dedicated section of pages by his name , consisting of vdo links for free download (But for our Personal and not Commercial Use) :))

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Sep 22 2011 (11:29)
Sealdah Jammu HumSafar should get JRC Stoppage*^~   8928 blog posts   1 correct pred (33% accurate)
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Fantastic Video of this Parallel Action Mani Sir . WoW . From this vdo , I could see that the tracks of ER and SER diverge to their respective directions after Howrah Loco Shed . Too Good . Yeh Dil maange more :)) Thanks .

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Aug 17 2011 (23:04)   12262/Howrah - Mumbai CST AC Duronto Express

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Entry# 222185            Tags   Past Edits
i have travelled in this train in august last yr.off late i had a chance to board 12260 sealdah duronto.i'm just trying to make a comparison.those whho are frequent travellers in 12262/12261 can help-
1.food quality is surely better in sealdah duronto.pantry men in 12262 has a lot of catch up work to do.i agree with what a blogger mentioned few days back-mode of serving tea in 12262 in just too bad.they can take a lession out of 12260's book, where they serve hot water in thermosflasks & a tray is provided.for that pantry of 12262 will have to get those small trays & flasks.
door passage & wash area is carpeted in 12260.this keeps the coaches clean & dry.has they been in place by now in 12262?anyone who has boarded it off late can help.
3.speed-of course u can't blame 12262 for slower speed.its a matter of tracks.
4.cleanliness-both are equal, 12260 may have a slight edge.
5.punctuality wise 12262/12261 is ahead.but 12260 runs on a more congested route with less slack time.
as i plan to go to mumbai by 12262 next month, can anyone who has travelled in mumbai duronto help regarding these facts?

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Sep 10 2011 (07:24)
Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Re# 222185-4            Tags   Past Edits
Howrah-Nagpur and Wardha-Igatpuri have an MPS of 110 kmph. Nagpur-Wardha has an MPS of 120 kmph. This information is from the Working Timetables of various divisions. However, the train's overall running time can be reduced since it has been known to arrive before time and also gets high sectional clearance.

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Sep 10 2011 (06:59)   12262/Howrah - Mumbai CST AC Duronto Express

Mani Vijay   10 blog posts
Entry# 235351            Tags   Past Edits
Ever since the Duronto was introduced between Mumbai and Howrah, it had been my earnest desire to travel on this train to determine, for myself, whether Didi's pet trains could recapture the aura of the two Rajdhanis in the 80s. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and was quite impressed with the prompt service, cleanliness, courteous behavior of the staff, and the consistent runs throughout. The only unscheduled halt of the train within a station was Manmad. It skipped stations such as Kharagpur, Chakradharpur, Raurkela, Jharsuguda, Raigarh, Raipur (bypassed using the Urkura-Sanora bypass), Durg, Gondia, Badnera, Akola, Nasik Road, Kalyan. All these have been captured on video! If not for an extended halt at Nagpur outer and at Bhusaval, it would have reached Mumbai before time. What impressed me was that the train maintainined a consistent 80 kmph. average speed (as measured from the...
originating point - Howrah) almost till Bilaspur. Besides catering to end-to-end passengers, the non-stop nature of the train has one more advantage - minimal chance of theft, since movement of passengers at the technical halts is watched carefully. If you consider all Durontos, this particular train has set a new landmark since it is a cool 3 hours faster than the fastest ever achieved between HWH and CSTM before (by the Gitanjali in the 70s and early 80s). My hats off to this train and hoping that its impressive runs are maintained in years to come.
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