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Dec 03 2016 (8:53PM)  

Anirudh Iyer   995 blog posts   33 correct pred (73% accurate)
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"Dei, yezhndura. Aaru Mani aayidthu. Innu rendu nimisham." Cue a loud and shrill peeeep coming from the backyard...
My training for my job brought me to Rajkot. A place that I chose for one reason. MG beasts and the King of Beasts were in close proximity. In the name of sport, many a lion has been hunted down and the Asiatic lion has been restricted in Gir
Similarly, Project Unigauge has hunted down the YDMs and their territory is now limited to Saurashtra, some places in Rajasthan and the hills of
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Nilgiris. Certainly a candidate worthy of the endangered species tag.
The first Sunday off, I wanted to explore the Gir forest. On Saturday, 3/5/16, Somnath Passenger with RTM 16830R dropped me at Junagadh for my rendezvous with the MG lines. I headed off to the dormitory for some sleep and was up by 5 to take the ticket to Veraval via Talala.
Approaching the MG rake made me feel nostalgic. I grew up to the shrill YAM1 waking me up at 6, running to see the Kamban, Cholan, Pondicherry Passenger hauled by YAM1. Visits to Perippa's house was exciting as it meant a trip by MG EMU. My final trip on MG was around 2003 in a YDM4 hauled Cholan Express from Thanjavur to Tambaram. After 13 years, it was like saying hello to an old friend. My loco was 6720 in SBI colors. The paint was faded but the old lady was not going to give up. On the adjacent loop, 6247 was waiting to haul the evening train to Khijidiya.
At 7:15, the train gave a long hoot and with a lot of belching of smoke and growling, we were off to spot some Lions. The train steadily made its way, stopping at stations to pick up passengers who were heading home to celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi and some to earn their daily bread.
The mountains on one side, the fields on the other and the swaying of the coaches with a thatak thatak was a feast for the eyes and ears. At one point, I opened the washroom door and immediately, the scene from Anniyan where Ambi opens the toilet door and creates a scene flew into my mind. Fortunately,the toilets were well maintained and nor did I have a pretty Iyengar/Iyer girl travelling with me to put some scene!!
At Visavadhar, we were waiting for some time for the Khijidiya Junagadh Passenger to arrive. A NR BOXN was giving us company and the passenger pulled in 5 Minutes late with another SBI 6565. The passengers hurriedly shifted to our train and 6565 was detached for a reversal. We got the go ahead and the next stretch was the majestic Gir.
The little beast slowly prodded it's way in the land of the Lions. We crossed the many watering holes and some of the animals spotted were Chinkara, deer, peacocks and Langur. Unfortunately, the Lions were nowhere to be seen. After the Gir, we reached Talala Jn. The Jetalsar Passenger was with 6394. A NFR BOXN was rotting away. I went to platform 1 where the Veraval Passenger was waiting and Talala was bustling with activity.
The khalasi came with the token and we were off. The little one with 6692 at its helm put a great show of smoking, speed and sound. The smoke emitted out would have surely had the green activists up in arms. I reached VRL by 11:35, a lovely and lonely 6302 was standing and a MG inspection car was seen. After Somnath darshan, the VRL RJT Passenger with the Saurashtra Mail slip with RTM 14072 dropped me at Bhakti Nagar to cap off a great trip.

  
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Dec 03 2016 (11:09PM)
Wanna sport a Baggy Green~   1821 blog posts   72 correct pred (62% accurate)
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Woahh this proves why Gujarat is the no. 1 industrialized state in India. What job brings you here sir? Awesome narration as well.

  
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Dec 04 2016 (7:43AM)
Anirudh Iyer   995 blog posts   33 correct pred (73% accurate)
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I was undergoing training for Territory Manager for Force Motors
  
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Nov 14 2016 (7:50AM)  

Anirudh Iyer   995 blog posts   33 correct pred (73% accurate)
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The sun shines off the LHB rake of SC VSKP AC Express
  
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Nov 10 2016 (11:41AM)   GNT/Guntur Junction (7 PFs)

Anirudh Iyer   995 blog posts   33 correct pred (73% accurate)
Entry# 2054675            Tags   Past Edits
Some pics from Guntur.
1. BZA WDP 1 with Macherla Passenger
2. KJM WDP 4D 40279 with Thiruvananthapuram bound Sabari Express
3. Simhadri Express arrives at Guntur
4. LGD WAP 4 getting primed up
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to haul the Sabari Express to Thiruvananthapuram
5. LGD WAG 7
6. Another WDP 1 BZA leaves with Narasapur Passengers
  
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Nov 08 2016 (4:17PM)  

Anirudh Iyer   995 blog posts   33 correct pred (73% accurate)
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Fresh Crops in the Krishna basin. Chillies and paddy near Guntur.
  
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Oct 23 2016 (7:49PM)   MIPM/Marripalem (2 PFs)
 

Anirudh Iyer   995 blog posts   33 correct pred (73% accurate)
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The elusive beast VSKP WAG6A & Bp

  
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Oct 23 2016 (9:35PM)
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That's an extremely rare catch...
Kindly tag the Loco and Location
  
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Sep 08 2016 (8:34PM)   52952/Junagadh Delvada MG Passenger (UnReserved)
 

Anirudh Iyer   995 blog posts   33 correct pred (73% accurate)
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A MG BOXN Wagon at Visavadhar Jn.
  
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Sep 05 2016 (6:14AM)  
 

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A preview of the MG trip from Junagadh to Veraval. Will post the other pics later
TRIP HAS ENDED.
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Sep 01 2016 (11:35AM)
Anirudh Iyer   995 blog posts   33 correct pred (73% accurate)
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Actually the PM is done in day time at ASK. Not MYS. The night queen goes to ASK from MYS in the morning and returns in the evening

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Aug 29 2016 (8:46AM)   22693/KSR Bengaluru City - Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express
 

Anirudh Iyer   995 blog posts   33 correct pred (73% accurate)
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As the world sleeps, India shall awake to freedom..
These were the famous words spoke by Pandit Nehru in Red Fort on 15th August 1947. A day when two nations were born and a trains shuttled from one nation to another carrying people, memories, pain and joy. As India celebrated yet another Independence Day, I too was to make a train journey on this great day. Only, my journey would be from one state to another. Another state that was divided into two not so long ago.
On 15th August, I made
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my maiden trip on the Rajdhani Express. 22693 B1 17 was the berth allotted to me by the deity whom we worship for a lower berth, a trackside window at that. The PRS god was kind to ensure a lower berth while the god who watches us from above ensured it was a trackside one too. Yet, I was to savour the joy for a mere 11 hours after which some lucky soul would be entitled to it.
Anyway, the journey from my home KGI to SBC by 16535 Gol Gumbaz Express took a longish 45 minutes as the loco of the Mayiladuthurai Express that had gone ahead of us had failed near SBC home. My parents, brother and I reached SBC Pf 10 by 7:35pm. The Rajdhani rake was shunted in at the same time. I had time to put my luggage, say goodbye and settle in my seat comfortably. .
At 8pm, the Primo Supremo left with an almighty jerk which was courtesy the lovely LHB rake. We crossed YPR through Platform 2 and the SUR SF was on the adjoining platform, warming up to run to Sholapur.
Water bottle was given promptly and soup with pepper and bread sticks was served. It was pretty good and second helping was offered too. The dinner course was Chapati, Mixed vegetables curry, steamed rice, dal, soan papdi sweet. Curd was not served as it was not loaded.
Then it was time to hit the beds and have some sleep lest I fall asleep at work. The next thing I knew, at 6:30, we were blasting past LPI. The Supremo was close to an hour ahead of schedule. And that was good and bad. Good as a railfan,bad as a member of the community that religiously attends work from Monday to Saturday. It meant I would reach the hotel early and report at 9 instead of 10.
Again, I put faith in the controller and invoked him with just the amount of faith I used to put in God before the results would be announced. He did not betray me and beautifully trolled the Supremo till SC where we were admitted at 7:20 on Platform 10 which is reserved for the king alone.
And then, it was hotel ho, to go to work and earn my money which shall enable me to do many more trips on trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and maybe Gatimaan one day.

  
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Aug 31 2016 (10:06PM)
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Brilliant piece of narration. Advance welcome to the 1000 posts bloggers club.
  
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Aug 24 2016 (7:48AM)  
 

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Motibagh Nagpur Loco spotted at Secunderabad last Thursday
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