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Today (7:25PM)   CTO/Chittoor (3 PFs)        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Get down here for visiting a very famous Vinayakar Temple(Ganesh,Elephant God) at Kanipakam. Recently I had visited this place. I drove there but it is only 10km from the RS. Anyone visiting Tirupati should definitely visit this place. Unfortunately I didn't take any pics. The pics here are from different sources. AP Endowment board has built lot of cottages for your comfortable stay. I thought as Vinayakar Chaturthi (Ganesh) is nearing it would be appropriate to post now.
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chetan.bhusnur   1 blog posts  
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16523--sbc-karwar express is a mockery of Indian Railway. Not surprisingly the train wastes 80 mins just for Loco Reversal...Do we really need such trains??????????

  
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Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Actually the loco reversals take a lot more than 80 mins.
  
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Aug 28 (9:16PM)   22618/Tirupati - Bengaluru City InterCity Express        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Aug 28 2015 (9:18PM)
If a train gets delayed by more than 40 mins in a 300km run I think IR should quit operating tarins trains and give to the private operators
What a useless train. Arrived at KJM ahead of schedule but made to wait for 30 mins. NTES also not reliable and giving wrong info to passengers and others. If a train gets delayed by more than 40 mins in a 300km run I think IR should quit operating trains and give to the private operators. Nothing shinning about India here. IR is planning for bullet trains. Lol.

  
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Aug 28 (9:19PM)        

CONGRATS TEAM INDIA SERIES VICTORY   58892 blog posts   4691 correct pred (77% accurate)  
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its because of congestion at SBC.

  
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Aug 28 (9:22PM)        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Then they shouldn't run trains from SBC. Honestly this is utter nonsense. Still at BNC. India again and again proves to be a 3rd world country.

  
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Aug 28 (9:23PM)        

PKV**   18490 blog posts   49 correct pred (83% accurate)  
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Aug 28 2015 (9:24PM)
Ache din kab ayenge ?
Punctuality is no doubt an issue. But to me the horrible condition of sleeper class coaches carrying W/L, UR and even WT passengers is a bigger problem. IR has totally abdicated its responsibility to ensure that SL coaches do not carry more that the prescribed number of passengers. The condition of HWH-MAS Mails, Coromandel, and Guwahati-bound trains from the South is pathetic. Ache din kab ayenge ?

  
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Aug 28 (9:27PM)        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Spot on sir. Honestly am really upset because my aunt who is diabetic is almost fainting.

  
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Aug 28 (9:30PM)        

PKV**   18490 blog posts   49 correct pred (83% accurate)  
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In India one thing we have in plenty is EXCUSES. For each and every problem, we have 100 + REASONS but not 1 SOLUTION.

  
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Aug 28 (9:31PM)        

CONGRATS TEAM INDIA SERIES VICTORY   58892 blog posts   4691 correct pred (77% accurate)  
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thats sad
but NTES giving correct update only.
BANGALORE CANT(BNC) 1 20:13 20:15 21:18 1:05 hrs U.A. 333

  
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Aug 28 (9:33PM)        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Aug 28 2015 (9:33PM)
NTES for a long time said train at BYPL and no delay
NTES for a long time said train at BYPL and no delay. They have just updated.

  
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Aug 28 (9:38PM)        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Aug 28 2015 (9:39PM)
We might talk big but at the end we Indians are a big zero
Honestly who cares if India has gone to Mars etc when you can't take care of the basic needs of a citizen. We might talk big but at the end we Indians are a big zero.

  
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Aug 28 (10:43PM)        

CONGRATS TEAM INDIA SERIES VICTORY   58892 blog posts   4691 correct pred (77% accurate)  
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seems like NTES forget train at BNC only.. stil it shows bnc time..

  
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Aug 28 (10:57PM)        

sonukhan   27 blog posts   1176 correct pred (66% accurate)  
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Bhai Sab Indian railways ka matlab shayad apko patanahi. Uska matlab a hai ki kabhi time pe nahi ana aur koi guaranty nahi ki aap ki train kab aur kahan khadi hojaye

  
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Aug 28 (11:12PM)        

Rockstar SBC Mail   1818 blog posts   234 correct pred (64% accurate)  
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sorry to hear Jay. SBC infrastructure is useless to be honest and even if there is a delay in departure of one train from PFs 1-7, the arrivals get affected badly. I have seen this happening several times before- TPTY, ERS, MAS ICE, lalbagh, Shatbadi, Karaikal Passenger all these night arrivals will stay put at BYPL, BNC, KJM, BNCE. Ridiculous at times because they will not let these trains arrive on a PF other than the regular PF. and SBC division is very notorious for fake NTES updates in case this type of delay happens-

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Aug 29 (12:01PM)        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Finally the train reached SBC at 9.45pm an hour and 5 mins late. Totally unacceptable for a 300km run. It had reached KJM at 7.50pm and it took almost 2hours for 14km.

  
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Aug 29 (12:05PM)        

rdb**   25860 blog posts   314500 correct pred (78% accurate)  
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It wd have been better to walk down from KJM to SBC or even BMTC bus than to spend 2 hrs

  
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Aug 29 (12:27PM)        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Aug 29 2015 (12:27PM)
If they inform the passengers that the train wont move for a long time then passengers can make alternate arrangements
The problem is you never know when the train will start moving. If they inform the passengers that the train wont move for a long time then passengers can make alternate arrangements.

  
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Aug 29 (12:35PM)        

Maniaco**   1884 blog posts   185803 correct pred (71% accurate)  
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Same case with 16528, It take 2 hours from CRLM to YPR, whereas the distance is not more than 20 km's. And then they proudly say - 16528 is always reaches on schedule at YPR

  
Aug 29 (3:27PM)        

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Aug 29 2015 (5:04PM)
I travelled yesterday by MAS-SBC DD and u wont believe it halted for full 90mins at KJM, then took 1hr from KJM to SBC and reached SBC late by 2hrs


Aug 29 2015 (3:36PM)
They even announced at KJM station that the train would be halted for 90mins

Aug 29 2015 (3:31PM)
I travelled yesterday by MAS-SBC DD and u wont believe it halted for full 90mins at KJM, then took 1hr from KJM to SBC and reached SBC late by 2hrs
Yesterday there was a minor derailment at SBC station in the afternoon, they might have taken some time for repairs and consequently chain effect on all trains, i guess that must be the reason for delay.
I travelled yesterday by MAS-SBC DD and it halted for full 90mins at KJM, then took 1hr from KJM to SBC and reached SBC late by 2hrs.
They even announced at KJM station that the train would be halted for 90mins.

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Aug 26 (6:50AM)   18211/Durg - Jagadalpur (Tri-weekly) Express        

TATA Steel Plant Jagdalpur   200 blog posts   738 correct pred (72% accurate)  
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Aug 26 2015 (6:50AM)
Phone charging outlets present near every seat
Phone charging outlets present near every seat.

  
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Aug 26 (7:22AM)        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Aug 25 (7:21PM)   Three factors that caused the train accident        

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Luck was against the victims of the midnight train-truck accident here in the early hours of Monday. Had the train gone past a minute earlier, the out-of-control boulder-laden truck would have crashed through the level crossing without any casualties.
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conspired to cause the tragedy in coach H1 of the Bangalore-Nanded Express.
The road
The treacherous ghat road between Penukonda and Madakasira in Anantapur district has been home to several road accidents over the years.
The most recent one was seven months ago: an APSRTC bus crashed into a gorge very close to the current accident site, killing 15 people.
The road from Madakasira to Penukonda has several sharp curves without sufficient banking. There are several blind curves, including one just before the railway gate where Monday morning’s accident happened. It’s a sharp curve followed by a very short stretch to the level-crossing.
The truck
The truck — AP16 TT 9885 — involved in the accident is a 10-wheel, long-haul truck with a cabin and a flatbed trailer.
It went out of control on the short but steep incline down to the railway gate. Heavily-laden, its momentum carried it past the gate and right into the train.
Police suspect that the brakes failed at the top of the incline.
The granite boulder on the flat carriage of the truck was unfastened, as is normal in the transportation of granite blocks.
Spun around
As the truck crashed into the train, it spun around sharply due to which the cubic block slid off the carriage and crashed into the air-conditioned compartment.
The driver of the truck allegedly jumped out of the vehicle just before the accident and fled the spot

  
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Aug 25 (7:31PM)        

Jay Pacific**   6455 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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I think the fatalities would have been much higher if it had crashed into SL or General bogie.

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Aug 24 (9:58AM)   12635/Vaigai SF Express | MDU/Madurai Junction (6 PFs) | RPM/WAP-7/30368        

PANDIAN   142 blog posts  
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SR decided to Run a Superfast Express between Madurai and Chennai via Chord line with the Max speed , so since Speed in MG was Limited to 75kmph those days , After several Research SR Came up with Specially Designed Rake which is specifically Meant for Vaigai Express the Buffers and couplers were Specifically designed and certified to Run at 110kmph to distinguish this rake from other normal Rakes, SR had Made a Special Green/Yellow Livery for this train ,As well Vaigai was the 1st Train in SR to be fitted with Tubelights and glass cover for windows , By 1977 Feb the Rakes were Rolled out of ICC ICF and after Several testing at Last this train was decided to be operated by August
Guguvayur Express (16128) gave way for the Boss with patience at Ullundurpet, Vaigai Cruised through guruvayur guruvaiyur express with a loud horn and both the lp's shared flag signal, vaigai maintained consistent 110kmph and we reached Vridhachalam sharp by 16
Arun Pandian (AP)

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Station Tag: Madurai Junction/MDU added by PANDIAN/1100036

Aug 24 2015 (10:00AM)
Train Tag: Vaigai SF Express/12636 added by PANDIAN/1100036
************135/136 Vaigai the Legend**********
38th Birthday Celebration for Vaigai Express
A Detailed Story of how this train is formulated and why its so special among railfans and People of SR
Dear members of IRI you all might be aware of our 38th Vaigai express Service anniversary celebration that happened on 15/8/2015
I am Very much happy to share the story and incidents of Vaigai express which i had collected from various other Ex-rail/current Rail Employee's during 1975 while Madras , Trichy and Madurai were fast developing there were no
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good roads and people over these areas were completely dependent on the railways , after Various requests by people of the south
SR decided to Run a Superfast Express between Madurai and Chennai via Chord line with the Max speed , so since Speed in MG was Limited to 75kmph those days , After several Research SR Came up with Specially Designed Rake which is specifically Meant for Vaigai Express the Buffers and couplers were Specifically designed and certified to Run at 110kmph to distinguish this rake from other normal Rakes, SR had Made a Special Green/Yellow Livery for this train ,As well Vaigai was the 1st Train in SR to be fitted with Tubelights and glass cover for windows , By 1977 Feb the Rakes were Rolled out of ICF and after Several testing at Last this train was decided to be operated by August
Goc had Furnished few of its YDM 4's to with Extra Jet Booster Motors for efficient Breaking and Pick up , Vaigai had its Specific Locomotives with identical Livery of the coaches which were fit in with Dual tone Horn's the 1st train nor the loco sets to have dual tone horns to make it different from other trains
During initial days unlike shatabthi's and Jan shatabhi's Vaigai do not run on Tuesdays since due to maintenance of the rakes
On 15 August 1977 1st Super-Fast Carrier of madurai and the Fastest Meterguage train from Madurai was flagged off By sharp 6AM, the train was Notched By LP Vembudayan (Late) and the train was flagged of by a senior Gang Man
on the very 1st day Vaigai clocked its Top Speed and reached chennai in 7 hours and 5 minutes Which was equal to most of the BG SF Trains of those days , later on in the 2nd week of the run the Total Travelling time was increased to 7 hours and 30 minutes due to passenger Safety
till 1984 Vaigai Ran with 16 coaches with Dual YDM 4 from Madurai till chennai, it used to leave Madurai at 6am and reach chennai by 1.30pm and start from chennai at 2pm and reach madurai at 9.30pm , In 1984 due to increase in patronage at Trichy Vaigai was Split into two and there came up the 12605/12606 Pallavan Express
Coaches of Vaigai Express were Divided into 2 and were operated as Vagai from Madurai and as Pallavan from Trichy , Ac chair car with 40 seated capacity was Attached to vaigai and pallavan in the same year , no other Meter Gauge train had an AC chair car coach those days
Now coming to the Speed of Vaigai , i still haven’t experienced the MG Vaigai's Speed in any other trains in india till date , i still remember those days Admiring the speed of vaigai passing through from the suburban stations,
Vaigai used to cross the suburbs of chennai like Wind and the horn sound the vaigai will be like the Roar of Lion , Vaigai's MG days run during Yellow Green Livery Would be similar to the Run of Furious Lion roaring towards its Prey
there have been a very famous tamil song in which we can see the Dusting blast of MG King Vaigai
i could still recall that Certain key man will tie themselves with a rope in the nearby pillar to avoid them falling aside while exchanging key for vaigai express , there have been 3 to 4 fatal deaths of key men and SM ariyalur during early 80's who had lost life while exchanging Key and Signals for Vaigai express
My childhood Vaigai Experience were Great , there is no other train travel that could give me the happiness and excitement that MG vaigai gave me
Vaigai had travelled a long way it had got all powerful loco's in this 38 years from YDM4 to WDP 4B in diesels and YAM 1 till WAP 7 in electrics , i somehow restricted in travelling in 3 phase loco hauled train in MS-VM side since i want to do 1st in Vaigai
I have been trying to do a special celebration for vaigai since 2013 on August 15th but unfortunately , none of my emails will get a Reply , in the same mood i had sent an email to MDU Dvn Pro seeking permission for a small cake cut for vaigai express on its Anniversary day
but i totally forgot that email after a week i got a reply asking for my number nor asked me to call to a mobile , while i called that number it was respectable PRO of madurai , he spoke with full hospitality and said that his computer was not working so that he was not able to reply to my mail immediately
he asked me what exactly i want to do i said either at departure or arrival i want to cut cake for the service anniversary since 15 of Aug is its service anniversary , as well i added a point that we want to thank all the railway staff's for operating this train and i said i want the LP of the train to Cut the cake on the anniversary day
PRO said he want to check with higher officials and reply in 2 days
with no confidence i said ok , but for a surprise the next day morning i recieved a confirmation message that officials are ok with doing a small celebration during arrival since the train schedule will get over and LP and ALP can take part, with full rejoice me, Mahesh ji and another die hard non IRI Rail fan Ashok from Madurai started planning what we need to do since we have less days, Ashok came up with an idea of Cutting a Photo Cake old photo of vaigai express clicked By Mani Vijay sir during his travel in vaigai in 1985 , so requested his permission through FB , he was happy enough to permit me to use his Picture in the Cake so we ordered for a 3 kg Cake from Vaigai bakers Madurai(Cake for Vaigai From Vaigai), during the last 2 days my whole mind was completely evolved with Vaigai and design of celebrations , on 12th evening Mahesh sir called me and said that we need to do something that could appreciate the Ground Staffs of railways
we planned for a memento nor a Cup , so i had planned for a Coffee Mug with almost all old Pic's of Vaigai express we made a Tittle "Journey of Vaigai Express from YDM4 to WAP 7" me and mahesh sir worked on CS3 tools to make out a perfect mash up and we landed up with a perfect blend of loco graphics ,we printed the same on 10 Mugs with the tittle “Journey of vaigai from ydm 4 to WAP 7" , on the same day we got an email from PRO stating that crew is already been about the celebration , through some railway friend we came to know that one of senior Loco pilot MR.G Kathavarayan is going to Drive Vaigai on 15th august from VM to MDU
At last the day had come we both got our tickets confirmed in C3 , we both reached the station by 1pm we boarded the train and while on the journey we planned to meet the loco pilot at VM and invite him for our celebration , we had little hesitation since we never knew nor even seen him before, i feel that it was our luck by 2pm while nearing chenglepet
i recieved a call from My Friend Samsun Fernando who knew our plan and he is a railstaff who is returning by the same train till trichy , we asked him to inform the Lp of Vaigai about our plan , he asked us to come near loco and he will help us in talking with him , the train entered VM by 3.50pm and prior to that me and mahesh sir started walking inside the coaches towards loco
For the 1st time my dream of Meeting the Loco Pilot of Vaigai came true through SAMSUN Fernando Bro and Mahesh sir , We met the Loco pilot at VM , he said that he is already informed me and mahesh sir informed him that he is going to be the chief guest and important part of today's celebration, he and ALP of the train said that they would attend for sure
after which we made a move towards our coach , me and mahesh sir doorplate from the 1st coach in our own style , in the single line section Vaigai fired like a Rocket with WAP 7 30368 all that i could see was Green , and Vaigai ruled the tracks like a king
Guguvayur Express (16128) gave way for the Boss with patience at Ullundurpet, Vaigai Cruised through guruvaiyur express with a loud horn and both the lp's shared flag signal, vaigai maintained consistent 110kmph and we reached Vridhachalam sharp by 16.25, train stopped at VRI for 5 minutes since it was 3 minutes BT , Vridhachalam to Ariyalur had about 6 temp Cautions since doubling works are in progress
so speed was limited to 100 and some places 90kmph, at a Station Called ICHANGADU we found WAP 1 hauled train that was Waiting for the Boss to Cross , at the end we found out that was 12666 CAPE-HWH Express , somehow we reached ariyalur on time before ariyalur at station called Sendurai Vaigai Massively overtook VM-MDU Passenger , train stopped there for 1 minutes and started , after ariyalur the line is doubled till Valadi (a station near Trichy)
Vaigai maintained consistent 110kmph with no speed drop from Ariyalur to Valadi from there the train once again swtiched over to single line , the crew was continuously blowing horn since SRGM to GOC there are totally 8 main gates we reached TPJ by 18.20 pm 10 minutes Before time , we planned to walk back to coaches for our surprise , SMR GOC "Peter" who had come to meet us at tpj with some sweets and fruits
he was very kind enough to spend some time with us on his rest hours , train started from TPJ by 18.35pm and picked up speed at Kolathur we slowed down to 10kmph due to temporary speed restriction where 22628 TPJ-TEN ICE was waiting for us and i had a Friend MR Moorthy who is working in that train , he was waiting for us in the door steps of his coach we exchanged a hello and i introduced him to mahesh sir on the run , he asked me to share the celebration pics in whatapp
after this we took some rest and after crossing DG we came to know that train is running 15 minutes Before time and we started following up for cake and by 8.20 we recieved a call from PRO stating that its raining heavily at madurai so we might not be able to do the celebration at the platforms , as he said while entering madurai it was raining heavy , My Best Friend a Die-hard rail fan Ashok collected the cake and was waiting at the platform , before we could reach the loco Lp and ALP already left
with a long face we 3 started walking towards the FOB with no clue of what we are going to do next , within a minutes a gentle man with a black umbrella walked towards us and seeing the cake box he asked us are you Arun and Mahesh we said yes , he said he is the PRO and all other staffs are on the way since its raining LP had left to Crew Booking Lobby , that info from him brought back the ethu for us he said we can go to PF 1 and do the celebration and we 4 started walking , in a short distance we saw a group of
White Uniforms with Walkie Talkie proceeding towards us , they were the SMR , SM's and SEE and JE's and TXR's of Madurai now we had around 15 members with us SMR said we should cut cake at PF1 since Podhigai express is about to reach and passengers might get disturbed so he contacted his junior and asked to Open the SMR Lobby Room , while waking in the FOB the Cheif Crew Controller Mr Venkatesh Joined us and was enquiring about the celebration and for what we are doing this , we said we are doing this to thank all railway staff's for operating Vaigai with Full Excellence in equal to Shatabthi
we reached the SMR room but Lp and ALP of the train were not present , we started talking to everyone about Vaigai and the history of Vaigai Express , meanwhile Ashok Opened the Cake Box which surprised the Crowd since the cake was very awesome , the Cheif Crew controller and PRO immediately called the LP and ALP over phone and asked them to take part , since we 3 said that the Pilot has to cut the cake and take the honor within another 5 minutes ALP and LP was in
The cake catcher their attention , on seeing the Cake LP said that he has worked in this train as a diesel Assistant ,and he started sharing lot of old incidents and history after 10 minutes of LP's speech we three insisted LP sir to Cut the Cake , he said all senior officers are here they have to cut , PRO said that you are the hero of the day and you should cut the cake , sharp By 21.30 LP , ALP along with Crew controller and SMR Cut the Cake and SMR gave cake to LP , ALP and Crew Controller , after than all of the gave cake to each one of us
LP Kathavarayan sir said that in his 35 years of Driving Experience he havent experienced such a funtion he thanked us a lot , we found that a huge part of cake was remaining so we cut down the cake and we distributed it to passengers stating we celebrated Vaigai Express Service annivesary and we did a cake cut to thank the railstaff's for operational excellence , a huge crowd gathered surrounding us , we informed the crowd that these are the people who are traversing us safe and secure all these years and the celebration is to thank them , lot of members in crowd thanked the Station officails and some kids shook hands with LP sir and took cake
After Cake cutting Ceremony we surprised the MDU Dvn staffs with our Massive Coffee Mugs with Vaigai Graphics the cup will have all loco pics of Vaigai express , we presented it as a mememto's to LP , ALP who worked the train and 1 each per department ,and i had personally made a cup to one of my favorite LP Mr D.Krishnan of Madurai who was not able to take part due to health issue for which i handed over to the LP Kathavarayan who said he is staying nearby his house
Lp and ALP became very happy and they both said what they can do for us , we asked them a favor to snap a pic near Vaigai Name board and near the loco they happily agreed and for a moment my childhood dream of taking a snap with the Driver of Vaigai near the Name board of Vaigai Came True
the Day ended successfully with full of happiness and by 10.30pm we moved towards our hotel and slept happily , the next day morning we left madurai in 16128 while leaving The CCRC , Kathavarayan sir and Murugan ALP came to station for the sendoff , it was a happy trip in my life that i had ever made
for our surprise the news had came up in Times of india which PRO had Given to TOI Reporter who called us over phone and took a small interview on the way
"We dont have Shatabthi to Madurai but we have Vaigai which is the brand of the south" , "No shatabthi and no Duronto can Hold his place in SR" , "Vaigai the first Flight of Madurai", "Vaigai the unbeatable king of SR"
The above were the quotes we wrote on the cake
unfortunately we did not take much pics of the celebration
hope you all Enjoyed the history and trip report
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Arun Pandian (AP)

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I think Vaigai MG version was faster than the present day version. Am talking before the introduction of Pallavan Exp. Another daytime fast express train was called Super between MS and TVC via Sengotai.

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I think it was till QLN ,( not sure ). I remember Super mail arriving DG at 09:00 hrs

  
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TVC had MG line before. After the GC it was terminated at QLN.

  
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This is from wiki
"Popular Meter Gauge Trains on the route
Train No:6105/6106 (Earlier 105/106) Kollam-Chennai Egmore Mail
This train was introduced in 1904 after the completion of Quilon-Sengottai-Virudhunagar meter gauge line and was flagged off by then Maharaja of Travancore, Moolam Thirunal. The train was later renamed the Quilon-Madras mail. The train was extended to Trivandrum in 1918 after completion of the Quilon-Trivandrum meter gauge line. This train was one of the early meter gauge trains to have an air conditioned coach and First Class. The train was truncated at Quilon after Kollam -Trivandrum Central meter gauge track was converted to broad gauge in 1979. The train by through Madurai junction railway station from 1996 via Manamadurai Junction when
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Virudhunagar-Madurai line was converted to broad gauge. The train was discontinued in June 2000. "

  
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yes it was the fast train those days on CGL - MS route. at that time NO RSA

  
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was this Quilon Mail ( MG days)?

  
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Yes 105/106 Mail

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Sir you are right. Actually MS-TVC Exp was called super and was the fastest train before Vaigai on chord line. It used to leave MS in the mornings and reach MS in the evenings. This was the only day train between MDU and MS on chord line.

  
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Do you remember when Pazhavanthangal was built?

  
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Useful info sir...

  
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Nopes. Probably much b4 80s. after St. thomas mount next station was meenambakkam. This station is close to Nanaganallur. though there is route to nanaganallur both from St. thomas mount and Meenambakkm, Pazhavanthangal is very near to it

  
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I think late 70's. I think Trisulam came up in 80's.

  
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Right. I left Chennai for good in 1965 and these 2 stations did not exist then.

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yes trisulam built in 80's to facilitate Airport pax. the name of this station may be from d hill adjacent to this stn

  
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yes Super Express used to start by 9am from MS , in later days it ran as Kollam Express , i am Fascinated about the statement of a station master "Sir after a fatal death of a Key man at Ariyalur , TPJ Dnv and MDU Dvn Safety officers provided us Thick Ropes and Keyman have to tie it to the nearby piller and exchange the key , in later days after 1980's a key pickup hanger was provided in the loco so while running fast the key can be hanged in the hanger and the Pilots will pull in the hanger using the Latch"

  
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sir i remeber travelling in Quailon mail during diwali season of 99 october , that was my last MG journey from MS , after 1995 the train ran via Main line till TPJ , from then MNM-Arupukottai-VPT-TSI-SCT-QLN

  
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i think in late 80's the MS-QLN/TVC Super Express did not exist , and to cover this train SR Introduced Koodal Express which was Numbered as 2637/2638(which is the current Pandian Express number).. i haven't travelled in Koodal Express but have seen this train

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Whether this train was RESTED on Tuesdays, during its starting days ? vaguely remember vagai was RESTED on Tuesdays, unable to recollect exactly

  
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I know Vaigai was rested but I doubt if Super was.

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The Rs 2,315-crore Hubli-Ankola railway line, cutting across the Western Ghats in Karnataka, has been shown the red signal by a Supreme Court panel on forest and wildlife, which said that the project’s “huge and irreparable” ecological impact would “far outweigh” its “actual tangible benefits”.
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Last August, Railways Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, who is also a senior BJP leader from Karnataka, had claimed that he was in touch with Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on the issue and that the 168-km rail link project — conceived in 1998 primarily to transport iron ore from the Bellary-Hospet mines — would be cleared in a year.
However, in its report submitted earlier this month, the Supreme Court’s Central Empowered Committee (CEC) underlined that the net present value of the modified requirement of 727 hectares of forest land for the project works out to Rs 7,426 crore ? more than triple the project cost.“These figures most effectively demonstrate the extraordinary high ecological and economic value of the forest land involved in the project,” it said, recommending that the apex court may direct the Environment Ministry not to reconsider or approve the project it had earlier rejected.
MoEF officials refused to comment as the matter was sub-judice.
A joint venture between the Railways and the Karnataka government, the original project involved construction of 329 bridges and 29 tunnels, and required felling of more than 2.5 lakh trees on 965 hectares of forest land.
The proposal was rejected by the Environment Ministry in 2004 but revived with modifications in 2006. Pushing the rail link in 2008, the Karnataka government claimed it was “inevitable that the Western Ghats has to be pierced through at some point to ensure this connectivity between coastline and eastern plains of the state.”
The CEC’s opinion follows a series of adverse reports the project has attracted since its foundation stone was laid by then prime minister A B Vajpayee in May 2000.
In 2002, the Karnataka forest department observed that no national interest would be served by dissecting the forest landscape of Uttara Kannada with a new rail link when the potential of the existing alternatives such as Hubli-Vasco, Hospet-Chennai and Hospet-Vizag lines was yet to be tapped fully due to the low volume of iron ore traffic.
It further reasoned that the deposit of Bellary-Hospet itself would not last beyond 20 years, making mining economically unviable.
But by then, the Railways had already started work on the project in a non-forest stretch. In 2003, the then Karnataka forest chief reiterated that “the forest and terrain really do not permit a railway line” but the proposal “has to be considered in the light” of “more than one commitment” already made by the state government and the Railways Ministry.
Submitting the proposal to the Union Environment Ministry, Karnataka’s then principal secretary (forest) acknowledged that the rail link “will further fragment the forest and expose fresh areas to anthropogenic pressure”, before concluding that “these appear inevitable given the importance of the line”.
In May 2004, the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Environment Ministry observed that the project “for transporting mainly iron ore has not much justification” while “this will simply be a tragedy on the prime forests of the Western Ghats. Accordingly, the ministry rejected the proposal.
In the following months, the Railway Ministry mounted pressure, underlining the importance of the project in view of increasing global demand for iron ore. In September, the FAC asked the Karnataka government to critically revise the proposal. The Railway ministry modified the proposal in 2005, reducing the forest land requirement to 720 hectare.
In 2006, two NGOs approached the CEC which found that though the project was rejected, work was in progress on a 40-km non-forest stretch. Before CEC could take action, 80 per cent of earth and bridge works up to 47 km between Hubli and Kiravatti was complete.
In 2011, the state government engaged the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to prepare a technical report. Recommending a Rs 450-crore mitigation plan, the IISc report said in 2012 that the proposed link would cut through a key elephant corridor and trigger conflict, while removal of trees would lead to a loss of 2.25 lakh tonnes of carbon and annual sequestration potential of upto 3,696 tonnes.
Between 2006 and 2013, the CEC held seven hearings and meetings on the project. During this period, the Railways proposed to implement the project in stages while Karnataka further reduced the total forest land requirement to 687 hectare.
Dismissing the reduction in forest-land requirement, the CEC said that “no amount of mitigation measures would be adequate to contain the severe adverse impact on the biodiversity-rich dense forest of Western Ghats.”
However, it said that the MoEF may divert five hectares of fringe forest land for the Hubli-Kalaghati stretch of the proposed link as sought by the Railways if the latter confirmed that the segment would be commercially viable by itself.
13 YEARS, MANY TWISTS AND TURNS
2002: Karnataka forest department says no national interest would be served by dissecting forest.
2003: Karnataka forest chief says forest and terrain “do not permit” railway line.
2004: Environment Ministry panel says project will “be a tragedy on the prime forests”.
2005: Railways cuts forest requirement to 720 hectares.
2006: CEC finds work in progress on a 40-km non-forest stretch.
2012: IISc says link would cut through elephant corridor.
2006-2013: Railways says will implement project in stages, Karnataka cuts forest requirement to 687 hectares.
2015: SC panel says “no amount of mitigation measures would be adequate to contain the severe adverse impact on the biodiversity-rich dense forest”.

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Great decision. Development not at the cost of environment.

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Thats true sir. Lots of forest areas has been replaced with agricultural farm lands along Sakhleshpura to Gundya route :(:(. very sad to see.

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Absolutely right. It would cost billions of dollars and trust me not worth it. We are not able to connect Kashmir yet and do you think building 100s of km of tunnel an easy task. These ideas are just wishful thinking.

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Western Ghats has no natural pass to the East><West in the Karnataka State.So the Artificial passes are necessiated in the Karnataka portion of the WG for transport like Palakkad Natural Pass.

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#admin . please allow me to create imaginary trains..

  
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IRI is too hard to resist I guess
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Can someone tell for sure wheather this train is having upgradation facility or not.
Because today my relatives ticket remained RAC in SL class whereas there are seats vacant in 3A & 2A.

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I don't think so. My confirmed tickets have been upgraded.

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