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Feb 23 2017 (10:34)   56136/Mettupalayam-Ooty MG Passenger | MTP/Mettupalayam (3 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Prologue :
If you know your adversary and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not your adversary, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither your adversary nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle – A slightly modified Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
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to December 2015 : No idea about whom we were trying to conquer. We underestimated our opponent and over confident of our abilities. We had the will but we couldn’t find the way. We planned a lot and fell short. Nevertheless, we did not give up. We learnt from our mistakes, we respected our opponent, we understood our limitations, we figured out how to mitigate our weaknesses and harness them into strengths. December 2015 never let us down, it gave us what we needed to complete our mission. We came back a year later determined, prepared, stronger, confident & with a load of genuine respect for our opponent and this time we conquered.
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Read about our 2015 Experiences here :
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Winter of 2015, we were refreshingly tired after our experience with the Nilgiri Mountain Railways(NMR) trekking from Kallar to Hillgrove. The Nilgiris brought us down to our knees and were forced to cut short our expedition by at least 4-5 kilometers for various reasons which includes a minor casualty due to slight dehydration. Down, but not yet out a unanimous decision was made to complete the challenge the following year and thus started the planning for the second half of the adventure, which is to trek from Hillgrove to Coonoor on the UNESCO Heritage NMR. After a full couple of minutes, the plan was finalized. Take the NMR ride from Mettupalayam to Hillgrove & trek along the tracks from Hillgrove to Coonor. Book tickets on the opening day and this time be prepared, mentally prepared. Dates, a weekend of Dec 2016. With 5 options for weekends in Dec 2016, we would end up discussing / planning / evaluating individual’s availability, commitments and constraints before we would end up with the weekend of Dec 17-18 2016 to complete our mission. Permissions would be obtained and bookings would be completed in due course.
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It was a mildly overcast sky when I returned from work. An unusually busy day at work followed by usual domestic stuff, a day unlike any other. I could vividly recollect the events of that Monday. Extreme fatigue and I had all the symptoms of going under the weather until the weekend. Wanting to cheer me up, for a change, I decided to engage myself in the whatsapp conversations of the selected two or three rail groups, I am a part of. I hate typing on mobiles and not very good at trying to send my message across on text. I kind of need supplemental messaging formats commonly called as body language & delivery tone associated with my postings to accurately deliver my message, which I so lack in Whatsapp and chats. Emoticons can only do so much. Added to that being not an outgoing extrovert myself, a post from me on Whatsapp usually takes a couple of seconds for others to register and realize my presence amongst them. The moment I opened up my chats, I could sense some “tension” and with the lack of real emotions, our group already had a dropout. Apparently some nerves got pinched and resulted in unexpected outcomes. There were already around four dropouts earlier. The group is now down from around 22-23 to a paltry 15-16. I am now struck with a dilemma, as the drop out was none other than my usual partner in crime. With all these uncertainties, I just left the situation as it is and expected time to take care of the situation. It was not until a couple of weeks prior to the planned trek, that issues started resolving itself and not before other emergencies claimed a couple more wickets. Over a quick get together with IRFCAns in Bangalore, PK & self confirmed to have the trek back on track to the organizing team in Coimbatore. With things now looking up and the schedule now back on track, nature had other plans for us.
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Week of Dec 12-17 2016. Cyclone Vardah rips apart Chennai. Nature unleashes its fury. Trains were cancelled and those running had unpredictable delays and schedules. NMR passes through some dense jungle, steep & curvy mountainous gradients and is ripe for landslides even during dry weather. It is a very delicate customer and just as Mr Murphy wanted, land slides disrupt the rail traffic on the Hillgrove – Coonoor section just after Hillgrove, the exact section we wanted to trek. All NMR train services stand cancelled until 17-Dec-2016, the exact date we were scheduled to board the “OOTY TRAIN” from Mettupalayam to Hillgrove. The optimistic bunch of railfans that we were and our lack of faith in Mr Murphy’s persistence ensured we did not alter our plans and decided to proceed as scheduled. Meanwhile in Bangalore, my travel partner, being a sincere employee that he is threatens to cancel his trip again prioritizing his official commitments. No longer interested in these uncertainties, I decided to care no more and collected my PRS tickets from him the previous day, 15-Dec-2016 en route from my workplace to home.
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By Now, the news was official and the press started spewing its venom. Accusations flew liberally on the mismanagement in NMR, how tourists are made to suffer due to cancellation of these services, how IR whiles away its time without doing any real proactive work. During the course of our trek, we witnessed how NMR was trying to get the tracks cleared of the landslide, which I would present in due course. After all, it is press, who is no longer interested in delivering news, but focused only on TRP, cheap attention grabbing headlines and letting us know how a simple and straightforward twitterati response by an unknown self proclaimed celebrity has knocked the wind out of everyone criticizing them. Little do these armchair activists with 3 inches of makeup, who follow celebrities and pornstars in social media for “real” news, know the real world. Please allow me to vent my frustration because these news articles did make a dent in may plan. I had to spend an eternity in convincing everyone back home, that we are a bunch of crazy folks, but would never do to anything to put anyone of us in jeopardy. If nature had other plans, so do we and we will venture out doing something else. After a challenging session to make people see the sanity and levelheadedness in me, it was time for a conference to decide what to do. It was ultimately decided that we would meet at Mettupalayam and evaluate.
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Next Episode : The Trip Starts.

  
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Feb 23 2017 (16:58)
ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok*^~   18027 blog posts   37957 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Looks interesting...keep writing :)

  
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Feb 23 2017 (22:11)
PKV*^~   19086 blog posts   72 correct pred (80% accurate)
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Brilliant beginning. Eagerly awaiting the remaining parts.
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Feb 24 2017 (12:59)
maheshsunda*^~   4331 blog posts   31393 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Well, what can I say...ummm...you just got on tracks, but a landslide..waiting for proceed. Though it's no secret what I'm gonna say here of the text above (evident from the refulgent prelude), I reserve it till the concluding part. Don't want to play my stupid interlude in an otherwise seemingly wonderful composition. Go MSN go!
  
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Feb 20 2017 (08:40)   12649/Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express (Via Kacheguda) (PT) | KZJ/Kazipet Junction (3 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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KSK Visits Kazipet : After a delayed ride from Bangalore to Kacheguda and beyond, The Nizamuddin bound KSK starts to make up time. However the controllers had other plans and we were made to wait for quite a while at Kazipet Junction. The run beyond Kazipet was absolutely mind blowing though with not even a single loop line overtake which is so typical of SCR
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Feb 15 2017 (08:56)   12270/Hazrat Nizamuddin - Chennai Central Duronto Express | JHS/Jhansi Junction (8 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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After a mindless & breathtaking run from Nizamuddin, Chennai Duronto crawls into Jhansi. The next section from Jhansi to Bhopal is not going to be as mindless and aggressive as this run..
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Feb 13 2017 (09:20)   12270/Hazrat Nizamuddin - Chennai Central Duronto Express | NGP/Nagpur Junction (8 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Awesome click. Excellent click!!
Good Morning : The Sun rising past a relatively clear sky amidst green fields and misty morning, Nagpur, near Vidharba Cricket Stadium shot onboard Chennai bound Duronto Express..
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Feb 08 2017 (09:32)   22808/Chennai Central - Santragachi SF AC Express | BZA/Vijayawada Junction (10 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Inevitable Wait : The Chennai - Santragachi AC express waiting at Vijayawada outer, with more than half the rake on the Krishna River Bridge. The train looks like a toy inside that massive truss bridge
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Feb 08 2017 (14:53)
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A full Duronto rake. Does it have RSA ??

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Feb 02 2017 (09:29)   12270/Hazrat Nizamuddin - Chennai Central Duronto Express | BTBR/Buti Bori (4 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Superb!!!
A beautiful dawn as we cruise through the green Vidharba region onboard Nizamuddin - Chennai Duronto Express.
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Probably a branch line for freight or something leading to nowhere just before Buti Bori, near Nagpur, Central Railways, India.
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Feb 02 2017 (10:02)
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Maybe bypass line
Btw Which camera

  
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Feb 02 2017 (13:48)
PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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RX100 MIV

  
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Feb 02 2017 (20:45)
abhinavp   1518 blog posts
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This is a branch line that goes to Umred..
Possibly coal is transported... From Umred...

  
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Feb 02 2017 (21:41)
PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Yes. This is the reply I got in a group. It goes to the umrer colliery siding. Umrer station comes on the Itwari - Nagbhir NG line
  
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Jan 30 2017 (14:47)  

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TTE :) toothless tiger endangered Congo PK/MSN combo, keep hunting... Congrats to ALL Proud to be an RF. Hearty Kongratulations to all! Congratulations all sir. Congrats to our admins Congrats to all IRI admins
IRI admins are now similar to an endangered species of say toothless tigers. However, they are still continuing their association with IRI for sentimental reasons, at least quite a few of them.
Friends, it gives me immense pleasure to share with you that 2 of our admins did themselves and IRI proud with the laurels they won at the recently concluded 12th IRFCA convention at Bhilai.
First and foremost, our admin M.S.Narayanan, membership no. 663767, won the AWARD FOR THE BEST TRIP REPORT beating off intense and severe competition from a number
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of battle-scarred IRFCA veterans.
And if that was not enough, IRI admin, Pramodh Kommattil, membership no. 53131, was the TOPPER of the preliminary round of the IRFCA quiz contest, among more than 100 delegates at the convention. He was also a member of the team which emerged 2nd runners-up in a closely contested final round of the quiz competition.
AFAIK, half a dozen admins from IRI, participated in the Bhilai convention from 27th to 28th January. Apart from the above two prize-winning stalwarts from SBC, admins Sabyasachi Ghosh and Sourabh Bardhan from Kolkata also participated. Another admin who is no longer active in IRI viz. Abhishek Chanda was also there.
Kudos to the participants and also the prize winners.

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Jan 30 2017 (19:11)
Being Educated is Just a statement*^~   11654 blog posts   468 correct pred (66% accurate)
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Good one. But would still request this post to be taken down.. Serves no purpose here

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Feb 01 2017 (08:31)
PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Bhai tu real reporter ban jao re and we will talk about IRI :P

  
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Feb 01 2017 (13:23)
छोटा आदमी~   6800 blog posts   99612 correct pred (90% accurate)
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Saar _/\_

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Feb 01 2017 (15:25)
PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Sources !!!!

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Feb 01 2017 (23:58)
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Sir, i try to stay away from sources.. believes in getting info first hand.. ☺️

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Jan 17 2017 (08:57)   16022/Kaveri Express | WJR/Walajah Road Junction (3 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Kaveri Crosses Unknown Express : As we near Walajah Road, an unknown express with a beautiful P4 crosses us briskly. Could be Shalimar - Trivandrum, but no idea really
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Jan 03 2017 (08:37)   56136/Mettupalayam-Ooty MG Passenger | HLG/Hillgrove (1 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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FB Says, it is my 6th Faceversary :P. I don't care about that, but this new year I celebrated by compiling, editing and uploading this video. Do have a look and let me know your comments: CAUTION : LONG
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YEAR RELEASE] - NMR Reloaded - Part II
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First upload of the new year with a compilation of the last trip of the last year. A compilation of trek starting from Whitefield, Bangalore and back amidst the lap of nature on the UNESCO Heritage, Nilgiris Mountain Railways, otherwise known as NMR. The first half of the full trek was done last year from Kallar to Hillgrove. This year we trekked the remaining portion from Hillgrove to Coonoor.
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Date : 17-Dec-2016.
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Details of Last Year's Trek :
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Date : 12-Dec-2015
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Dec 2015 - A bunch of us went on an exciting hiking session in the Nilgiris. We hiked along the tracks from Kallar to Hillgrove. This is just a short Glimpse into the exciting journey.
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Jan 03 2017 (12:33)
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Very nice. I missed it

  
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Jan 03 2017 (12:46)
Together we achieve more   1925 blog posts   4 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Wonderful...
  
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Dec 16 2016 (09:36)   12280/Taj Express | NZM/Hazrat Nizamuddin (7 PFs) | LGD/WAP-7/30271

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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Newly LHBFied Taj Express all set for departure at Nizamuddin hauled by a Lallaguda White Stallion. Originally introduced for visiting The Taj at Agra and named appropriately, this was from Nizamuddin to Agra, the responsibility which now rests on India’s fastest train, Gatimaan Express.
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Dec 16 2016 (15:47)
Ferroequinologist*^~   11427 blog posts   82 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Newly?? Almost an year has passed since LHBfication.

  
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Dec 20 2016 (08:15)
PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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In my book, NEW is upto 17 months :P

  
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Dec 20 2016 (09:59)
Ferroequinologist*^~   11427 blog posts   82 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Why 17, why not upto 16 or 18? :D

  
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Dec 20 2016 (11:38)
PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1741 blog posts   51 correct pred (79% accurate)
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LOL :) Seemed like a good number to me

  
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Dec 30 2016 (20:34)
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