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Today (8:29AM)   The experience of a train journey        

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It was on a bright summer’s day in 1982 that I boarded the ‘KK’ Express bound for Delhi at the Trivandrum Central railway station, on my way back to Vijayawada after a short sojourn at home. The train was flagged off on time and I settled down comfortably with a...
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book. I shared the air-conditioned second class cubicle with a couple and their two children who were quite friendly. They attempted to make small conversation with me though I tried to keep to myself and my book. The Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) came around and checked the tickets.
Just after the train left the next major station, Quilon, I went to the toilet to change into more comfortable dress for the long journey ahead. However, during the process I watched in horror my wallet falling through the toilet outlet.
In panic, since all my money and the train ticket were inside the wallet, I pulled the emergency chain inside the toilet. The chain just came off in my hand. I came out and pulled the first chain that I saw. This time the train screeched to a halt, after maybe 500 more metres.
Many questions
I faced a barrage of questions from other passengers and officials who jumped out of the stationary train along with me. Of course, there was no chance of recovering my wallet, for the train had travelled at least 2 km from the point of the mishap. So everyone got back in the train and the journey resumed.
My co-passengers expressed their sympathies and consoled me. The TTE, a stern, no-nonsense person, came over to find out about the incident and asked me for the ticket again. I informed him it had been lost along with my wallet. He asked me to take a new ticket since I cannot travel without a valid ticket. I explained to him that all my money also went down with the wallet and I was left with just a 50-paisa coin. He was not willing to listen to my pleas and asked me to get down at the next station.
However, after some time he came back and asked me to meet the Train Superintendent who was in the last bogey and get his permission to travel.
I walked through numerous bogies jostling with crowds and virtually fighting my way through at times to reach the officer and tried to explain the situation to him. But he flatly refused to give any such permission and said the TTE had no business even to send me to him. Dejected, I found my way back to the TTE and explained my predicament.
Finally, he agreed to allow me to travel up to Palghat where he would be handing over charge to another TTE, and it was up to the new TTE to allow me to travel ahead.
To my pleasant surprise, he offered me Rs. 20, to see me through the journey. In fact, he was apologetic about not being able to give me more money. He insisted on my taking the money, saying I could return it after reaching home.
At Palghat, I waited anxiously for the new TTE, concerned that he would evict me. He came, not to evict me but to assure me that he would allow me to travel up to Vijayawada since the previous TTE had explained to him my situation and requested him to take care of me.
Still to go
The rest of the journey was uneventful. When the train rolled into the Vijayawada station, I still had about Rs.10 left in my pocket, since my co-passengers had ensured that I did not go hungry by sharing the food they were carrying.
I was humbled beyond words at the Vijayawada station when the TTE took me personally to the Stationmaster and requested him to allow me to pass through the gate, explaining the circumstances.
This was an experience I cherish, which not just changed my opinion of TTEs but also rekindled my belief in humanity and the confidence in providence.

  
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Great TTE.Now,if one is faced with such a predicament like no ticket,Money ,no cell phone,how to deal with it?
Is it sufficient to keep a copy of ticket printout and ID in your baggage/Briefcase etc?

  
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Yes it should be good enough sir..
  
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Jun 28 (5:35PM)   Chennai Metro to be Launched by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa        

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CHENNAI: The much-awaited Chennai Metro Rail is set to be launched tomorrow by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The overhead stretch that will be inaugurated on Monday, part of the first phase of the network, will Alandur in the southern Chennai with Koyambedu, the hub that connects to the northern...
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parts.
The 10 km stretch, which Ms Jayalalithaa would inaugurate through video conferencing, would be covered in 18 minutes. The line is likely to be extended to connect to the airport, further south. Once completed, the Rs 14,600 crore project would span 45 km and connect 32 stations.
The cars to the used by Chennai Metro have been manufactured by Alstom, and would have four coaches that can carry 1276 passengers, with seating for 144. Space has also been earmarked in the cars for four wheelchairs. As a first of its kind, the Chennai Metro will feature an overhead luggage carrying rack.
With related facilities like parking lots yet to be completed at the stations, commuters would not be able to drive up to the station.
The Chennai Metro Rail project was approved during the previous DMK regime. There have been allegations that, although ready earlier, the ruling AIADMK did not want to inaugurate the project when AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa was out of power for eight months, till the Karnataka High Court acquitted her from the disproportionate assets case.

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தமது நல்வழ்துக்களுக்கு மிக்க நன்றி,rdb அவர்களே:)

  
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translation p,lz

  
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Thanks for your good wishes,rdb..
  
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Jun 26 (11:02PM)   12244/Coimbatore - Chennai Central Shatabdi Express        

KJM WDP4D 40228**   4249 blog posts   479 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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CBE Shatabdi powered by RPM's 25xxx series WAP 4.

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Saurav,nice shots there. I remember some coaches of Mysore Shatabdi were transferred to this train.Am I right?

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Yes sir. You are absolutely right.. all coaches belongs to MYS Shatabdi. Instead of augmenting the coaches for MYS Shatabdi , SR made CBE Shatabdi as LHB with few spare coaches
  
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12906/Howrah-Porbandar SF Express (PT)
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PNR: 614-xxxxxxx (PRS)   |   Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 149   |   Similar PNRs
HWH/Howrah Junction   to   RJT/Rajkot Junction   |   2335 km / 2551 km
Original Status as of: Jun 27 (5:22PM)
Passenger 1: RAC 26 (Booking Status: W/L 67,GNWL)
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614-1838774

Latest Status as of: Jun 27 (6:19PM) 
Passenger 1: SE1,39 [SL] (Booking Status: W/L 67,GNWL)
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Jun 20 (9:00PM)   DR/Dadar Central (8 PFs)        

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Proud Feel!!
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Jun 20 2015 (9:34PM)
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Sikh's Serving Food to Passenger's Yesterday Evening at Dadar Station
Always ready to serve humanity during calamities....
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Proud Feel!!

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Great service initiative by the Sikh community.
Thanks Rajkiran for sharing the snaps.

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6) W H SMITH SHOP ( WHEELERS of UK )

Jun 23 2015 (9:36PM)
6) W H SMITH SHOP ( WHEELERS of UK )

Jun 23 2015 (9:33PM)
1) The GRAND Liverpool LS station building
2) Station entrance
3, 4 & 5) Trains of different operators
6) W H SMITH SHOP ( WHEELERS of UK )
LIVERPOOL LIME STREET Railway Station ( U K )
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Liverpool Railway Station received FIRST Passenger Train( on our Planet ) from Manchester in 1830...
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Liverpool has all important SEA-PORT connecting England to USA via North Sea/ Atlantic Ocean...
The Famous Cruise ship TITANIC made its first ( & Unfortunately the last ) voyage from Liverpool Port....
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1) The GRAND Liverpool LS station building
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3, 4 & 5) Trains of different operators
6) W H SMITH SHOP ( WHEELERS of UK )

  
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Nice snaps..thanks for the info about LION loco and related pics.
Lime street station looks imposing

  
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SkMangla**   1169 blog posts   46546 correct pred (96% accurate)  
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These are some snaps from erstwhile Liverpool Overhead Railway....
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Great.Very nicely conserved station and coach

  
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People have fascination for railways in UK....
The authorities have preserved old Steam Engines in large numbers in many Museums located all over UK.
Moreover Railway is extensively used by Britishers for METRO/Local/Inland travels....

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Jun 24 (8:31PM)   56516/Hubli - Bangalore City Passenger (UnReserved) | AMSA/Ammasandra (1 PFs) | KJM/WDG-4/12637        

ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok **   15789 blog posts   33197 correct pred (64% accurate)  
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KJM WDG-4 12637 finishes a roller coaster side and entering lone platform at Ammasandra...

  
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Nice view.How long is this undulating portion,Ashok?

  
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ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok **   15789 blog posts   33197 correct pred (64% accurate)  
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Close to 5kms or so till next station Banasandra sir....Actually its a straight track for 5-6kms which can be seen in map too :)

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12589/Gorakhpur-Secunderabad Express
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PNR: 240-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 496   |   Similar PNRs
GKP/Gorakhpur Junction   to   SC/Secunderabad Junction   |   1824 km / 1824 km
Original Status as of: Jun 24 (4:48AM)
Passenger 1: SE1,37 [MB] (Booking Status: RAC 64,GNWL)
Passenger 2: SE1,38 [UB] (Booking Status: RAC 65,GNWL)
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Latest Status as of: Jun 24 (7:10AM)
Passenger 1: SE1,37 [MB] (Booking Status: RAC 64,GNWL)
Passenger 2: SE1,38 [UB] (Booking Status: RAC 65,GNWL)
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Two Rupees coin with IR Mascot "Bholu the Guard"
Two Rupees coin with IR Mascot "Bholu the Guard".

  
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Quite a rare coin ..cant find it on ebay
  
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Jun 22 (9:38AM)   Indian Railways to lend a step up to upper berth        

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hree small steps and one giant leap. Negotiating the upper berth on Indian Railways means that for most travellers. Finally, the Railways is ready to lend a hand.
Engineers at the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, and Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, where
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the Linke Hofman Busch (LHB) coaches are manufactured, are poring over designs and prototypes of numerous possible “ladders” to pick the one that will, hopefully, permanently ease the problem of climbing up to, or coming down from, the upper berth.
In an exercise carried out by the Railways a few months ago to get feedback from passengers on its services, the ladder design had emerged as the source of many woes. It was then included in the “to-do” list for 2015-16.
“We are trying out various designs of ladders. We have already arrived at one for AC First Class. For AC-II and III classes, work is on,” Railway Board Member (Mechanical) Hemant Kumar said.
The Railways has roped in the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, to help ensure that any engineering solution also looks good aesthetically.
Currently, the iron frame holding the three steps is fitted to the side of a rail cabin. A passenger wanting to get to the upper berth needs to do a balancing act and, when at the top, invariably grope for something to grab in order to haul himself up. Agility and practice count, which not many passengers come equipped with, the Railways has realised.
The new design will provide passengers a better foothold, as well as a handle somewhere near the upper berth.
The cost involved is said to be around Rs 20,000 per coach — which is negligible given the scale of the Railways’ operations.
Meanwhile, should you travel by AC First Class, don’t be surprised if a staircase greets you inside the coach. A few AC First Class coaches have already been fitted with this new design of ladder, and feedback is being gathered on its utility.
It’s still three steps up — but one

  
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The new ladder in First AC

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