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Journey: Thu May 01, 2014 @ 17:00
12792/Patna - Secunderabad SF Express        

Posted by: Sabyasachi**   8155 blog posts   123640 correct pred (67% accurate)  
PNR: 652-xxxxxxx    |   Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl >88   |   Charting: < 09:07   |   Similar PNRs
BSB/Varanasi Junction   to   SC/Secunderabad Junction   |   1617 km / 1845 km
Entry# 1066967           
Original Status as of: Apr 22 (12:42PM)
Passenger 1: RAC 54 (Booking Status: RAC 67,GNWL)
Passenger 2: RAC 55 (Booking Status: RAC 68,GNWL)
Passenger 3: RAC 56 (Booking Status: RAC 69,GNWL)
Passenger 4: RAC 57 (Booking Status: RAC 70,GNWL)
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Latest Status as of: Yesterday (11:14PM) 
Passenger 1: RAC 37 (Booking Status: RAC 67,GNWL)
Passenger 2: RAC 38 (Booking Status: RAC 68,GNWL)
Passenger 3: RAC 39 (Booking Status: RAC 69,GNWL)
Passenger 4: RAC 40 (Booking Status: RAC 70,GNWL)
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Apr 19 (2:58PM)   12263/Pune - Hazrat Nizamuddin AC Duronto Express | PUNE/Pune Junction (6)        
 

Soumitra Chawathe**   25943 blog posts   63301 correct pred (69% accurate)  
Entry# 1063480               Tags   Past Edits
Apr 19 2014 (3:53PM)
The next day, I woke up early thanks to my habit of doing so for all these ears years
Ratings:
Speed: 9/10
Cleanliness: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Punctuality: 8/10
Staff Service: 8/10
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, as much as I have travelling and compiling this!! :D

Apr 19 2014 (2:58PM)
Station Tag: Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM added by Soumitra Chawathe**/301079
TRIP REPORT
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I undertook a trip on 4th April 2014 from PUNE-NZM ( /diary/trip/45386 ) for which I am presenting a report.
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The day 4th April had finally dawned, the day for which I was excited and waiting for since many days, for two reasons. First, a travel by the rockstar 12263 and second, the travel was a part of my 12 day vacation trip to Amritsar & Kashmir. Accordingly, we arrived at Pune station at around 10.15 am, around 1 hr prior to scheduled departure and waited in the main concourse hall. I ventured out for a bit of RF and announcements / displays for the following were being made:
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51324 BRMT-PUNE Passenger on PF-4
18520 LTT-VSKP Express on PF-6
12158 SUR-PUNE Hutatma Express on PF-2
11014 CBE-LTT on PF-3
12263 PUNE-NZM Duronto from PF-1
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12150 PNBE-PUNE Express soon arrived with its customary PUNE Alco twins on PF-1, horribly late by nearly 5 hrs. Some 20 mins later, the rake of 12150 was being shunted away and then the rake of 12263 was shunted onto PF-1. Our coach was A3, 2nd from LOCO and right after EOG. After having settled in with luggage, I got down of the train to see the chariot, a 30249 GZB WAP-7 getting ready for the journey. Got inside the coach again and stood near the door. At exactly 11.10, the starter turned yellow and the chariot let out a snort, indicating it was time to roll. The train set out, on its journey back home. After having negotiated the crossovers and the PSR over Sangam Bridge, it attained a speed of around 60-70 kmph, skipping Shivajinagar and overtaking 99814 SVJR-LNL EMU. What a feeling it was for me, to see SVJR, my RF den skipping from the train, innumerable times I had seen the train skipping from the station and now I was in the train. After the T/P indicator, the loco let out a snort again and we hit MPS in no time. I was enjoying the action from my SLB, a railfan’s favourite. After Dehu Road, the attendants began their service. At around 11.44, after the train had skipped Vadgaon, tomato soup was served along with the usual Amul butter chiplet and a couple of breadsticks and the eternal Rail Neer. The taste was quite good.
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Within no time, we arrived and departed Lonavala, at around 12, but it was just touch-and-go on PF-2 with the train halting for a couple of minutes. The same happened at Khandala as well. I had began my doorplating and photography from LNL itself and the AC attendant requested me to move over to EOG for doorplating, as keeping door open of A3 could let the hot air in and hamper coach cooling (which was pretty good). I readily accepted the proposal and moved over to the EOG coach all to myself. The generator attendant was standing at the other door and after a while I struck conversation with him, asking him some of my doubts. The EOG has a capacity of 3000 litres of diesel and each EOG has 2 generators. Both the generators of front EOG and one generator rear EOG was currently on, he replied, which varies according to the load and also outside temperature. I was enjoying the sights and sounds of the Bor Ghats and the occasional views of Mumbai-Pune Expressway. It was only after the ghats at Palasdhari that I returned back to my seat, only to find out that lunch was being served.
I opted for a non-veg meal, which consisted of 2 rotis, chicken masala, rice, dal, salad, pickle and dahi. The quantity was filling and the quality was quite acceptable. The rotis were thin and soft and the chicken pieces were tender and juicy with tasty gravy. This was followed by a cup of Cream Bell Vanilla Ice-cream at the end of it all.
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The train was maintaining decent speed, with intermittent slowing downs and crawling, crossed Neral at around 13.05 and Kalyan at 13.45. IRI Servers had started to crawl as well, with me facing issues in accessing the pages and after umpteen tries, I finally gave up. IRI was facing an outage that day (I confirmed this with Tejas**). I cursed my stars, as to the day chosen by the site to go off :( The train continued its intermittent crawling now and then, to finally arrive at PF-6 of Vasai Road at 14.35. We had a brief parallel run into Vasai Road with 12933 Karnavati Express and she overtook us here. Another set of LPs and ALPs were already ready and waiting to take charge further upto Vadodara. A brief RF session included spotting of a GMO WAG-9, BL WAG-7 with BTPN, MGS WAG-7 with BCNA and a few EMUs. We departed at 14.55 and I guess there is a SR for about 2 kms so the train just crawled. I was very happy when I saw the T/P indicator (how well we RFs can read these signs) and the moment loco crossed the T/P sign, we received a forward jerk which meant that the license to cut loose had now been given on this high speed WR corridor. Within no time, we hit MPS, skipping Nala Sopara and Virar in no time. Spotted the huge WR - Virar EMU Carshed here on the left side after which the train slowed down to negotiate the Vaitarna Bridge on Vaitarna River and then hit MPS again. I returned back to seat now, enjoying the scenery of rivers and coconut trees, with fast train in motion.
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In the meantime, I SMSed our admins Stevenson** & Zahaib** about the plans of Delhi Admin Meet the next day and received confirmations from them. We bid bye to Maharashtra and entered Gujarat in grand style, skipping Umbergam Road at terrorizing speed in full fury. It was a treat to the eyes to see skipping the likes of Vapi, Valsad & Bilimora Jn relatively important stations with quite a crowd that just amazingly looked at our train rip their stations apart. Spotted the ELS at Valsad on the right side as we skipped the station. Evening snacks were served, consisting of an awful Kachori that was hard, a tomato ketchup sachet, Soan Papdi, Masala peanuts and Tea.
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After we had crossed Navsari, I received a call from our Surat admin Shivkumar Mishra** that he was standing at outer of Udhna Jn and is waiting to capture me and my train, so he requested me to stand on the right side to spot him. I went to the front EOG and stood on the right side post our train crossing Bhestan, with my eyes all over the horizon. I could see the Udhna overbridge looming in distance and after a while, could spot the popular “Mishra Ji” of IRI with a cam in his hand. We exchanged good byes at MPS and it surely was a thrilling admin meet!! The train slowing down having crossed Udhna could mean only one thing - Diamond City Surat was the next target, however, instead of ripping it apart, the train respectfully skipped the station with intermittent honkings at around 60 kmph beside PF-1 (There is SR of 60 here). It was again thrilling to see a train skip an important station and doorplating was fun, clicking pics and catching attention of people (and RPF) on the PF. The huge rush on PF-1 was for Suryanagari / Karnavati. After having skipped Surat and Tapi river, the train again hit MPS. I returned back to my seat after crossing Sayan and spotting the Sayan Sugar Factory (a very smelly place) for a bit of rest and enjoying Gujarat countryside.
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At around 18.00 hrs, I rushed to EOG again. We skipped Ankleshwar at fairly decent speed and then the train slowed down, what was the RF attraction of the trip. The Silver Jubilee Bridge over the mighty Narmada River at Bharuch. I enjoyed doorplating here, taking a video (which will be posted in due course) and at the same time, paying obeisance to Narmada Maiyya. The train slowed down further and we crossed Bharuch after which the train picked up speed again. At 18.40, we entered PF-3 at Vadodara Jn. I got down for a bit of breather and to stretch my legs. Bought a packed of the famous “Bharuch ni Seeng - Salted peanuts of Bharuch” on the PF. 79456 Chhota Udepur-Vadodara DEMU arrived on PF-2 right behind us. We received the starter at around 18.55 and pulled out of PF at 19.00. There was rush on PF-7 as Gujarat SK was slated to arrive soon. On the way while negotiating the points, spotted the 59162 Vadtal Swaminarayan - Bharuch Passenger, with BRC WAP-5 doing the honours. The rake of 12927/28 BCT-BRC-BCT Express was taking rest in the marshalling yard. The line to ADI went up straight ahead as we were put on the RTM line that branched out to the right.
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With sun going down, I decided to give my camera (and myself) some rest and called it a day as far as RF was concerned. The train continued its run and had a brief unscheduled halt at Godhra and departed soon. It was dinner time. Sweet corn Veg Soup arrived first, with butter and breadsticks. I again opted for non veg meal. Dinner arrived but the quality of food loaded in BRC was poor than that of PUNE, with rotis rigid and chewy, chicken having awful taste and dal watery. The only consolation came in form of Cream Bell Strawberry ice-cream. At around 22.15, Ratlam arrived and we departed in mere 5 minutes, after which I decided to hit the bed.
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The next day, I woke up early thanks to my habit of doing so for all these years. The train had made up for the delay enroute and we were at outer of Mathura at around 04.50 am, being regulated for being before time. It was only at around 05.05 that we crossed Mathura very slowly and perhaps a touch-and-go halt as well. Post MTJ, P7 unleashed itself and started rocking again with BTSR and VRBD having skipped in no time. We were served morning tea and biscuits; I opted for coffee. Being my first visit to Delhi, it was awesome to see the famous stations (made famous by Delhi railfans to capture BPL Shatabdi) of Hodal, Rundhi, Palwal & Asaoti at flat MPS!! We were having a fairly decent run with minimal slow-downs. My eyes were on the horizon as we neared the outskirts of Delhi, for a glimpse of the celebrity - The BPL Shatabdi. I had one when it crossed us at Ballabgarh, with 30005 GZB WAP-5 in the lead. The train slowed down considerably again post Faridabad and then crawled all the up to the heaven and den of Delhi RFs, Okhla. Here, we were made to wait for more than 20 mins and finally we made it to PF-6 of NZM at around 07.25, thus concluding a very fulfilling and an exciting trip.
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Ratings:
Speed: 9/10
Cleanliness: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Punctuality: 8/10
Staff Service: 8/10
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I really like writing longish write-ups so Thanks everyone for the patient reading.. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this, as much as I have travelling and compiling this!! :D

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Apr 20 (11:51AM)        

Sabyasachi**   8155 blog posts   123640 correct pred (67% accurate)  
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Nice to see something akin to your style after a pretty long gap.

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General Travel
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Apr 18 (1:39PM)   19061/Bandra Terminus - Ramnagar Weekly Express        

Sabyasachi**   8155 blog posts   123640 correct pred (67% accurate)  
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How is ALL the TRAINS managed at RAMNAGAR with ONLY One Platforms?
How many Pit lanes or Open vacant Lines to keep 2-3 trains?

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Apr 18 (9:58PM)        

Vinay Kumar   12788 blog posts   361 correct pred (78% accurate)  
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Ramnagar dont have many trains, and few daily ones!!!
With this train based @ BDTS, it dont need any maintenance @ RMR but just water refill & basic cleaning!!
I hope 2 pit lines must exist as morning departure is on high level 2hich lead to guess primary maintenance required for few pass/ice!!
Predictions: 49
confirm: 48
rac: 1
wl: 0
Journey: Sat Apr 19, 2014 @ 07:40
12488/Seemanchal Express
Entry# 1052925

PNR: 215-xxxxxxx    |   AC 2-tier - 2A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl >10   |   Charting: < 05:30   |   Similar PNRs
ANVT/Delhi Anand Vihar Terminal   to   PRNA/Purnia Junction   |   1303 km / 1383 km
Original Status as of: Apr 10 (8:58PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 3 (Booking Status: W/L 6,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 4 (Booking Status: W/L 7,GNWL)
Chart NOT Prepared

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Latest Status as of: Apr 19 (6:58PM)
Passenger 1: AB,17/Coach Position:14 (Booking Status: W/L 6,GNWL)
Passenger 2: AB,18/Coach Position:14 (Booking Status: W/L 7,GNWL)
Chart PREPARED

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Apr 18 (8:52PM)        

Sabyasachi**   8155 blog posts   123640 correct pred (67% accurate)  
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Though there is NO RAC in the ticketing system, but i feel there will be RAC Allocation in GN Quota.

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Apr 18 (9:19PM)        

Ankit**   2388 blog posts   55893 correct pred (76% accurate)  
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Apr 18 2014 (9:19PM)
Nope, this train has no RAC in 2A in any quota
Nope, this train has no RAC in 2A in any quota...

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Predictions: 12
confirm: 1
rac: 5
wl: 6
Journey: Fri Apr 18, 2014 @ 22:30
16349/Trivandrum Nilambur Road Rajya Rani Express
Entry# 1062245
   Posted by: broad gauge**   20833 blog posts   8500 correct pred (86% accurate)
PNR: 416-xxxxxxx    |   Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl >52   |   Charting: < 15:24   |   Similar PNRs
TVC/Trivandrum Central   to   ERN/Ernakulam Town (North)   |   220 km / 391 km
Original Status as of: Apr 18 (12:50PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 15 (Booking Status: W/L 44,GNWL)
Chart NOT Prepared

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Latest Status as of: Apr 18 (6:59PM)
Passenger 1: SN1,63 (Booking Status: W/L 44,GNWL)
Chart PREPARED

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Apr 18 (6:20PM)        

Sabyasachi**   8155 blog posts   123640 correct pred (67% accurate)  
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Seems you have still managed to go on vacation BG .

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Apr 18 (6:48PM)        

broad gauge**   20833 blog posts   8500 correct pred (86% accurate)  
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yupp by changing bus 4 times enroute !!

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Predictions: 23
confirm: 20
rac: 2
wl: 1
Journey: Fri Apr 18, 2014 @ 08:40
12808/Samata Express
Entry# 1059344
 
   Posted by: rfZ**   7296 blog posts   1581 correct pred (78% accurate)
PNR: 225-xxxxxxx    |   Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl >650   |   Charting: < 06:04   |   Similar PNRs
NZM/Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin   to   AGC/Agra Cantt.   |   188 km / 1916 km
Original Status as of: Apr 16 (3:33AM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 103 (Booking Status: W/L 190,GNWL)
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I plan to log this trip thru my SmartPhone. All members are invited to follow me and enjoy this trip with me. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Apr 18 (11:29AM)
Passenger 1: S6,26/Coach Position:10 (Booking Status: W/L 190,GNWL)
Chart PREPARED

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Apr 17 (11:04PM)        

Sabyasachi**   8155 blog posts   123640 correct pred (67% accurate)  
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And a Middle berth for 200 Kms.
Happy Journey.

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Apr 17 (11:07PM)        

rfZ**   7296 blog posts   1581 correct pred (78% accurate)  
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This is the worst situation this PNR could end up in! Ah! :/

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Predictions: 17
confirm: 12
rac: 5
wl: 0
Journey: Fri Apr 18, 2014 @ 20:35
12351/Howrah- Danapur Express
Entry# 1055705

PNR: 652-xxxxxxx    |   AC 3-tier - 3A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl >123   |   Charting: < 12:39   |   Similar PNRs
HWH/Kolkata Howrah Junction   to   PNBE/Patna Junction   |   532 km / 541 km
Original Status as of: Apr 13 (6:34AM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 19 (Booking Status: W/L 42,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 20 (Booking Status: W/L 43,GNWL)
Chart NOT Prepared

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Latest Status as of: Apr 18 (5:40PM)
Passenger 1: B1,47/Coach Position:4 (Booking Status: W/L 42,GNWL)
Passenger 2: B1,48/Coach Position:4 (Booking Status: W/L 43,GNWL)
Chart PREPARED

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Apr 17 (10:26PM)        

Sabyasachi**   8155 blog posts   123640 correct pred (67% accurate)  
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Latest Status as of: Today (10:26PM) Refresh Status
Passenger 1: RAC 24 (Booking Status: W/L 42,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 1 (Booking Status: W/L 43,GNWL)
#RACAllocation
24 seats in GN Quota
Predictions: 17
confirm: 1
rac: 0
wl: 16
Journey: Thu Apr 17, 2014 @ 20:55
12149/Pune-Patna SF Express
Entry# 1059705
   Posted by: luckybeohar   0 blog posts
PNR: 832-xxxxxxx    |   Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 290   |   Charting: < 13:46   |   Similar PNRs
PUNE/Pune Junction   to   JBP/Jabalpur Junction   |   1050 km / 1780 km
Original Status as of: Apr 16 (11:58AM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 37 (Booking Status: W/L 64,CK)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 38 (Booking Status: W/L 65,CK)
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I plan to log this trip thru my SmartPhone. All members are invited to follow me and enjoy this trip with me. Thanks.
I plan to log this trip thru my SmartPhone. All members are invited to follow me and enjoy this trip with me. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Apr 17 (7:16PM)
Passenger 1: S4,21/Coach Position:10 (Booking Status: W/L 64,CK)
Passenger 2: S4,22/Coach Position:10 (Booking Status: W/L 65,CK)
Chart PREPARED

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Apr 17 (5:53PM)        

Sabyasachi**   8155 blog posts   123640 correct pred (67% accurate)  
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Now this is amazing.
#surprise
Predictions: 29
confirm: 29
rac: 0
wl: 0
Journey: Tue Apr 15, 2014 @ 20:55
12672/Nilagiri (Blue Mountain) Express
Entry# 1057389
   Posted by: ഭാഗ്യദേവത**   10214 blog posts   405 correct pred (65% accurate)
PNR: 436-xxxxxxx    |   AC 1st Class - 1A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl >6   |   Charting: < 14:22   |   Similar PNRs
CBE/Coimbatore Main Junction   to   MAS/Chennai Central   |   496 km / 532 km
Original Status as of: Apr 14 (3:16PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 2 (Booking Status: W/L 13,GNWL)
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Latest Status as of: Apr 15 (6:04PM)
Passenger 1: H1,G (Booking Status: W/L 13,GNWL)
Chart PREPARED

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Apr 15 (5:30PM)        

Sabyasachi**   8155 blog posts   123640 correct pred (67% accurate)  
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MTP Quota.
BP Change ticket.

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Apr 15 (6:53PM)        

ഭാഗ്യദേവത**   10214 blog posts   405 correct pred (65% accurate)  
Re# 1057389-2               Tags   Past Edits
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Yes
Rail Fanning
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Apr 15 (5:06PM)   74629/Banihal - Baramulla DMU | BAHL/Banihal (3)        
 

Soumitra Chawathe**   25943 blog posts   63301 correct pred (69% accurate)  
Entry# 1058861               Tags   Past Edits
Apr 15 2014 (6:19PM)
Station Tag: Srinagar Kashmir/SINA added by Soumitra Chawathe**/301079
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*** TRAIN TO PARADISE – JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME ***
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The day was 26th June 2013 when Indian Railways carved (or literally dug for itself) a new crown, called the 11 km long PIR PANJAL RAILWAY TUNNEL and linked Qazigund in Kashmir Valley (The Gateway of Kashmir Valley in Anantnag District) with Banihal in Ramban District of Jammu region. Of course, there was the 3 km long JAWAHAR TUNNEL on NH-1A leading from JAMMU to SRINAGAR, but this one was special. This was one masterpiece all RFs wanted to lay their hands on and get a first-hand experience of “Jannat ka Safar”.
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Come 8th April 2014, after two days of continuous
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rainfall, the Sun God shone brightly upon the entire Kashmir Valley. The lifeline of Kashmir, NH-1A was thrown open to traffic that day. There was a significant traffic on the highway, vehicles stranded in Jammu moving towards Srinagar and vice-versa. We had already began our journey from Jammu to Srinagar early morning, the hills glistened in the early morning sun and Tawi River flowing amidst towering peaks. There was cheer in the air, as our Tempo Traveller made its way towards the VALLEY, with popular Punjabi numbers mainly sung by YOYO HONEY SINGH.
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After Lunch halt at Batote, a small town in Doda District in the Chenab Valley of Jammu region, our tour leader gave the most pleasant surprise that would make any railfan dance with joy. Instead of going by road, he announced that we would be taking the train from Banihal to Srinagar!! His words were like a soothing music to my ears!! I was all agog with excitement in anticipation of what was to follow some moments later.
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At around 16.15, we reached Banihal Station which to me was one of the most beautiful rail terminals in the world!! Situated in the lap of the snow capped Pir-Panjal ranges, the green capped brick coloured edifice presents a splendor of its own. The last train to Baramulla is the 74629 Banihal-Baramulla DMU which departs at 17.00 hrs.
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As we entered the station, we saw a SEA OF HUMANITY. Locals and tourists had literally filled up the entire station and an equal number had made a beeline for tickets. Two factors for the huge rush were the highway being opened after 2 days of rainfall (as I explained earlier) and this being the last train to the Valley. There was tight security all around and every passenger was being frisked before he/she entered the platform. My dreams of a window seat and clicking some HQ pics and vids were shattered and had to keep camera inside to protect it from getting damaged :(
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With all eyes on the horizon, at exactly 16.55, the DMU snaked in to Banihal and the quiet atmosphere suddenly turned electric, with people jostling to get in. We all somehow got into the second last coach and heaved a sigh of relief, for being in ONE PIECE. The GRP made sure everyone got inside the coach. At 17.15, the LAST TRAIN TO THE VALLEY started its journey. I was standing in the aisle owing to rush, but the marvel of Kashmir Railways made me forget the tiredness of travelling the entire day. Moments later, 11 km long PIR PANJAL RAILWAY TUNNEL, an engineering marvel arrived and most of the tourists couldn’t hold themselves back from praising the engineers and labourers who toiled hard to make this a reality.
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The tunnel has a three-meter wide road has been provided inside the tunnel for maintenance and emergency rescue and relief operations. It has also been equipped with the state-of-the-art air quality monitoring system, ventilation system, communication system, firefighting system and emergency rescue system. At around 17.40, we came out of the tunnel to see the first sights of THE PARADISE. Mustard fields, vast greenery, snowcapped mountains, Chinar and safeda trees all around presented a glorious portrait painted by Nature. At a few places, I even saw Kashmiri boys enjoying a game of cricket and didn’t forget to envy their playground that would put even the best of the stadiums to shame. The sights and sounds was something that cannot be explained in words but has to be experienced by oneself.
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Inside the coach, we were mesmerized by a completely different Kashmiri culture and local folk which have their own distinct identity. Kashmiri men and women attired in traditional “pheran”, a long wool coat, smiling faces and friendliness made us feel comfortable. I struck conversation with a couple of guys, a man who was a govt contractor in Srinagar and another young land who had his saffron field in Pampore.
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After Anantnag, a significant number of people got down and I got a place to sit. Our DMU was chugging along the greenery and mustard fields nicely countering small streams and brooks in between. At around 18.55, we arrived and got down at a chilly and “naturally Air-conditioned” Srinagar, the outside temperature being 7 degrees!! The starter turned yellow and the DMU chugged along to its next destination Budgam while we waved goodbye coming out of the station, thanking the Almighty for some of the sweetest memories of one of the best rail journeys of my life…
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Something about Kashmir Railways:
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> Every passenger is frisked thoroughly before he / she enters the platform. There is tight security everywhere.
> There are security personnel standing alongside the tracks as well and at some important vantage points
> The GRP / RPF make sure that everyone gets on the train. They render all possible assistance.
> The moment a train arrives at a station, the policemen whistle and ask the de-boarded passengers to hurry up and leave the station. Loitering around in station premises is strictly prohibited.
> Passengers with a valid journey ticket are allowed on the platform only at the time of train arrival and departure. Other than these times, no person is allowed to enter the platform. So railfans, if you are planning to just “see” the trains (forget railfanning even with a mobile) with a valid PF ticket, choose some other place except the station. You will not be entertained and will be shooed away!!
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Pic Index:
Pics 1-4: Banihal: Station overview, waiting for the DMU to arrive
Pics 5-8: Nature along the way
Pic 9: Anantnag
Pic 10: Crossing 74634 Budgam-Banihal DMU at Kakapor
Pic 11: Our DMU after having arrived at Srinagar (sorry for the shake, as a GRP personnel as approaching towards us and I had to take a quick pic. The man shouted at another guy taking pics - "Bandh karo isko, yeh allowed nahi hai" :( )

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While going through your photos, for a moment i felt i was traversing thru urban areas of Switzerland.
Thanks for the insight of our own HEAVEN On EARTH.

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