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Jun 06 2014 (3:31PM)   22207/Chennai Central - Thiruvananthapuram Central AC SF Express        
 

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My brother and I had the opportunity to travel between Chennai an Ernakulam in both 22207 and 22208. How was the train and the journey? LOVED IT!
Seriously expectations were low. Old ICF rake and terrible food were the expectation. Only reason I booked this train was because all other trains were full. I wanted to experience the non stop run till ED and possibly some over takes.
22207 – we were assigned a LB and MB mid coach in B8. B8 was right next to the loco after the EOG.
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The EOG next to our coach was switched on. One look at the coach which was a 95 made (IIRC) and was in Duronto Livery. The exteriors were pathetic. Well , that was expected. When we entered the coach, we were pleasently surprised. Very clean and extermely well maintained. That was unexpected. We deposited our bags in the berth and went out to wait for departure. Loco was ED 22224.
Departed on time, had a parrellel action with Chennai Gudur Passenger till BBQ home where he was stopped and we continued on our way to ERS. AJJ was skipped. But at KPD, we were looped to PF1 and ground to a halt. Caution order was handed over and we left. Rest I don’t even remember, except when we skipped Salem.
Food – guys it was awesome. Awesome is an understatement. As soon as we were in, we got one water bottle. Then masala ground nuts, milk sweet, somasa and ketchup. They were from Ganga Sweets. Hot water was provided and we can make either tea or coffee was per our wish with the tea / coffee bags and diary whitener and packed sugar.
For dinner, veg soup was served. I don’t remember having tasted a better veg soup any where. Excellent taste. Then the main course. Veg pulav, chappatti, chicken curry, dhal and packed curd. Amul vanilla ice cream for dessert.
May be it was because of the low expectations. But the food turned out to be extremely tasty. Down side, very low quantity. Im a light eater and still it wasn’t enough for me  but I was content.
It so happened that two passengers did not turn up in my bay. So there were just four of us and the berths work like in 2nd AC – where you lower the back rest to make the lower berth and pull down the middle berth from top. It did feel like 2AC, except that the curtains were missing. Toilets were very clean through out the run. Probably cause the train has no stops and they were no intermediate passengers boarding. Crew change at ED was completed with in five mins. I remember halting at Palakkad in the sleep. Reached Ernakulam 30 mins late. And yes, half my coach emptied itself out at Ernakulam.
22208 – will give an update as I find time.

  
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Jun 06 2014 (3:37PM)        
க்ரிஷ் క్రిష్ ಕೃಷ್ കൃഷ് कृष   481 blog posts
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Good narration ! Hope all special tagged Indian trains are maintaining the same decorum :)

  
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Jun 06 2014 (3:47PM)        
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Jun 06 2014 (3:48PM)
Enjoyed it & is a really refreshing sight to see you enjoyed the Journey Pleasant in contrary to your expectations
Simple & Crisp Narration...Enjoyed it & is a really refreshing sight to see the Journey Pleasant in contrary to your expectations.

  
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Jun 06 2014 (4:11PM)        
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i hv noticed that the old ICF coaches which look pathetic from outside are very nicely maintained from inside... as u said it was pleasant... noticed this in Pune - NZM duronto, Bhuj - Bandra AC SF trains..
Though i know coach maintenance is in hands of Divisions... but stl an overall thought...!!!
  
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Sep 10 2012 (5:54PM)   22613/Sangrami SF Weekly Express        
 

antonygijopaiva   33 blog posts   15 correct pred (93% accurate)
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Train has CBC rakes owned by SR
  
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Aug 08 2012 (8:57PM)   12611/Chennai Central - Hazrat Nizamuddin Garib Rath Express        
 

antonygijopaiva   33 blog posts   15 correct pred (93% accurate)
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Hi. Sorry if this question was asked before. Does this train hit 130 kmph on its run, especially between Chennai and Agra? I would be traveling in this train in October and will be my first journey in a full ac train - so I''m naturally excited. Many thanks

  
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Aug 22 2012 (1:58PM)        
krishnavarma_ame   57 blog posts   29 correct pred (60% accurate)
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yes it will touch in most of the places

  
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Aug 22 2012 (2:06PM)        
Hercule Poirot*   6401 blog posts   144 correct pred (71% accurate)
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yes it will touch those speeds..

  
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Aug 27 2012 (6:42PM)        
मातरं वन्दे*^~   25233 blog posts   133 correct pred (65% accurate)
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don,t go through this train its service is very bad
  
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Jul 06 2012 (10:27PM)   16859/Chennai Egmore-Mangaluru Central Express        
 

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this train halts at Mambalam
  
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rac: 5
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Journey: Tue Aug 14, 2012 @ 20:20
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 281
Travel: MAS/Chennai Central   to   TLY/Thalassery   |   736 km / 888 km
12601/Chennai Central - Mangaluru Central SuperFast Mail
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Posted by: antonygijopaiva   33 blog posts   15 correct pred (93% accurate)
PNR: 455-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Jun 16 2012 (8:45PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 58 (Booking Status: W/L 71,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 59 (Booking Status: W/L 72,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 60 (Booking Status: W/L 73,GNWL)
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Latest Status as of: Aug 14 2012 (4:34PM)
Passenger 1: S4,10 (Booking Status: W/L 71,GNWL)
Passenger 2: S4,13 (Booking Status: W/L 72,GNWL)
Passenger 3: S4,26 (Booking Status: W/L 73,GNWL)
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Predictions: 7
confirm: 1
rac: 6
wl: 0
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Journey: Fri May 11, 2012 @ 18:53
Class: AC 3-tier - 3A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 137
Travel: TCR/Thrissur (Trichur)   to   MAS/Chennai Central   |   625 km / 756 km
22640/Alappuzha-Chennai SF Express
Entry# 420702
 

Posted by: antonygijopaiva   33 blog posts   15 correct pred (93% accurate)
PNR: 424-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: May 09 2012 (8:36PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 13 (Booking Status: W/L 52,GNWL)
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Latest Status as of: May 10 2012 (6:06PM)
Passenger 1: Can/Mod (Booking Status: W/L 52,GNWL)
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Predictions: 10
confirm: 2
rac: 0
wl: 8
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Journey: Wed May 09, 2012 @ 20:45
Class: AC 3-tier - 3A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 40
Travel: MAS/Chennai Central   to   ERN/Ernakulam Town (North)   |   696 km / 756 km
22639/Chennai-Alappuzha SF Express (PT)
Entry# 420496
 

Posted by: antonygijopaiva   33 blog posts   15 correct pred (93% accurate)
PNR: 424-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: May 09 2012 (5:15PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 11 (Booking Status: W/L 17,CK)
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Latest Status as of: May 10 2012 (12:32AM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 10 (Booking Status: W/L 17,CK)
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Predictions: 23
confirm: 3
rac: 0
wl: 20
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Journey: Thu Apr 26, 2012 @ 19:45
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 65
Travel: MAS/Chennai Central   to   ERN/Ernakulam Town (North)   |   696 km / 917 km
12623/Chennai Thiruvananthapuram Super Fast Mail
Entry# 405918
 

Posted by: antonygijopaiva   33 blog posts   15 correct pred (93% accurate)
PNR: 444-xxxxxxx (PRS)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Apr 24 2012 (10:53AM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 99 (Booking Status: W/L 143,PQWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 100 (Booking Status: W/L 144,PQWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 101 (Booking Status: W/L 145,PQWL)
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Latest Status as of: Apr 26 2012 (5:33PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 38 (Booking Status: W/L 143,PQWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 39 (Booking Status: W/L 144,PQWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 40 (Booking Status: W/L 145,PQWL)
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Mar 28 2012 (4:02PM)   22647/Korba - Thiruvananthapuram Central SF Express (PT)        
 

antonygijopaiva   33 blog posts   15 correct pred (93% accurate)
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This train does not share rakes with 12697/98. The idle rakes of 16333/34 go out as 12697/98.
  
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Mar 27 2012 (5:44PM)   57239/Chennai Central - Gudur Passenger (UnReserved)        
 

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Hi. Took this train till Arambakkam(a very nice station to railfan) on 24-Mar-2012 on a railfanning trip. The coaches were very clean and the power was ET WAM4. But a very slow train (never take it if you are in a hurry). A goods was sent ahead of us before Korukkupet. Reached Tiruvottiyur 30-40 mins late and got overtaken by 12578 Bagmati SF Weekly Express. At Minjur got overtaken by 12603 MAS HYD Exp. We had to wait here for a Gummidipundi EMU to overtake us (the ultimate insult).
Overall a very clean and neat train. Wasn't crowded and had a very relaxed run.
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