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Blog Posts by Soumitra Chawathe*^~
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Jun 09 2017 (12:05)   MAO/Madgaon Junction (3 PFs)

Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30227 blog posts   98197 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 2313131            Tags   Past Edits
In Goa and looking for transportation options? There are buses, however might not be suitable and can be crowded. Autos / Taxis are way too costly and not easily available. Radio Cab aggregators (Ola / Uber, etc.) are absent. So what to do? Consider Bikes on Rent, as it is one of the best, convenient and cost-effective options to get around. Here's what you will have to do:

> Alight from PF-3 side (the city side). You will get Pilots (Motorcycle taxi) / Auto rickshaws / Cabs. Go to Municipal Garden Square, around 2-3 km. Pilots take around Rs. 60/-, Autos can take around Rs. 100/-. Alternatively, if you want to go by bus, go straight onto a narrow lane after exit, which leads to Martin Dias Road (one of the arterial roads). You will get frequent buses to Municipal Council / Garden.
> There are plenty of rental guys over there, scattered all around the place who would provide you with the vehicle of your choice, subject to availability. Rates are around Rs. 300-400/- per day for Activa and upto Rs. 500/- per day for motorbikes. A few providers offer a package of 2-3 days, however a single day's package is also available.
> You need to keep your original ID card (PAN / Aadhar) as security along with security deposit of Rs. 500/- (may vary from provider to provider). Do not give your driving licence. Make the payment upfront. They make necessary entries in the register and would handover the keys of the vehicle, along with helmet.
> These vehicles on rent have a different colour scheme for number plates, i.e. yellow letters on black background; however some rentals provide normal private vehicles i.e. black letters on white background.
> Once they handover the keys, inspect the vehicle thoroughly in presence of their representative and confirm the scratches / damages already present. Bring this to the notice of the concerned person to avoid further disputes. Make sure the necessary papers of the vehicle are present in the vehicle. Note down the contact number of the person who deals with the rentals.
> Petrol quantity in the tank is barely half a litre, so drive to the nearest petrol pump and fill the requisite quantity. (There are plenty of petrol pumps in the vicinity).
> If driving within the city, helmet is not compulsory, however if you are venturing out on highways, it is a MUST, if caught by cops, the fine is Rs. 1000/-.
> In the rare event that the cops stop you and ask you regarding the vehicle, you may tell that it is on rent. They usually don't ask seeing the rental number plate colour scheme. Some providers will advise you to tell the cops that "this is my friend's bike". (In case the number plate is normal white).
> While handing over the vehicle, do remember to collect your ID card and the security deposit.
> Enjoy your ride and your stay in Goa!! :)
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Nov 11 2013 (08:59)   MMR/Manmad Junction (6 PFs)

Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30227 blog posts   98197 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 902635            Tags   Past Edits
Manmad is a major Junction Point for Kalyan / Nanded / Daund / Bhusaval, and may well be termed as a treasure house for Railfans
> It is a loco changeover point; trains from and to NED / DD / PUNE change locos from diesel to electric and vice versa here. A good location to spot various locos from different sheds of IR, popular being MLY / GY / KYN / ET / BSL / PUNE / GY

In the pit-line adjacent to PF-1, electric locos are parked. PF-1 is on the extreme left while moving from Manmad to Bhusaval.
At the outer of both ends of the station, one can see electric as well diesel locos parked freely in the pit and loop lines.
Manmad has a huge Food Corporation of India godown and also the refineries of IOCL, BPCL and HPCL. Owing to this, one can spot freights (BCNA / BTPN / BTPGLN) loaded with foodgrains and oil, hauled by WDG-3A/4 and also WAG-5/7/9 of various sheds across India.
Being a major junction, there is a considerable presence of RPFs around the station and movement of railway officers and staff. So RFs need to take extra care while photography.
There is a road overbridge before you enter MMR from BSL side, you can stand on that bridge and take aerial view without the risk of being caught. One more location is the parallel road that runs beside the tracks from PF-1 side towards BSL.

Apr 16 2017 (18:26)
Prometh Suresh~   361 blog posts   418 correct pred (58% accurate)
Re# 902635-1            Tags   Past Edits
now after the electrification of PUNE-DD route many of the passenger/express trains loco changes take place in PUNE/DD.

Apr 28 2017 (16:08)
عمران جاوید   3746 blog posts   902 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 902635-2            Tags   Past Edits
still.many trains skip manmad?

Apr 29 2017 (09:17)
Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30227 blog posts   98197 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 902635-3            Tags   Past Edits
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Apr 28 2017 (02:17)   NZM/Hazrat Nizamuddin (7 PFs) | GZB/WAP-4/22076

OM SAI RAM ਆਦਿਤਯ ਕੁਮਾਰ~   1354 blog posts   305 correct pred (59% accurate)
Entry# 2253565            Tags   Past Edits
brand new wap-4 of GZB

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Apr 28 2017 (15:22)
Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30227 blog posts   98197 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 2253565-4            Tags   Past Edits
1 compliments
might be...
Not new, might be freshly POH'ed.

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Apr 28 2017 (09:15)  

దువ్వాడ జగన్నాదమ్^~   2530 blog posts   1539 correct pred (71% accurate)
Entry# 2253761            Tags   Past Edits
Met Pallavan&Vaigai Express LP during metre gauge time.He is Ram Murthy,my grandpa.He drove YDM-4A.We talked a lot.Meeting after 3-4 yrs.

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Apr 28 2017 (15:19)
Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30227 blog posts   98197 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 2253761-9            Tags   Past Edits
That's really nice!! Regards to your Grandpa!! :-)

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Nov 12 2013 (12:50)   KTE/Katni Junction (6 PFs)

Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30227 blog posts   98197 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 903995            Tags   Past Edits
While arriving into Katni from Jabalpur Side, there is a siding / pit-line on the left most side of PF-1. If you are lucky, you can spot some 4-5 electric locos parked one behind other in a long queue (WAM-4/WAP-4/WAG-5/7). So if your train arrives on PF-1/2 and halts for 5-10 mins., do get down for good clicks of the same.

Nov 12 2013 (16:26)
Hare Krishna~   424 blog posts   1519 correct pred (61% accurate)
Re# 903995-1            Tags   Past Edits
that siding/pit line on the left most side is PF-1. And yes there is always 4-5 electric locos are parked everytime...

Apr 07 2016 (20:24)
Few SF trains in NCR have silver spoon of PRIORITY*^~   5392 blog posts   9665 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 903995-2            Tags   Past Edits
Electric trip shed at KTE . All wap 4 are of ET Shed

Apr 07 2016 (20:58)
Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30227 blog posts   98197 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 903995-3            Tags   Past Edits
Loco parade!!

Apr 10 2017 (16:19)
Shankar Mehani   1054 blog posts   507 correct pred (62% accurate)
Re# 903995-4            Tags   Past Edits
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