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Jul 18 (7:38PM)   18047/Amaravati Express (PT) | DDS/Dudh Sagar (1 PFs)        

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TRIP REPORT
TO THE WESTERN GHATS THIS TIME..
PART-1
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The cold breeze was making it very difficult to sleep in peace, I had to get off wobbling away to find something warm. It was the 04th of july 2015, I was onboard the 18047 Amaravati Express enroute to Goa from Vijayawada, by the time I woke up the next morning, the train and me were both at Gadag Junction in karnataka, late by 02 hours and crawled our way into Hubli Junction in an hour.
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change in the landscape, the semi-arid deccan plateau transits to a greener and considerably wetter terrain and that’s when you know that you are approaching the western ghats (Or the Sahyadris if you prefer to call them that as called in Maharashtra). My destination for the day was the Kulem, a goan village after Dudhsagar Waterfalls in Goa to board a train back to Bengaluru. The Western ghats together, from Maharashtra to Kerala through Goa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu form one of the most diverse biodiversity hotspots in the world. Owing to the elevation and continuity of the western ghats range, they block much of the south west monsoon from quickly spreading across the rest of the deccan plateau and as a result are wet most of the time with average rainfall much higher than the rest of the country, except perhaps the north eastern States.
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Needless to say, the difficulty in terrain has always made connectivity to the west coast difficult from the rest of the country. The four major crossings of the Western Ghats by rail are the Bhor and Thull Ghats near Kasara and Khandala in Maharashtra, Braganza ghats near Castle rock in Goa and Shiradi ghats between Sakleshpur and Subhramanya road in Karnataka. The Ghats are very steep for trains to operate with the usual locomotives and evidently require Bankers or breakers (Additional Locomotives at the front or rear of the train consist) to ascend/descend. This might appear interesting only to rail entusiasts or technically inclined people in general but there is something in these ghats which immediately captivates everyone, the melancholy and sheer beauty, perhaps nature at its purest and best.
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Dudhsagar waterfalls, my first pit stop happens to be in the Braganza ghats of Goa, about 12 kms off the Karnataka State border on one of the railway ghat sections mentioned earlier, the ghat begins at Castlerock railway station in Karnataka (the last station in KA) and traverses through Caranzol, Dudhsagar and Sonalium Stations to end at Kulem station in Goa, descending 510 mts in a distance of 26 kms. The waterfalls, a beautiful four tired falls on the mandovi river, in itself is seasonal and is usually at its full glory between August-October.
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The train I was in, amaravathi express, crossed alnavar junction while I was lost in my own thoughts standing at the door, and started turning and twisting its way to Castle rock through the Anshi-Dandeli Tiger reserve. Apart from the train itself, everything else begins to appear green from this point, lush semi-evergreen forest engulfs you from everywhere around, transporting you into a world apart amidst which arrives Castle rock. Castle rock is a station with no apparent reason for existence, this is where breakers are attached for trains going downhill and detached for trains just having climbed uphill.
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Three locomotives (WDG-4 from UBL Shed) were attached at the front, ahead of the existing twin GY WDG-3G’s which hauled my train from Guntur and we slowly began going downhill with a Maximum permissible speed of 30KMPH. The Speed was absolutely no reason to complain though, right after castlerock begins the spectacle of breathtaking views and jaw dropping moments traversing through tunnels amidst nearly incessant rain which keeps you hooked to the windows. The first station in this stretch is Caranzol (trains going downhill in this ghat section either freight or passenger are mandated to stop at all the three stations between Castle rock and Kulem for a brake test) after which the skies were literally pouring down all the way till dudhsagar.
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Final part and pictures to follow..

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I was scared too as I read was you reading your blog
Absolutely marvellous
I was scared too as I was reading your blog. Superb and adventurous , thumps up.

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Jul 11 2015 (12:43PM)
The services run at 2-5 minutes interval interval, depending upon the daytime requirement


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Jul 11 2015 (12:41PM)
The services run at 2-5 minutes frequency interval depending upon the daytime requirement

BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ( RAILWAY STATION, UK )
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Birmingham international Railway station connects UK rail network to Birmingham International Airport....
There is an approx 600 meter long Air-Rail link ( Also known as SKYRAIL ) that connects Airport To Railway station. The services run at 2-5 minutes interval, depending upon the daytime requirement.Its free for all commuters...
As I Boarded my Birmingham - IGI Delhi Flt , I concluded my tour of GREATT BRITAIN ( with lifetime mesmerizing memories )....
#UKtrains

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Welcome back home sir. Have a nice flight.

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Thanks Tiwari jee, Sare jahan se Accha...pyara desh hamara.

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Jul 09 (10:12PM)   22646/Ahilya Nagari Express (PT) | ED/Erode Junction (4 PFs)        

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An amusing announcement that I heard over the public address system at Erode Station at about 5.30 pm on Saturday the 4th of July :
" 22646 Ahilyanagari Express from Trivandrum Central to Indore is today RUNNING CANCELLED. Inconvenience caused is regretted ". LOL :)

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Where is (Sexpear) Shakespeare
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Jul 11 2015 (2:56PM)
Where is (Sexpear) Shakespeare ? LOL
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Totally running canceled. Where is Shakespeare.. ? LOL

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Jul 07 (6:42PM)   66532/Bangalore - Marikuppam MEMU | BYPL/Baiyyappanahalli (2 PFs) | UBL/WDG-4/12105        

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UBL WDG-4 Twins entering BYPL & crossing our Bangalore - Marikuppam MEMU.
Locos: #12105 and #12052

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THE CASE OF THE PASSENGER ON THE PLATFORM
" On 4 March 2007, Durai Somanathan bought tickets at Dindigul Station in Tamilnadu for a 200-km trip to Kumbakonam with his wife Elambal and daughter Bhanumathi. The family boarded a train and began settling in, but at departure time they got a shock - they were on the wrong train!
Durai managed to alight, but as the train accelerated out of the station, his wife and daughter could not. Durai ran alongside the train, shouting for his wife and daughter to get off. Just then the middle-aged man collapsed and died. The post-mortem revealed cardiac arrest and identified the death as from " natural causes ".
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the Railway Claims Tribunal for a modest '4 lakh. On 21 July 2009, the Tribunal dismissed the claim, maintaining that although Durai Somanathan was a bona fide passenger, his case did not fall into the " untoward incident " provision under Section 123 of the Railway Act, which would have made Southern Railway liable to pay compensation. The Somanathans then moved the High Court.
Was the Railway Claims Tribunal right in dismissing the case? Would Southern Railways be held liable for Somanathan's death? YOU BE THE JUDGE.

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Dear Sir
Very unfortunate incident. Legitimate and good questions raised. Some questions have no worded answers but a feeling of victim who would have been speechless.
I think all these question can be set aside if every passanger gets default insurance as soon as they step on the platform with valid ticket. Railway should work in this regard and inform general public to make a choice..

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Jul 07 (1:06PM)   02652/Pollachi - Palani Express Special (UnReserved) | POY/Pollachi Junction (3 PFs)        

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Jul 07 2015 (1:11PM)
The laboured run of the loco nearing superannuation was like the effort on of a PKV to participate in a marathon
As yet another train journey, it was really nothing to post leave alone boast about. But as an RF experience the 40-min ride on the 02652 Pollachi - Palani Exp Special train from Pollachi to Udumalpet was indeed memorable for more reasons than just one. The awesome scenery en route, the undulating landscape, the gradients and curvature of the track, the spectacle of wayside onlookers gazing intently at the passing train, the soaring windmills that stood tall amidst the surrounding paddy fields and coconut tress, the constant smoking of a GOC made WDM --------- which huffed and puffed while making heavy weather of hauling the 18-coacher rake of the Palani - Chennai overnight SF Express all combined to ensure that the journey was an unforgettable event. The laboured run of the loco nearing superannuation was like the effort of a PKV to participate in a marathon. A chat with the...
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LP revealed that although the section was cleared for an MPS of 70 kmph, the veteran loco rarely surpassed 45 kmph in view of the terrain and the massive load assigned to it.
But to begin at the beginning the train ride was preceded by a car drive from Coimbatore to Pollachi RS where the car was parked. The next mode of transport was the train to Udumalpet wherefrom, after a welcome round of tea & snacks, we boarded a bus to go back to Pollachi bus stand. From there to the railway station we had to resort to our 4th mode of transport for the day in the form of an autorickshaw. After all these efforts we were back at Pollachi Rly Station at 6.45 pm after having left Coimbatore at 3.15 pm, covering in this duration a distance of about 100 kms.
Of course the crowning point of the RF mission was that I had the good fortune of accompanying two avid railfans and peerless friends from IRI viz. Nazeer Alibaba and Pramodh Kommattil. Now over to them for the visuals as well as further narrations.

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Fantastic sir
Old is gold saying is always justified. :-)
No match to your writing skills sir.
Thanks for the lovey travelogue.
Ganesh

  
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Thanks a lot Ganesh. It's encouragement from well-wishers like you that eggs me on, even if my appearances in IRI are rather sporadic of late.

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Her Highness Jayalalitha flags of Namma Metro.
Kudos to her and congrats for all namma chennaites

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Jun 29 2015 (10:01PM)
" I wished wish we had mobile phone those days for taking pics:-)


Jun 29 2015 (10:00PM)
Yours truly experienced first ride 2 days after infuriation inauguration


Jun 29 2015 (9:59PM)
" I wished we should had mobile phone those days for taking pics:-)
Aai Aai Aai..... Chennai Express
Congrats for the metro. Kolkata Metro "Old is Gold - serving since 1984. Yours truly experienced first ride 2 days after inauguration." I wish we had mobile phone those days for taking pics:-).

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Regret/No Room in SL class, TTE demands a kings ransom for travel in 3A class. And you have to make that sudden journey ?
This is what you do, you improvise and find "whatever" space you get in unreserved coach. I quickly made space on those narrow racks meant for keeping luggage overhead (taking advantage of my in-shape body )

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This is ok and do not surprise for this class. 99% travellers in this class perhaps don't bother cleanliness or discipline of any sort in personnel life too. This is my opinion. I could be harsh in assessment.

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hmmmm,
may be because this "class" rarely has the luxury of choosing "cleanliness" as an option in everyday life. they are badly stretched in meeting the ends of day to day life that issues such as "discipline in personal life" gets buried in under scores of challenges that life keeps throwing their way

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Jun 23 2015 (11:44AM)   12419/Gomti Express        

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Jun 23 2015 (11:52AM)
I've travelled quite a few times in General coaches too, but this was worst than that being in reserved compartment
This was the condition of a reserved coach
TT never came! I could have done this journey without any ticket

Jun 23 2015 (11:45AM)
I came all the way standing from Kanpur to Lucknow New Delhi
I boarded this train thinking that it is a super fast from Lucknow to Delhi. I could not get a confirmed ticket. So I bought a general class ticket and hopped on the train thinking that I can get a seat once I board by paying the difference amount. I got in the train at Lucknow. The train was pretty empty till Kanpur. I got a seat till Kanpur. The ticket checker never showed up till this point.( ticket checker was never there on board as I never saw him till the train reached Delhi) At Kanpur, the train got so full that there was no space to even sit on the floor or stand comfortably. There were more people with unreserved ticket than there were with reserved tickets. Initially I thought I would be in minority as I don't have reserved ticket. But I was proved wrong. Expecting...
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the crowd in the train to stay for nearby station as they looked mostly locals I was standing For sometime. It happened so that the crowd remained the same even after the following stations. There were times where people getting on the train were more than the ones getting off it. I wonder what would have been the condition of General class if reserved class was like this. There was literally no space to move around.
I came all the way standing from Kanpur to New Delhi. There was no space to even sit on the floor of the train. It was like travelling in inhuman conditions. There were old people suffering, there were people sitting in the toilet. On top of this the train got delayed by two hours.
In the summer with UP burning this was the worst train journey ever. The surprising this is, not just my coach, but the whole train had people 2-3 times exceeding the capacity of the train.
DO NOT TAKE THIS TRAIN IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING WITHOUT A TICKET. YOU WILL NEVER GET A SEAt.
Maybe booking AC CHair car is the only option if one wants to travel peacefully. I mostly travel in sleeper, and make a point of not booking AC until there is no other option, this train ride has been a nightmare. I've travelled quite a few times in General coaches too, but this was worst than that. This was the condition of a reserved coach. TT never came! I could have done this journey without any ticket.

  
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Kanpuira Bhabi Ji log is train Ko apani ghar Ki Maruti Van Samajhte hain:-)
Maine to is train Se char koss duuur bhagta hun.

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Jun 17 2015 (5:36PM)
He then went on to then state in Tamil that 2 of the water tankers, quite of a few which were parked in the open area adjoining the slum, were missing and feared to have been stolen
It was a probably a mixture of both :)

Jun 17 2015 (4:46PM)
Little wonder that I decided to go closer to the track, a little ahead of my complex, for a closer better look, which ultimately proved to be too close for my comfort and ended as up with a narrow escape from danger
Fortunately I could not understand a word of what they were trying to achieve or the meaning of the abuses
AN ATTEMPTED RAILFANNING THAT WENT HORRIBLY ASTRAY
The Bangalore - Mumbai railway line goes alongside my apartment complex at Hoysalanagar just past the nondescript Chennasandra Stn. I get an elevated view of the track from my flat but not good enough to satiate my desires as a railfan. Little wonder that I decided to go closer to the track, a little ahead of my complex, for a better look, which ultimately proved to be too close for my comfort and ended up with a narrow escape from danger.
It was around 7.30 last evening and I tried to find a way to get as near as possible to the railway track in order to have a glimpse of the majestic NDLS-bound Karnataka Express. To reach the vantage point I had to negotiate
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on foot a kuccha road leading from the 4th or 5th Main of T.C.Palya Main Road, Ramamurthy Nagar to a mound overlooking the rail line. Between the road and the track was a slum which I had to cross to reach my destination.
Just as I crossed the narrow path that led to the slum, I was in for a rude shock. I was accosted by 3 young toughs one of whom placed his hand on my shoulder in a vice-like grip and another caught hold of my left hand. The third fella was facing me and launched a torrent of abuse in Kannada. Suddenly he snatched my mobile which was in my right hand. After I could recover from the initial shock, I asked in Hindi " Yeh, kya ho raha hai ? ". My question was greeted with another barrage of abuse. Fortunately I could not understand what they were trying to achieve or the meaning of the abuses. After some time I gently said " Kannada gothilla ", the only 2 words I know in the local language. The abusive one in the group asked me what language I knew and I said English and Tamil. He then went on to state in Tamil that 2 of the water tankers, quite of a few which were parked in the open area adjoining the slum, were missing and feared to have been stolen. And that I was considered a PRIME SUSPECT, having been caught loitering near the parking lot. They said that I would not be allowed to leave the place till the police arrived and took me into custody. And only then would my mobile be handed over to me. They asked me what was my purpose in entering that area. My attempts to explain to them that I was trying to approach the track for the purpose of railfanning (Well I didn't use that word) cut no ice. In fact it only made matters worse and one of them asked in Tamil, WHAT WAS THE NEED TO COME ALL THE WAY THERE JUST TO SEE A TRAIN GO BY. However, with the passage of time and the lack of much reaction/response from my side, better sense prevailed among the group which had then increased to about 10 members.
By now , I felt mildly amused and realized that it was a case of mistaken identity. 7 or 8 minutes had passed by then and I started telling them in Tamil, that I felt sorry for their loss but was in no way responsible for what had happened. I asked them to accompany me to my flat where the security personnel would confirm my identity as a retired Bank Officer. They then asked me details about where I lived and finally after 10 mns let me go free with a strict warning not to come anywhere near their slum, whether for railfanning or otherwise.
At the end of the episode I am not too sure whether I was more relieved or amused. It was a probably a mixture of both :)

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Thank god sir you are safe and fine.
Take care in this weird world

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