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★★★  Rail Fanning
Mar 05 2017 (12:57)   DHQ/Dharakhoh (2 PFs) | LDH/WAG-7/27679

Ashok   18125 blog posts   38018 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2186781            Tags   Past Edits
LDH WAG-7 27679 waiting for starter with a BCNA rake....

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Mar 08 2017 (10:22)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2186781-6            Tags   Past Edits
Must be a two-year-old pic then!
★★★  General Travel
Feb 23 2017 (10:34)   56136/Mettupalayam-Ooty MG Passenger | MTP/Mettupalayam (2 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1747 blog posts   51 correct pred (78% accurate)
Entry# 2175206            Tags   Past Edits
This Post : Prologue
Part I - /blog/post/2175206
Part II : /blog/post/2175206

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.
Flashback 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Next Episode : The Trip Starts.

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Feb 24 2017 (12:59)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2175206-3            Tags   Past Edits
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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★★★  Rail Fanning
Feb 20 2017 (20:23)   19713/Jaipur - Secunderabad Express | CVB/Cavalry Barracks (3 PFs) | BGKT/WDP-4B/40085

Ashok   18125 blog posts   38018 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2172153            Tags   Past Edits
1 compliments
Great pic.
LHF v/s SHF....:)
BGKT WDP-4B 40085 cruising past UBL WDG-4 12021...

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Feb 23 2017 (09:08)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2172153-18            Tags   Past Edits
Should there be any further debates on LHF or SHF? The pic says all, LHF with the headlight and SHF not ;) Just kidding...

Feb 23 2017 (16:56)
Ashok   18125 blog posts   38018 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2172153-19            Tags   Past Edits
1 compliments
but my 2 cents.
haha die hard fans are there for LHF and SHF views separately, gabden :)
Predictions: 16
confirm: 0
rac: 1
wl: 15
Journey: Wed Feb 01, 2017 @ 16:30
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 292
Travel: BOY/Bhadohi   to   LTT/Lokmanya Tilak Terminus   |   1590 km / 1635 km
11072/Kamayani Express
Entry# 2147162

PNR: 280-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Jan 31 2017 (20:21)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 80 (Booking Status: W/L 133,GNWL)
Total Fare:  625
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Feb 01 2017 (12:29)
Passenger 1: SE1,56 [SU]/Coach Position:19 (Booking Status: W/L 133,GNWL)
Total Fare:  625

Full PNR Status History (4 statuses)
Status as of: Feb 01 2017 (12:29)
Passenger 1: SE1,56 [SU]/Coach Position:19 (Booking Status: W/L 133,GNWL)
Total Fare:  625

Status as of: Feb 01 2017 (09:52)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 76 (Booking Status: W/L 133,GNWL)
Total Fare:  625
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Feb 01 2017 (01:01)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 77 (Booking Status: W/L 133,GNWL)
Total Fare:  625
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Jan 31 2017 (20:21)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 80 (Booking Status: W/L 133,GNWL)
Total Fare:  625
Chart NOT Prepared

Feb 01 2017 (13:04)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
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★★★  Greetings
Jan 30 2017 (14:47)  

PKV*^~   19093 blog posts   72 correct pred (79% accurate)
Entry# 2145776            Tags   Past Edits
8 compliments
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
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 (17:56)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2145776-12            Tags   Past Edits
1 compliments
Rumour monitors & As requested
Kudos to PK and MSN. We are indeed proud but not surprised given their rail knowledge is no secret to all of us here. It's really been unfortunate that IRFCA Conventions have inherently logged me out for the past three years in the form of dates. It's pleasing, yet disappointing to hear that only a handful in yourself, PK, MSN, Sabya, and SB of the current lot could attend the Convention, though we are sure it would have been a heavyweight representation of IRI in BIA. As regards being toothless, I fear we have become edentulous (BTW, do both mean the same?).
WRT "breakaway faction," I didn't know that IRI has inaugurated an invisible Rumor Tab and we can have "Rumor Monitors" as well.

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Jan 30 2017 (19:26)
PKV*^~   19093 blog posts   72 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 2145776-20            Tags   Past Edits
Yes Mahesh, you are spot on. Edentulous does mean "toothless". Thanks for I learnt a new English word today

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★★  Greetings
Jan 27 2017 (21:13)  

Kishor*^~   4648 blog posts   123 correct pred (63% accurate)
Entry# 2142721            Tags   Past Edits
#Moderator ; Wow
New Screen : Greetings with Pink on horizon

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Jan 28 2017 (10:10)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2142721-17            Tags   Past Edits
But it's kinda bland, the background can have some greeting phrases or roses or just assorted train sets to add some pep to it.

Jan 28 2017 (18:02)
Kishor*^~   4648 blog posts   123 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 2142721-18            Tags   Past Edits
Based on feedback of members improvements will take place...
So your observation should be taken note of #Moderator
★★★  Rail Fanning
Jan 04 2017 (20:43)   56261/Arakkonam – KSR Bengaluru Passenger (UnReserved) | JTJ/Jolarpettai Junction (5 PFs) | LDH/WAG-7/27656

Ashok   18125 blog posts   38018 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2116183            Tags   Past Edits
#offlink LDH WAG-7 27656 in deep sleep at Jolarpettai Junction owing to its, close to two hours halt with AJJ-SBC Passenger...

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Jan 06 2017 (10:24)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2116183-8            Tags   Past Edits
This guy is notorious for his jalebi-like RSA pattern, surely will be ranked one of the most confusing. No wonder he's in deep sleep mode, probably thinking which way to go ;P

Jan 06 2017 (19:50)
Ashok   18125 blog posts   38018 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2116183-9            Tags   Past Edits
Roams everywhere and maintenance at Arsikere i think :D
★★★  Site Announcement
Jan 04 2017 (00:30)  

moderator*^~   5479 blog posts   20 correct pred (61% accurate)
Entry# 2115377            Tags   Past Edits
There are some changes to the Forum section.
The Objection feature is now completely GONE. We now only have a "Report Abuse" button. When the Report button is used, an alert is sent to the "Forum Monitor" group. ALL FMs will see an "FM Alert" notification at the top. Thereafter, they will look into the complaint. There are 3 clearly defined Complaints - Offensive, Controversial & Non-Topic. If the complaint does not fall within the definition, then it will be ignored.

If the complaint is valid, FMs may Delete ANY blog, Archive ANY blog or BAN ANY MEMBER indefinitely - no exemptions. All of the above actions are IMMEDIATELY effective, the moment the FM takes action. When a member is banned, he is forcefully logged out of the site IMMEDIATELY and will no longer be able to login. Thereafter, the matter will be reviewed and investigated. We shall try to trace other IDs of the banned members. Those IDs will also be banned permanently. This is for the attention of those long-time members who feel that if they make a Duplicate temporary ID and post offensive blogs, their "main Member ID will be safe". No, this is not so. If it is discovered that a banned member is ACTUALLY a long-time member/Monitor/Admin using a duplicate ID to insult others and post offensive content, then the main Member ID will ALSO be banned - no exemptions.
Needless to say, the above privileges will be exercised very rarely and in extreme situations only - maybe once a month. Most other complaints like "this member is annoying me", etc. and petty day-to-day quarrels, zone wars, etc. will be ignored.
IRI is a recreational, non-mission-critical site. FMs have many other higher priorities in their lives, and cannot be attending to site matters 24 hrs. a day. During various phases of our lives, we may be absent from the site for months due to marriage, new job, exams, etc., and during other phases when we have more free time, we may be spending more time in IRI. Accordingly, FMs will be appointed on Rotational Basis based on their interest in moderating the Forum and also their willingness and availability to do the same, vis-a-vis their real life priorities. Most of the past FMs have at this point been retired due to their unavailability.
Generally speaking, if a member is currently seen to be active in the site, i.e. logging in everyday, reading blogs, is generally not affiliated with any groups and keeps away from controversies, his/her request will be considered for being appointed FM. If that FM later has moved on to other things in life like new job, studies, marriage, etc. and has less time for IRI, he/she will be retired (and may be reappointed later at his/her request).
The above rules apply to ALL members EQUALLY - new members/long-time Members/Admins/Monitors. No one is exempt. Pl. note that the above steps are to ensure a safe and family-friendly Forum for all. Thanks for everyone's cooperation.

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Jan 05 2017 (12:49)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2115377-111            Tags   Past Edits
Hi #Moderator, HNY! Welcome move, but I would suggest that the banning decision is best left to you to make. I'm aware you have answered Koush regarding the same, but the decision can wait till you have your morning coffee, until which time the concerned member can be put on WL. Also, I have to confess that I enjoyed the joke, "...family-friendly Forum..." Maan, my family HATES IRI. The daggers are out searching for you, BEWARE! ;D

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★★★  Rail Fanning
Dec 22 2016 (16:05)   12428/Delhi Anand Vihar (T.) - Rewa SF Express | MKP/Manikpur Junction (4 PFs) | TKD/WDP-4D/40026

Gowthami Express*^~   7706 blog posts   236 correct pred (71% accurate)
Entry# 2100173            Tags   Past Edits
12428 Anand Vihar Terminal - Rewa S/F Express departing from MKP with TKD WDP4D 40026 in lead.

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Dec 24 2016 (11:23)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2100173-3            Tags   Past Edits
Tricolor missing!

Dec 24 2016 (11:36)
Gowthami Express*^~   7706 blog posts   236 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2100173-4            Tags   Past Edits
I captured this pic when tricolor concept was introduced and i spotted very few locos with Tricolor during that time

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Dec 24 2016 (17:21)
Rewa days are back 12427~   321 blog posts   72 correct pred (62% accurate)
Re# 2100173-6            Tags   Past Edits
May be the engine is re painted as that pic is of 2014
108 votes
Oct 18 2016 (18:07)   RMM/Rameswaram (5 PFs)

Vic«Pallavan Express»Vic^~   2277 blog posts   1392 correct pred (73% accurate)
Entry# 2028252            Tags   Past Edits
My Questions:-
1.Should Rameshwaram Should be renamed as Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam Terminus
2.A Train From Rameshwaram Should be named as Abdul Kalam Express
Option 1 Should Happen11%12
Option 1 Should Not Happen2%2
Option 2 Should Happen54%58
Option 2 Should Not Happen0%0
Both Should Happen26%28
Both Should Not Happen7%8

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Dec 06 2016 (21:23)
maheshsunda*^~   4332 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 2028252-36            Tags   Past Edits
With due respect to Dr. APJ and Guruji Vivekananda, I'm against naming trains after individuals no matter how great they may be. It will just open the floodgates and in no time all stations and trains will be named after iconic leaders to small-time caste leaders. This system doesn't suit our country, which is run according to the whims and fancies of politicians and will surely be used as a tool by MPs/MLAs and will encourage them to play to their gallery.

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