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Mar 23 (12:13PM)   കോയമ്പത്തൂര്‍-മേട്ടുപ്പാളയം റെയില്‍പ്പാത വൈദ്യുതീകരണം: ട്രെയിന്‍ പരീക്ഷണ ഓട്ടം നടത്തി        

Hareesh Mangalam*^   1005 news posts
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Mar 23 2015 (12:13PM)
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ദക്ഷിണറെയില്‍വേ കോയമ്പത്തൂരില്‍നിന്ന് മേട്ടുപ്പാളയത്തേക്ക് പരീക്ഷണാര്‍ഥം വൈദ്യുതതീവണ്ടി ഓടിച്ചു.
ട്രയല്‍ റണ്‍ വിജയമായിരുന്നെന്ന് റെയില്‍വേ അധികൃതര്‍ പറഞ്ഞു. വൈദ്യുതീകരണം വരുന്നതോടെ ഈ റൂട്ടില്‍ ട്രെയിനിന്റെ വേഗം കൂടും. കുറഞ്ഞസമയംകൊണ്ട് കോയമ്പത്തൂരില്‍നിന്ന് മേട്ടുപ്പാളയത്തെത്താം. ബസ്യാത്രയേക്കാള്‍ കുറഞ്ഞ സമയവും ടിക്കറ്റ് നിരക്കുമായിരിക്കും ഇലക്ട്രിക് ട്രെയിന്‍ സാധാരണ സര്‍വീസ് തുടങ്ങിയാലുള്ള നേട്ടമെന്ന് റെയില്‍വേ വ്യക്തമാക്കി.
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33 കിലോമീറ്റര്‍ യാത്ര 50 മിനിറ്റുകൊണ്ട് പൂര്‍ത്തിയാക്കാം. നാലുമണിക്ക് യാത്രതുടങ്ങിയ ട്രെയിന്‍ മേട്ടുപ്പാളയത്ത് 5.45ന് എത്തി. തിരിച്ച് ആറുമണിക്ക് മടക്കയാത്രയും നടത്തി. എല്ലാസ്റ്റേഷനിലും നിര്‍ത്തിയായിരുന്നു പരിശോധനാ ഓട്ടം. എന്‍ജിന്റെ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനക്ഷമതയും റെയില്‍പ്പാതയുടെ സുരക്ഷിതത്വ പരിശോധനയുമാണ് നടത്തിയത്.
ഏപ്രില്‍ രണ്ടാംവാരത്തില്‍ ഇലക്ട്രിക് എന്‍ജിനില്‍ ട്രെയിന്‍ റെഗുലര്‍ സര്‍വീസ് ആരംഭിക്കുമെന്നറിയുന്നു. സേലം റെയില്‍വേ ഡിവിഷനിലാണ് പാത വരുന്നത്. കാരമട, തുടിയല്ലൂര്‍, കൗണ്ടംപാളയം, നരസിംഹനായിക്കന്‍പാളയം എന്നിവിടത്തുകാര്‍ക്ക് കോയമ്പത്തൂര്‍ നഗരത്തില്‍ വരാനും പോകാനുമാണ് പുതിയ സംവിധാനം പ്രയോജനം ചെയ്യുക. നിത്യേന രണ്ട് സര്‍വീസുകളാണ് ട്രെയിന്‍ ഈ റൂട്ടില്‍ നടത്തുന്നത്. ട്രെയിനില്‍ വര്‍ധിച്ച തിരക്കുകാരണം പൊതുജനത്തിന് ബസ് സര്‍വീസ് ഉപയോഗിക്കേണ്ടതായി വന്നിരുന്നു.
കോയമ്പത്തൂര്‍ മേട്ടുപ്പാളയം റെയില്‍പ്പാത വൈദ്യുതീകരണത്തിന്റെ പ്രാഥമിക പരിശോധനയാണ് ഇപ്പോള്‍ പൂര്‍ത്തിയായത്. 28 കോടി ചെലവില്‍ 32 കിലോമീറ്ററാണ് വൈദ്യുതീകരണം പൂര്‍ത്തിയായത്. കോയമ്പത്തൂര്‍ നോര്‍ത്ത് റെയില്‍വേസ്റ്റേഷനില്‍നിന്ന് ശനിയാഴ്ച വൈകീട്ടാണ് ഇലക്ട്രിക് എന്‍ജിന്‍ പരിശോധനയ്ക്ക് പുറപ്പെട്ടത്. പണി പൂര്‍ത്തിയായ ലൈനുകളില്‍ 25 കെ.വി. വൈദ്യുതി ചാര്‍ജുചെയ്യുന്ന പ്രവൃത്തിയാണ് ശനിയാഴ്ച നടന്നത്. വഴിയിലുടനീളം പരിശോധന പൂര്‍ത്തിയാക്കി വൈകീട്ട് 5.45ന് മേട്ടുപ്പാളയത്ത് എത്തിച്ചേര്‍ന്ന എന്‍ജിന് സ്റ്റേഷന്‍ മാനേജര്‍ ശരവണന്റെ നേതൃത്വത്തില്‍ ജീവനക്കാര്‍ സ്വീകരണം നല്‍കി. പരിശോധന വിജയകരമായി പൂര്‍ത്തിയാക്കിയ വിവരങ്ങള്‍ റെയില്‍വേ സുരക്ഷാകമീഷണറെ അറിയിക്കുമെന്നും സുരക്ഷാകമ്മീഷണറെത്തി പരിശോധന പൂര്‍ത്തിയാക്കിയാല്‍ മേട്ടുപ്പാളയം-കോയമ്പത്തൂര്‍ റൂട്ടില്‍ ഇലക്ട്രിക് ട്രെയിന്‍ ഓടിത്തുടങ്ങുമെന്നും സേലം ഡിവിഷണല്‍ ഇലക്ട്രിക്കല്‍ എന്‍ജിനിയര്‍ ജോണ്‍സണ്‍ അറിയിച്ചു.

  
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Translation pls

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Hareesh Mangalam*^   3208 blog posts   36493 correct pred (77% accurate)    
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This news report says, SR has successfully conducted trial run of Electric Loco between CBE and MTP. The trial run started from 4.00 from CBE and reached MTP at 05.45 and in return direction, it started from MTP at 6.00. Regular service with Electric Locos are expected to commence by second week of April.
  
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Mar 22 (10:57AM)   SRR/Shoranur Junction (7 PFs)        

Hareesh Mangalam*^   3208 blog posts   36493 correct pred (77% accurate)    
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Mar 22 2015 (11:00AM)

-News Report, Mathrubhumi
Railways to conduct trial run on the newly laid Electrical lines between Shoranur and CLT on 24th March. Regular service with Electric locos are expected to start by April 2015, after approval Railway Safety Dept.
-News Report, Mathrubhumi
  
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Mar 17 (1:14PM)   Brave schoolboy averts train accident in Davanagere        

Hareesh Mangalam*^   1005 news posts
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Station Tag: Davangere/DVG added by Hareesh Mangalam*^/73888
Siddesh, a 9-year-old, class 4 student of the Government Higher Primary School in Avaragere village, on the outskirts of Davanagere city , averted a railway accident on Sunday morning. He not only alerted his father Manjunath about a crack in the track but also flagged down an approaching train with...
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his red T-shirt.
Manjunath has a small, thatched hotel near the DCM township about 50 yards away from the railway line, Siddesh said, “I was worried on seeing the fracture and rushed to tell my father about it.“ Initially , Manjunath didn't take the boy seriously . But when the little boy dragged him to the spot, he realized the gravity of the problem. Some walkers had already assembled at the spot but couldn't decide what to do even though a couple of trains had passed over the faulty section.
The boy had gone to attend to nature's call near the railway tracks around 6.30am when he heard a sound different from the usual one when trains went past. He would watch trains go by and was familiar with the different sounds, Manjunath said.
“Our son stood on the track waving his red T-shirt wrapped around a stick at the train from Hubli to Chitradurga (Hubli-Chitradurga passenger) at 7.30 am,“ said the boy's mother Anasuyamma.
Railway authorities said track fractures can happen around the onset of summer. Some passengers on the train appreciated the boy's courage and appealed to the district administration and elected representatives to recommend him for a bravery award.
School headmistress Gayatridevi MC said Siddesh is an average student active in extracurricular activities. She's now seeing a brave new boy who perhaps saved many lives.
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Young Siddesh is an apt example of how being proactive can help avert disasters. The boy's quick thinking and action are commendable. If not for the timely intervention, the treacherous tracks could have proved fatal for many passengers.Authorities would do well to take a leaf out of this incident and be more watchful of such faulty railway lines. Just a month ago, lack of communication between railway officials and the loco pilot resulted in the Anekal train accident that claimed 11 lives.This time a prompt Siddesh might have saved the day, but it was just luck by chance

  
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Kudos to the brave boy who averted a major accident.When many children throw stones at the passing trains causing injury/damage to passengers/crew he is a role model for such children.

  
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wOw

  
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Great achievement from this boy :)

  
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The real hero... Siddesh, India is proud of you

  
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Great job Siddesh.
  
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Mar 20 (10:27AM)   14266/Dehradun - Varanasi Janta Express | BCN/Bachhrawan (2 PFs)        

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NEWS FLASH
Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derails near Bachhrawan in Uttar Paradesh's Rae Bareli District

  
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WHAT????
ONG!!!!!

  
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oh....
sir send pic.

  
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Mar 16 (5:29PM)   22694/Hazrat Nizamuddin-Bengaluru City Rajdhani Exp | NZM/Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin (7 PFs) | LGD/WAP-7/30289        

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A journey told is like memories unfolding. Whenever we recollect a journey, and talk about it, we relive all those memories. This was the first time in 22years, yes, in all of my life that I was away from home and was going home to Diwali vacations, a relatively new experience for me. This trip report posted here is of a trip which i had undertaken nearly a year and half ago, thus am also recollecting a lot of memories through this trip report. Also, on a personal note this is the first time ever i am writing a trip report in this IRI, so i would request all my friends and seniors to point out errors if any.
Before talking about the journey itself, i would like to tell a few things which lead to the very occurrence of it.
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It was the first week of October, and my coaching institute in Delhi had announced the dates of the Diwali vacations, they could have done it a little earlier i felt. Anyways, it was from Oct 31 to Nov 5, i conveyed this to my father and he booked my tickets in Air India flight for the onward journey, and Indigo for the return journey, without my knowledge. I then requested him to allow me to travel in train in at-least one direction, thus the onward ticket of AI got cancelled and hence this journey.
Date of Journey: Oct 30, 2013, Time: 18:00 hours I was completely prepared for the journey to my home. It was a highly fantastic feeling, after successfully booking a Tatkal ticket in 3AC of 22694 Bangalore Rajdhani express the previous day. I packed my bags, locked my rooms and went to the nearby South Indian restaurant, bought a Samosa and Tea, and in 15mins was at the Bus stop. My mother had asked me to take an auto to Nizamuddin Railway Station, but trust me, i never spend much on myself, though i can really lighten my wallet for others. And hence not heeding my mother's suggestion, i went to Jia Sarai Bus Stop and took an Air-conditioned Bus no. 764 to Nehru Place. The ticket was only Rs. 20, hey this was arguably 100 times better than an auto, much so because though the bus was crowded i managed to get a seat, before we even reached the next stop- IIT Gate. I boarded the bus at 18:30 hours, 2:20 hours before my train's TOD, and reached Nehru Place at 19:00 hours. From there i immediately got a connecting bus to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. It was Bus no. 306 from Nehru Place to Kalyan Puri. And the ticket to NZM was just Rs. 10, and i reached NZM in 25mins.
At 19:30 hours sharp, i was inside NZM, and since there were no announcements regarding my train, i descended the flight of stairs into pf4 and went to the fag end of the platform, facing Mathura side. I got a good view of the entire station, all 7 platforms from where i was seated. Within 5mins of my reaching the platform, 12920 Malwa express to Indore came behind Ghaziabad (GZB) WAP4 22720 and skipped NZM cautiously through the mainlines in between pf3 and pf4. In pf7 was a Spl train to Manikgarh, headed by an unknown WAP4. 19:57 hours, still no sign of my train, all of a sudden, this WAP7 came and positioned itself in the mainline, it was Tughlakabad (TKD) WAP7 30347. It later took charge of the Shane-Bhopal express to Habibganj.
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Still no announcements of my train, but i was not bored, a railfan is never bored in a Station as big as NZM. At this point of time i wondered where Chhattisgarh express was, it was supposed to have arrived at 19:45 hours. Time went on and it was quarter past eight, when i heard a WAPx honk, from MTJ side. I thought it was the Manikgarh spl gearing up for its departure, but its pf signal was red, and at a distance i saw two headlamps coming parallel into NZM from MTJ side, that was when i carefully listened to the announcements, yes it was Chhattisgarh express pulling into pf1 from the GAL, and the other train was none other than the on-time running 11077 Jhelum express to Jammu Tawi, and it was entering pf2. By this time Shane-Bhopal express was also shunted into pf3.
Within 5mins my Bangalore Rajdhani was shunted into pf4, and hence i didn't have move around much and it was shunted in by the same loco which was going to haul it- LGD WAP7 30289.
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Jhelum Chhattisgarh Parallel entry, YT link: click here
Well, it was time to go, i slowly trudged towards my coach, it was B2, just the third coach from the loco and my berth was 55- SLB.
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It was not the track side SLB, but it was alright, all i needed was SLB and i got it. By 20:50, we departed after a beautiful twin tone honk from the LGD white beast. In no time, we accelerated to 130 and the LGD beast was showing its full fury, MPS all the way to Chata, where we came to a dead halt, the culprit- 02448 Nizamuddin-Manikgarh spl, the train was overtaken at Mathura Jn. and by this time, i had finished my dinner, spread my blanket and prepared for a short nap- i never sleep for long during train journeys. Malwa express suffered the same fate as that of the Manikgarh spl at Agra Cantt. And after that my eyes started becoming heavy, and i went to sleep. It was around 04:18 hours when i opened one eye and saw that my train was slowing down. We were pulling into pf1 of Bhopal Jn. for a scheduled halt. We were running 10mins before time, i understood, but why we were allowed to depart 10mins before time, i never really understood. Yes, we reached BPL at 04:20 and departed at 04:30, whereas the actual timings are 04:30/04:40.
And this time i sat upright and went to sleep, one of my favorite positions to sleep, when u wake up, u don't have to bend ur neck and all to look out of the window. When i woke up it was 05:55 hours and my train was slowing down again, i understood we were approaching Itarsi, and we skipped Itarsi Jn. through pf3, and overtook 15018 Gorakhpur-Kurla Kashi express, lead by Itarsi (ET) WAP4 22972.
Then, within few mins, i brushed my teeth, morning tea was served, had it, and then it was doorplating all the way till Secunderabad, with occasional breaks in between.
Sunrise after Itarsi Jn.:
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Then began a wonderful trip through the ghats of Madhya Pradesh, it was a beautiful experience, i took this opportunity to share with a few of my co-passengers, the little knowledge i had about Indian Railways, and that included talking about my favorite hobby- Railfanning.
07:54 hours, We were slightly late, and were halted at Amla Jn. for a few mins
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After Amla Jn., it was MPS all the way to Nagpur, barring a few hiccups. Just before entering Nagpur, we crossed Godhani, the last station before Nagpur while going south, and crossed a lone AJNI WAG9H 31405, waiting in the loopline. Just before entering Nagpur, a fury filled Itarsi (ET) WAM4 21376, raced past us with the 2hours late running 12295 Sanghamitra express bound for Patna.
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Whenever u see such huge pile of Oranges such as this, understand that u r somewhere close to Nagpur. 10:10 hours, Running on schedule, we were just about to enter Nagpur.
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Just as we were pulling into pf2, 12721 Dakshin express bound for Nizamuddin, departed from pf1 lead by Lallaguda (LGD) WAP7 30274, it was running 1hour late. Within 5mins of Dakshin's departure, bang on time 12539 YPR-LKO express pulled into pf1, headed by Itarsi (ET) WAP4 22876.
I observed an orange seller on pf2 and was about to go and ask the rate of the fruit bags he was selling, when one of my co-passengers, an ex- BSF officer, came back from the same shop and said most of the fruits were damaged and price was also high, and advised me against buying it. I heeded and started looking around as usual, and observed that a train was standing in pf5, the board was written in Bengali/Oriya couldn't make much of it, so i guessed it to be some East bound train, a little 35X zoom from my camera told me that it was the slightly late running Azad Hind express from Pune to Howrah. I don't know Bengali folks, it was the train no. on the boards which gave it away. 10:25 hours and we departed right on schedule.........
................ only to be halted again at Gumgaon. 10:39 hours
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Due to track repair work, we were made to wait for about 5mins. And again it was a great run till Sewagram. It was here, we negotiated the grand 90 degree curve towards Balharshah, after switching tracks towards pf3.
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After that, We crossed a lot of trains en-route, including the 12816 Ernakulam-Bilaspur weekly express lead by Erode (ED) WAP4 22270 somewhere between Sewagram and Balharshah, and 12723 Andhra Pradesh express lead by Lallaguda (LGD) WAP7 30240 at Balharshah outer, but none were better than this.
When u see ur most favorite train, there is an adrenaline rush in you, and when that train thrashes past you at MPS, it is amazingly better. My most favorite train, 12621 Tamilnadu express lead by ED WAP4 22903 crossed us at Warora, and what better than an MPS crossing such as this.........
Tamilnadu express growls past Bangalore Rajdhani, YT Link:- click here
It was simply amazing. A wonderful experience seeing this train at such a speed, it was running 20mins late. Looking at the speed, i thought it would reach Nagpur on time. And then we were served lunch, I gobbled it up as quickly as possible, as i didn't want to miss the AP express overtake. 12724 New Delhi-Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh express gets overtaken on a daily basis by Bangalore Rajdhani, and it happens somewhere close to Balharshah, and adding to it, it was also a request by one of my friend and fellow Railfans, that i capture it. He wanted a video, i could manage only this snap.
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After finishing our 10min technical halt at Balharshah, we pulled out of pf3, and overtook two trains at the same time, a CONCOR rake headed by LGD WAG9 31167 and AP express to HYB lead by LGD WAP7 30239.
After this my camera battery indicator started blinking, meaning i had to put it for charging. I wish i hadn't, because no sooner had i put it into charging, my train's counterpart, 22691 Bangalore Rajdhani crossed us. Anyways, we can't get everything in life, can we? After charging my camera batteries for about 1hour, i took some snaps of the country side, everything was going smooth, until i realized, we had crossed BPQ, which means we were in SCR limits.
Now you would be wondering, why i am stressing on this, well, this particular zone has a weird habit, looping of express trains and allowing them to overtake freights parked on mainlines, due to excess freight movements on a given day maybe? Justified. It was also a zone of some amazingly beautiful gradients, but to do MPS through these gradients, the Rajdhani should be allowed to run on the mainline, but trust me, on that day, the worst was yet to come. 15:37 hours, my Rajdhani was looped into entering Hasanparthi road station, not to overtake a freight, but to overtake another express train, section controlling at its worst. The train being overtaken was 18402 Okha-Puri Dwaraka express. At this point, two questions rose in my mind,
The one thing I found weird in this entire scenario was that Hasanparthi road is the last station on the Grand Trunk route before trains bound to Secunderabad divert towards Kazipet Jn. And Dwaraka express was supposed to go straight ahead towards Warangal, hence the 2 Questions were:
1. This being the last station before the diversion, after which both these trains go different routes, why was Dwaraka express stopped to be overtaken instead of being given the go-ahead? If there was no clearance in WL, it could have been stopped in Kazipet as well (the loop KZJT was empty), My Rajdhani was as it is running before time, so even if it trailed Dwaraka express, it would be only for a gap of one station before they split routes.
2. If my theory in the first Question was not possible; and if the overtake was intended, then why wasn’t the Dwaraka express looped and my Rajdhani express allowed to run through the mainline? I mean, I have heard freights being looped and express/Passenger trains overtaking them through the loop being a trend in many zones, which is fine, no issues, but this was ridiculous.
Dwaraka express being overtaken, YT Link:- click here
After this we were once again stopped in Hasanparthi Road outer, this time the culprit was the LC gate, which failed to close in time.
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The gradient visible in the above pic was just one of the many my Rajdhani conquered effortlessly. It was a mediocre run till Kazipet outer, where we met 12285 SC-NZM Duronto, lead by the very first WAP7 allotted to LGD shed, 30237.
Then we switched tracks from the GT route and diverted towards Kazipet Jn. for our scheduled halt. It was at this moment i took the opportunity to take this shot, which i call "Rajdhani Reflections" :D The train snaking into KZJ, and adding to the effect was the reflection of my train's coaches on my coach's windows.
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Then we were again halted again at Kazipet outer, reason- we were running before time. 15:58 hours, and Guntur bound Golconda express was pulling out of Kazipet, lead by major off-link Santragachi (SRC) WAP4 22349. It was the time when eastern coast of Orissa and Northern AP regions, were slashed by rains and train operations were disrupted. And due to this, many trains were re-routed via Nagpur, because of which, this loco landed up in SC. And as it was moving towards Warangal, giving it parallel action was a freight rake, lead by Gomoh (GMO) WAG9 31017, moving towards Balharshah.
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We entered KZJ pf2 for our scheduled halt, when this train pulled into pf3 for an unscheduled halt. It was the 12773 Shalimar-Secunderabad AC express, lead by LGD WAP4 22589. It was running 25mins late.
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Seeing two LHB rakes as such in adjacent platforms, may be a common scene in big stations like New Delhi, Nizamuddin, Mumbai, Kanpur and Mughalsarai, but for a small station like Kazipet, it was something different, for a brief moment, i was getting the feeling i was standing in between two Rajdhani express trains, while one of them was just an AC Express.
And at 16:09 hours, we departed from pf2 and were on our way to SC. The next 113kms were probably the most irritating for the Rajdhani.
A scene which i had witnessed for the first time in SCR, a BCNA rake occupied the mainline lead by LGD WAG9 31120, while Bondamunda (BNDM) WAG7 twins, lead by 27875, heading a BOXN rake, was in the loopline, towards SC, and hence my Rajdhani was made to enter the loop and exit from Jangaon.
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This repeated in Aler, a BCNA rake lead by Bhilai (BIA) WAG9H 31370& a BOXN rake lead by Kazipet (KZJ) WDG4 twins, 12548& 12679 occupied the loopline and mainline respectively, hence forcing my 22694 Rajdhani to escape from the reverse loop, i.e. pf2 of Aler.
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I thought this was it, but there was more to come, After Aler, we were looped twice, but this time, it was in the loop towards SC, conventional looping i would say, first was Wangapalli, where a BOXN rake lead by Vijayawada (BZA) WAG7 28439 was overtaken by us, and after it was Bhongir, where we overtook yet another BCNA rake, this time it was a Ludhiana (LDH) WAG7 at the helm. Interestingly, this BCNA rake at Bhongir had a KZJ WAG7 banking the consist. After Bhongir, it was a smooth ride till Secunderabad outer, we overtook the Eastcoast express, crossed Palnadu express lead by Gooty (GY) WDP4D 40148 at Bibinagar, crossed Secunderabad-Bhubaneshwar Visaka express at Pagidipalli, it was lead by KZJ WDG3A twins. And then we crossed 12604 Chennai express at Ghatkesar outer lead by another GY WDP4D, 12728 Godavari express at Moula Ali, lead by LGD WAP7 30314, and finally before entering SC, we were looped into the third line, the left extreme line and it was a painful 20min wait before entering Secunderabad. It was here that Eastcoast express took its revenge, it overtook us, as it had an empty platform waiting for it, and the platform allotted to my train was occupied by the late running 17010 Secunderabad-Bidar Intercity express, info given to me by my friends who came to meet me in Secunderabad.
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After this, trolling began. We departed Secunderabad at 19:10 hours, a full 20mins behind schedule, so much for the all the MPS and before time runs, it was Krishnarajapuram (KJM) WDP4 20040 that took charge of my train, i didn't see it, but friends had seen it and told me.
Barely had we reached Kurnool, when we were looped thrice, and some normal express trains were allowed to cross us, i mean why do u call this train Rajdhani if u can't give it the priority it deserves? #confused
The only plus point hereon was the dinner, Palak dal, Paneer Sabji and Roti, now i distracted myself from clicking pictures and taking videos, to indulge in petty talk with the co-passengers of my bay. At around 22:00 hours, We crossed Wanaparti road, running some 20mins behind schedule. Everybody began to turn in for the day, and so did i, for i didn't want to miss the key action of the next morning.
The Whistle-blowers of Makalidurga, YT Link:- click here

I woke up at 05:00, realized we had crossed SSPN, and quickly brushed my teeth and went to the door, this time around i was accompanied by the ex-BSF officer, his name was Uday. Myself and Mr. Uday, positioned ourselves at the door, with utmost caution, and we crossed the Makali ghats at dawn to be precise. 06:03 hours
We were late by some 25mins, and it gave me the opportunity to take this video of the Makali ghats, the entire place covered in a White Blanket of Fog.
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I also explained to Mr. Uday about this place, about the trekking, Railfanning etc.
And then began SWR's version of trolling Bangalore Rajdhani. We entered Dodaballapur at 06:19 hours. We were halted at DBU for more than 7mins,
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Finally, we got the go-ahead at 06:28 hours, and we were running a good 25mins late. We reached Yelahanka Jn. at 06:42 hours, still late by about 20mins, after Yelahanka, we negotiated this beautiful curve on a gradient,
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And then it was time for one of the biggest curves in Bangalore City, the Lotegolahalli-Yeshvantpur Jn. curve.
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We reached this place at 06:56 hours, a time when we should have already been in Bangalore City. And then we slowly crawled into Yeshvantpur Jn. pf1, few people were already readying their luggage near the door, to get down in case the train halted, and well, their wish was granted. We were made to wait at Yeshvantpur Jn. for another 5mins. In the process, i clicked this pic, Yeshvantpur was gearing up for its morning duties, KJM WDG3A 13368 was readying for its departure with 16515 Yeshvantpur-Karwar Intercity from pf4, while Arakkonam (AJJ) WAM4 21320 and KJM WDM3A 17994 were awaiting their respective calls for duties.
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Apart from this, i spotted Guntakal (GTL) WDM2B 16684 was waiting on pf2 for its rake of YPR-BZA Pass to arrive, ahead of the 12836 Yeshvantpur-Hatia express lead by Royapuram (RPM) WAP4 22775. We departed from YPR at 07:08 hours, and crossed the Bangalore City-Hubli Fast Passenger, at YPR outer, lead by KJM WDM3A 14053. From hereon we proceeded at a moderate speed till SBC outer, where we were again halted for another 5mins.
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And we got the proceed signal into SBC at 07:22 hours, the 16590 Rani Chennamma express from Kolhapur was right ahead of us and hence the delay. RC express is one of the most prestigious trains of SWR, and the Rajdhani and RC have only one section in common, YPR-SBC, and by chance if Rajdhani is not able to make up time before YPR, RC always gets the nod towards SBC first.
While entering SBC, we met these MUed KJM WDP4s, 20045 was freshly POHed, and it was coupled to WDP4 20023.
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And finally Day 3: 07:25 hours, 2294kms covered, lots seen, lots experienced, i was just 12kms away from home. While entering SBC pf8, i spotted this KJM EMD, which very badly needed a POH, KJM WDP4 20067 was the loco.
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We reached SBC a good 45mins late, but i didn't have time to think about all that, i came out of the coach, thanked Mr. Uday and a few others for keeping me company in the train, and along with one more co-passenger rushed towards the Kempegowda Bus Station, opposite SBC. This co-passenger of mine was supposed to go to Bannerghatta road, a suburb in Bangalore, and i accordingly guided him to the respective platform from which he needed to board a bus, and gave him the bus no.s too. After this i boarded the bus which would take me home and reached home in about 45mins. On the way i remembered my mother had specifically instructed me to take an auto home, despite the cost, but like i told u earlier, i am not the kind to spend too much on the self, and hence took the bus home.
Thus came to end, an epic journey, which would remain etched in my memory forever. For 4years of college, i watched my classmates go to their hometown during vacations, unaware of how they felt during such journeys, well, i had experienced it and in typical Railfan ishtyle!! :D I reached home at 08:30 and gave my mother the best hug i could ever give, it was like i was away for some few years, the next 4days of vacation were the best of my life. This was the end of my 38 hour journey from Jia Sarai, New Delhi to Koramangala, Bengaluru.
Hope all of u enjoy reading this trip report, if any errors, please do point them out, as it is the first time, i am writing such a report in IRI, it would be a lot helpful with your feedback. Thanks in advance for that. Cheers (Y)

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Nice write-up, enjoyed reading it. Keep writing

  
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Thanks a lot :) Sure will

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Mar 17 (1:08PM)   9-yr-old boy averts train mishap        

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Std IV student Siddesh's timely alert about a broken track saves many lives on Bengaluru-bound trains
One of the main reasons for the train accidents in India is broken tracks. Nine people lost their lives when an Ernakulumbound intercity train derailed
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near Anekal in February. But on Sunday, a nine-year old prevented a possible disaster on the route used by important trains like Jan Shatabdi, Karnataka Samparka Kranti.
Siddesh M, a fourth standard student in Davanagere, decided to join his father at his hotel (situated close to the train track) on Sunday morning. He noticed a train passing that route making a strange sound.He asked his father if they could check for the source of the sound. “My son asked if we could check the railway track. I heard the peculiar sound too. I am no expert and I had no idea what the problem was,“ said Siddesh's father Manjunath.
On his son's insistence, they decided to go take a look.Siddesh pointed to a broken portion of the track. “We wondered how to inform the Railway department,“ he said. Soon, they could hear the Harihar-Chitradurga passenger train approaching.
SMART HEAD ON SHOULDERS
Indian railways use red flags to halt trains. Siddesh knew this, and it gave him an idea. He took off the red Tshirt he was wearing and decided to use it as a flag. The train's loco pilot saw the waving red garment and stepped on the brakes. The train halted inches from the fragmented portion of the track. The pilot stepped out to check what was going on. On seeing the broken track, the pilot intimated the engineers of the South Western Railway, who rushed to the spot and repaired the gap.
Speaking to BANGALORE MIRROR, Siddesh said, “I had heard about train accidents and was very worried when I saw the track. I was also wondering how to stop the train.However, I realised that a red T-shirt can be handy in stopping the train. I tried the trick and it worked out.“
Sources said that as this track is used by scores of trains, Siddesh's intervention helped save the lives of the thousands of commuters.

  
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brave and intelligent boy. Railway should give award to this boy for his higher studies.

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Mar 16 (4:04PM)   22352/Yesvantpur - Danapur Patliputra Express | BAND/Banaswadi (2 PFs)        

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Patliputra Exps skipping BAND today morning
  
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Mar 14 (11:19AM)   12785/Kacheguda - Bengaluru City SF Express (PT) | KRNT/Kurnool City (3 PFs)        

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(between swr-sr zones)
It has rsa with 12785 kcg-sbc exp
how do SCR introduce the train between two zones.... like 12795/sbc-mas express.(between swr-sr zones). It has rsa with 12785 kcg-sbc exp

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It was told that, when this RSA came into force, it helped SWR save a complete rake rake, but at the cost of SWR being responsible for primary maintenance
Passengers too got benefitted, as due to this RSA, they got 1 2A-cum H1 and one additional sleeper too
So everybody wins here
SWR's 16525/26 shares its rake with 12633/12634, which is running inside SR. It was told that, when this RSA came into force, it helped SWR save a complete rake, but at the cost of SWR being responsible for primary maintenance. Passengers too got benefitted, as due to this RSA, they got 1 2A-cum H1 and one additional sleeper too. So everybody wins here
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