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Yesterday (20:25)   12008/Mysuru - Chennai Central Shatabdi Express | BNC/Bengaluru Cantt. (Bangalore) (4 PFs)

BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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WAP7 hauled 12008 proceeds to skip BNC crossing my WAP7 hauled 56510
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Feb 21 2017 (13:02)   Going to Mars was way, way cheaper

Hareesh Mangalam*^~   1172 news posts
Entry# 2173132   News Entry# 294443         Tags   Past Edits
Bengaluru-Hassan rail line took 21 years to be completed and cost almost Rs 1,300 crore, three times the cost of launching ISRO's Mars mission
One must congratulate all the Railways ministers of India and the governments of Karnataka between 1996 and 2017 for the completion of the Hassan-Bengaluru broad gauge line via Shravanabelagola.
However, it took almost 21 years to complete and cost of the project was four times the initial sanctioned amount due to delay in implementation. The safety inspection was conducted recently, and commercial operations may begin soon.
website of the South Western Railways pegs the total cost of 167-km line at Rs 1,289.92 of crore, three times the cost of India's Mars Orbiter Mission (Rs 450 crore).
The railway line was the dream project of former prime minister HD Devegowda, who represents the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency.
The line was sanctioned during his stint as prime minister in 1996-97 with an initial estimated cost of Rs 295 crore, as per the original sanctioned pink book cost.
However, the final cost went up as much as four times of that estimation.
According to the pink book, 8 km of tracks was to be constructed per year with each kilometer costing Rs7.72 crore.
Of the total 167 km of the total project length, the 44 km track between Hassan and Shravanabelagola was commissioned in 2006 during Mahamastakabhishekha of Bahubali, and work between Nelamangala and Chikkabanavara (off Bengaluru) of 14 km was completed in 2013 (a total of 58 km for both work) and took 17 years.
On calculation, it comes out that a shocking 0.30 km of work per year was done in these two stretches.
Railways sources told BM that the commissioner for railway safety has conducted a statutory inspection of the section from Nelamangala to Shravanabelagola between February 6 and 10, including speed run trial which shows a possible 120 km per hour speed.
The sections from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Station (KSR), Bengaluru and Nelamangala on the one end, and Hassan and Shravanabelagola on the other end have already been commissioned for passenger traffic.
The remaining stretch from Nelamangala to Shravanabelagola will be started after authorisation by the commissioner for railway safety, probably by the end of this month.
Speaking on the delay,rail expert Sanjeev V Dyamannanavar said, “The cost got escalated due to Karnataka government's failure to acquire land in required time. Another reason for the delay was the alignment issues. Initially, the railway line was to pass through Vijay Mallya owned stud farm. However, following objections, Railways decided to go for re-alignment to save the stud farm. However, the farmers who were about to lose the land due to the re-alignment then approached court which ruled in their favour and directed the court to go for the alignment over Kunigal stud farm. At least five years was lost in this.Now, to recover the huge investment, the Railways have to convert Hassan into a railway hub by running trains from different parts of the state, otherwise it would become a non-profitable line like the Chikkamagaluru-Kadur or ChikkaballapurKolar lines. Even the freight traffic should be routed to Mangaluru port using Hassan railway line.“
It may also be recalled as to how Hassan-Shravanabelagola train service was operational in 2007 itself and there was a night train from Shravanabelogala to Bengaluru via Hassan and Arasikere. The train would leave Shravanabelagola in the night and reach Bengaluru in the morning (while the road route would take a couple of hours) and subsequently the train was discontinued.
Tunnel thrill
Adding to the glory of the track between Bengaluru and Mangaluru, the line will have a tunnel constructed at Marur village in Biskur forest area between Nelamangala and Kunigal. The passengers will be enthralled to travel in tunnel that is almost 30 metres below the ground level. The tunnel will be one kilometer long in an area where the forest is not so dense. It will be the closest rail tunnel to Bengaluru.
Distance and journey time reduced
The take-off point for the new line is Chikbanavar on Bengaluru-Tumakuru BG line. Chikbanavar is 13 kms from KSR Bengaluru City Railway station.The distance from Chikbanavar to Nelamangala is 14 km. Two pairs of trains are currently running between KSR Bengaluru City and Nelamangala.
The much awaited line will reduce the distance between Bengaluru and Hassan by 50 km via Arsikere and about 87 km via Mysuru. With distance being reduced, the journey time between these two junctions will be reduced by one hour. The passengers commuting to Mangaluru will also enjoy the benefit of distance being reduced by 50 km via Arsikere and 107 km via Mysuru.
This is a cost sharing project between the government of Karnataka and Ministry of Railways.
Blame game on for Whitefield-Kolar railway line project
The Whitefield-Kolar railway line is all set to take the route of Hassan-Bengaluru railway line via Shravanabelagola, as it seems it is going to take a long time to be completed and the initial estimate costs might go through the roof.
The railway line of 52 km between Whitefield and Kolar was sanctioned in the 2011-12 Railways budget for Rs 343 crore, with a cost sharing system between Indian Railways and the government of Karnataka.
The project is likely to take decades to finish as the physical progress of the project is shown as `Nil' on the Railways website.
Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Ashok Gupta, chief administrative officer (construction), Bangalore Railway Division said, “There has not been any progress as the state government still has not allotted the required land of 831 acres.“
Ministers at the helm
During the railway budget years between 1996 and 2017, Railways got 15 ministers, with Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar taking charge twice
Two ministers from Karnataka, Mallikarjuna Kharge and DV Sadananda Gowda, have also taken charge as Railways ministers during this period

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Feb 21 2017 (20:46)
BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Simple...land acquisition was not required for Mars mission nor new route or rail laying...

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General Travel
Feb 19 2017 (19:33)   YPR/Yesvantpur Junction (6 PFs)

BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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@YPR today
General Travel
Feb 08 2017 (21:23)   16853/Cholan Express

BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Cholan ready to get LHB rakes from 16.02... Timings to revised from 16.02

Feb 08 2017 (21:24)
█▓▒░ Tushar Dhingra ░▒▓█^~   1612 blog posts   950 correct pred (69% accurate)
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Same pic aj 10 baar post ho chuki hai
General Travel
Feb 07 2017 (21:49)   16101/Boat Mail(Rameswaram Express) | MS/Chennai Egmore (11 PFs)

BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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From 10 02 the timings if boat mail will be revised. Kindly note the change and plan accordingly

Feb 07 2017 (21:55)
SRG*^~   35153 blog posts   156478 correct pred (76% accurate)
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Slowed down by 25 mins..
Rail Fanning
Jan 09 2017 (18:10)   KJM/WDM-3A/14026

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From A Bridge.Train Unknown

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Jan 09 2017 (20:21)
BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Kaveri was the and is the only connection between. Mysore and Madras since 1999

Jan 09 2017 (20:24)
Hel wid Blog cnt wen derz no useful content in dem~   460 blog posts   28 correct pred (84% accurate)
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i do agree,but that site showing this pic as cover photo has mentioned other alternatives for the benefit of users

Feb 06 2017 (23:36)
Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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"is the only connection" ? Isn't there a weekly too? And a Shatabdi from 90s.
★  Info Update
Feb 05 2017 (19:42)   HRSVE/Hirisave (3 PFs)

Foamer~   1303 blog posts
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Bengaluru-Hassan New Railway Line.
Some Good News: This line is 'likely' to start passenger services this month. CRS inspection is going to take place pretty soon.
New Station: Hirisave.

Today I visited one of the intermediate stations on the new Bengaluru-Hassan line - Hirisave. Below are some pics and info of the station as well as the progress of the railway line. Hope it is informative.....
For info on other new stations please ref:
Kunigal - /blog/post/2115088
Yediyuru - /blog/post/2123749
B.G.Nagar - /blog/post/2152736
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Pic 1: PF 1 Station Board.
Pic 2: Some newly painted PF benches and in the background staff quarters.
Pic 3: Station building board.
Pic 4: Foot over bridge.
Pic 5: Towards Bengaluru, signals switched on.
Pic 6: JCB clearing some shrubs and debris besides PF 3 track in keeping with the preparation for CRS.
Pic 7: View from PF 2-3.
Pic 8 & 9: View of the Road Over Bridge from PF 2-3 and PF 1 towards Hassan, signals switched on.
Pic 10 & 11: Station Building.
Pic 12: PF 2-3 Station Board.
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Station Info:
Name: Hirisave.
No of PFs: 3
Mainline: PF 2
Zone: SWR
Division: SBC
Address: Hirisave village, Channarayapatna Taluk, Hassan District, Karnataka - 573124.
The signals have been switched on and all other track related work is finished. Only some last finishing work for the station building is left.

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Feb 05 2017 (19:48)
BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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CRS inspection starting tomorrow till 10th.. Later we need to get approval. Minister sources says March end likely

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Station Tip
Feb 05 2017 (19:46)   MYS/Mysuru Junction (Mysore) (6 PFs)

BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Located about 30 kms from Mysore is the architectural marvel built by the Hoysalas of 20th Century. A temple built for Lord Chennakeshava, vandalised by the invaders. The temple seems to be partly (2%) incomplete with some stones still lying bare while some pillars stand still.The perfect engineering evident though Hoysala architecture is present in this town of Somanathapura, located 6 kms off Mysore-Malavalli road near Bannur.
A good place to visit, if interested in architecture, history or photography. Best avoided if you are not interested in either of them
Station Tip
Apr 23 2014 (21:42)   UD/Udupi (2 PFs)

BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Located about 6 kms from Udupi is the famous Malpe beach. Though a very small beach, its a very picturesque location.
About 6 kms from the shore is the famous St. Mary's island, consisting of Geologically formed Basaltic Lava rocks all over. Boat rides available at about Rs. 150 per person to reach the island, spend about an hour there and return back. Boat services are available from 9AM to 3PM and boat runs only if atleast 20 tickets are booked
Its serious a beauty to visit the island and the ride
through the sea is a fantastic journey by itself. If you are a camera amateur, a good place for improving your skills
Regular town buses (private) available from Udupi Town bus stand (About 400 metres away from KSRTC bus stand). Watch out for buses going to Malpe beach rather than ones to Malpe town as beach is almost 2 kms from Malpe Town bus stand. Buses are available at average frequency of 20 mins once from Udupi
for more details click here

Feb 04 2017 (13:54)
Gajendra Sahu~   1269 blog posts   159 correct pred (82% accurate)
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Any other places to visit nearby UDUPI

Feb 04 2017 (18:50)
BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Udupi Krishna temple, Malpe beach, Ganeshgudi Ganesha temple (30km) Mangalore (60km) Kollur (80 kms)
★  Travelogue
Dec 26 2016 (19:42)  

BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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TRIP] 16232 yet again!!
Indian Railways are known for bringing in all people of all caste and creed without discrimination under one roof.. 16232 is a perfect example as the solo connector to the TN Cauvery Delta region from the KA cauvery delta. And being the solo, it is the source for people of all religions to visit their shrines at the TN base at Velankanni, Nagore, Thanjavur & Kumbakonam.. And needless to say, marriage seasons, this train is always full.. And now also, it was indeed full
December 8th.. Being in Accounts
Dept, the previous month end work extended beyond its means and meant a last minute despatch from the office directly at 5:15PM. Well was planned for that and 1hr 45 mins is a breather away for any other city but definitely thats risky in Bangalore. 10 mins and no sign of a bus to the Central bus stand, settled for an auto for Rs. 170/- as per meter.. Quite okayish.. Well unconditionally the auto driver took my route to come via Jayanagar and Chamrajpet avoiding the crowded Nimhans and Shantinagar and hence at 5 past 6 was at the station greeted by the SWR King KK on PF-1 as usual showing off stretching beyond the ramp of PF-1
16232 was allotted PF-5 which at that time had the RajyaRani-Chamundi RSA- Its nice to see such a RSA where one RSA seems like a Title for the other RSA train. As usual she was struggling under pressure with the evening office goers occupying the inches of the space inside. I walked down to the refreshment stall on the veg side on Pf-6 and handed him over a Rs.100/- note- Chappati Kurma- curd rice and mineral water bottle and a coffee later, I was handed back Rs.5/-. In meantime, it was time for Chamundi to move on
WAP4 jolted out from somewhere in sidings and went to couple to 12684 Ernakulam Bi-weekly standing on Pf-2. Another WAP4 pulled in from the Mysore end into the Pit lines with a Dead WAP1 of AJJ. WDS6 was on end of Pf and Karnataka rake as usual was visible at the end. But i noticed somthing missing. in the meanwhile at 18:10hrs the 76525 Bangalore Kolar via Chikballapur DMU, having its recent extended run from Channapatna left from Pf-8
At 18:20hrs the missing was fulfilled as the display board changed timings. 12786 to KCG Dep 18:40 and 12684 dep to 18:55. KJM WDM2 pulled in with tthe SCR rake on PF-4 on dot the departure time. Still no sign of 16232. A wDP4 showed up at Mysore end with the Pass from Mysore at 18:25.. So 16232 has been trolled by the CPT pass and the Mysore Pass. The crowd waited for the pass and some jostling pushing later, all passengers were in respective seats on Pf-10
At 18:40hrs the 76552 Kolar-Bangalore DMU Via chikkaballapura pulled in and the crowd on Pf-7 got up to board as its RSA Dharmapuri Pass the previous day (07.12) this train had left behind the 16232 following the late arrival but today 16232 is no where to be seen and hence higher priority for the passenger. The passenger immediately filled up
At 18:45hrs the Erode tiwns showed their light over the corner and literally crawled in inch by inch into Pf-5 taking almost 10 mins for complete progress to halt. Boarded my coach S-8 and berth number 59 the whole coach looking like a remodified coach with full patches and brown linen dotting the seats. Occupied the emergency exit seat No. 63 . Went through the chart at the door but dejectedly it was the previous night 16731 chart from tuticorin
At 19:00hrs, WDP4 entered with the Golgumbaz on Pf-9 and after 10 mins got its departure for progress. In meantime, the 56261 AJJ-SBC Pass pulled into PF-6 and the crowd waiting for the same boarded as it got ready to leave as 16522 Bangarpet Express. Announcement went for 12627 to New Delhi to depart Pf-1 but no signs of us leaving
Time kept ticking. Crowd kept accumulating on Pf-5 as the boards displayed the same as departure Pf for the 16517/23 Kannur-Karwar Link Express via Mysore. People came with expectations and enquiries to my window and went back upset on learning it was a different train.
Time kept ticking. Announcement went at 19:15 announcing the 56513 from Karaikkal coming in on Pf-2. slowly guess in meantime even 12627 would have also started. the rake of the predator Raj was shunted in on Pf-8 in meantime
At 19:45hrs the Erode twins gave a loud honk- Loud enough to be heard 16 coaches behind, as we started pulling out. In the meantime, 16517/23 rake was shunted from the pitline and both the trains had a parallel line till the shunting point, where the KJM alco stopped and hooted for being pulled back into PF-5. 10 mins into the journey, we were at Cantt where crowd awaited for our train + Bangarpet Express. just as we exited Cantt, at 20:00hrs, WAP7 hauled 12609 entered in from the opposite side.
Glided through Bangalore East where we stopped again most likely the 12863 Howrah Express joining the mainline coming from YPR at BYPL outer. After 5 mins halt we proceeded and just at BYPL outer, Erode Twins with 12678 from Ernakulam accelerated past trying to minimize delay. So it was a mere foramilty slowing down at BYPL to cross the loop and by this time my dinner was also complete. Chappati was okayish with kurma actually tasty. But the heat of the Kurma kept chappati going and complete.
We were now on ethe Bangalore ring road having to travel from Eastern Corner of city to Southern Corner past the rising suburbs. A blast past Bellandur Road and we came to a halt at Carmelram at 20:25hrs. Though the Pf is better lit and both Pf-2 and Pf-1 having high rise platforms now, the Pf-2 side of the station still gives a spooky look
We proceed past CRLM and maintaining good speeds with the speed restriction at the 12677 accident site past Anekal Road, we roll into hosur at 21:00hrs where the complete coach gets occupied. As usual 98% occupancy well visible, we leave after a 2 minute halt
The problems majorly faced in any train leaving before 8 was evident here too. Once the clock struck 9 all the passengers will want to get into the berths while it is well ahead of sleep time for majority of us. Railways rule book says MB can be put up between 9PM & 6AM and its generally considered to core. Thankfully Seat no. 71 was a TTE seat and with no passengers there, went and rested myself there leaving everyone else to put up their berths
Devoid of any crossings and through the elephant corridor, this stretch si a treat to watch. Being in one of the end coaches gives complete view of the train and the signal even before the train has cuvred. A green light, approached by a beaming light loco, followed by a train of lights of all the coaches ahead of us was continously repeated as we tackled the HSRA-DPJ 90 km section. with repeated slowdowns and one crossing with a Plasser at Rayakottai, we approach Pf-2 of DPJ at 22:20hrs, the Pf-1 occupied by the sleeping DMU that left before 16232 arrival. After 2 minute halt we left
I was determined to see the Thoppur ghats at night and with no intteruptions and mind fresh from each and every curve of the HSRA-DPJ section, the heart throbbed as we approached Sivadi station the starting point. RPF personnel came and closed all doors and lowered all window glasses and shutters as is their formalities in this section thanks to the 2 brake test halts in middle of nowhere when the train tackles this section. Slowly we chugged downhill having a test halt over the 1st ravine and the 2nd one at the desolate Muttampatti station. post that, it was again a repeat of the long curves as done earlier and at 23:00hrs we crossed thoppur station signalling the arrival of plains. The Shevaroyan Hills, housing the famous Yercaud hill station gave us company as the NH-7 from Varanasi via Bangalore cut over us. The next station, Karuvalli, housing a small temple called Chinna tirupati (dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara) was zipped by. Earlier, the temple was not easy to spot in day time but now thanks to numerous road lights, the temple gopuram was clearly seen.
The next station Semmandapatti halt was not even visible and I decide to retire for the day just as we had a slowdown at Omalur outskirts. Reason being to allow time for 11022 Tirunelveli Dadar Tri-weekly to enter the loop at Omalur following which we honked past waving bye towards Salem and I went to sleep
It was a deep sleep and dont remember waking up except for once over the Kaveri bridge at Erode. So when i got up, the train was approaching a slowdown and time was 5:20AM. Budalur I thought to myself while everyone else packe dup saying it was Thanjavur
got down from the UB and now in the near empty coach, packed my luggage and sat by the window enjoying the winter breeze (Pre-Varda cyclone). After a stop-run halt at Papanasam, we made it at 5:55AM to Kumbakonam and i got down towards the coffee shop for the 1st sip of the day expecting 16183 uzhavan from Chennai to arrive before that. But that wasnt the case was 16232 left meaning it will be minimum 20-25 mins for Uzhavan arrival on single line section, went out of the station
Thanks for patient reading

Dec 27 2016 (00:36)
karthiksastry89   84 blog posts
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Great narration as usual! :)
Just a minor correction, it is 16235 and not 16731. :)

Dec 27 2016 (22:57)
BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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Oh yeah

Jan 29 2017 (09:09)
Main nd around in VM TPJ Sud be Diesel~   1028 blog posts   6 correct pred (77% accurate)
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I am having doubt
U sat in tte seat
Did he allow?(did he say anything)

Jan 30 2017 (23:11)
BMTIR*^~   21263 blog posts   7421 correct pred (63% accurate)
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TtE was in another coach chatting with his colleaguE. He didn't come
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