Forum Super Search
Posting Date From:
Posting Date To:
Train Type:
ONLY with Pic/Vid:
Sort by: Date:     Word Count:     Popularity:     
Public:    Pvt: Monitor:    RailFan Club:    

Full Site Search
Wed May 24, 2017 11:58:31 ISTHomeTrainsΣChainsAtlasPNRForumGalleryNewsFAQTripsLoginFeedback
Wed May 24, 2017 11:58:31 IST
PostPostPost Trn TipPost Trn TipPost Stn TipPost Stn TipAdvanced Search

Blog Posts by pvspraveenkumar
Page#    11 Blog Entries  next>>
General Travel
Feb 01 2017 (20:01)   12807/Samata SF Express (PT)

pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Entry# 2148231            Tags   Past Edits
Travelled in this train from VSKP to DURG on 26th Jan in SL. From a general rail fanning perspective, this is a good train to travel, in SL class in Winter months. Post Rayagada, the scenery turns interesting with a thick shrubbery and hills running parallel in the vicinity. Post Titlagarh, this is a single line unelectrified section with Multi Aspect Lower Quadrant Signalling. The alignment passes thru remote areas such as Norla rd, Rupra Rd et al, and the run is good.
Coming to food, the PC is just about adequate - Tomato Soup is served only before dinner, somewhere before DURG. You get the regular Tea, Coffee, water bottles cool drinks et al. Of course, the PC staff is handsomely
complimented by the local vendors selling Jhal muri, Masala Channa, Banana, Mosambi et al.
Coach condition was OK- charging points were not available in the bays - only available at the coach entrance.
Coming to loco power - VSKP Twin Alcos till R and then ET WAM4 till NGP.
Overall a nice journey..

Mar 24 2017 (13:48)
बरौनी लखनऊ एक्सप्रेस~   8577 blog posts   119 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 2148231-1            Tags   Past Edits
LHB Milne chahiye ???
General Travel
Feb 01 2017 (20:20)   58711/Telibandha - Dhamtari NG Passenger (UnReserved)

pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Entry# 2148247            Tags   Past Edits
Travelled on this train on the 29th of Jan from Telibandha to Abhanpur Jn. Ticket is Rs 10/-; good to see the cardboard tickets. The rake comes in from Raipur city side - around 5 coaches in the rake. Pretty well patronized due to the low fares. This is a dead straight line, with one gently curve towards the left as you approach Abhanpur Jn. Train stops in front of every LC, and a flag man holds the traffic while the train clears the LC< and waits for the flag staff to hop on board again.
At abhanpur, the inbound service from Rajim waits for this train, and there is also an outbound service from Abhanpur to Rajim. So, all the
three tracks are occupied, when the train pulls in. Abhanpur Jn is a pretty little station with a quaint atmosphere and lots of trees around.
Travel in the NG is a welcome break with all the clickety clack and the slow pace. Loco was a ZDM 4A.
Train Tip
Nov 25 2013 (19:47)   12252/Wainganga SF Express (PT)

Guest: b2619ae   show all posts
Entry# 916837            Tags   Past Edits
Don't take food from ballarshah(unless urgent) for dinner. Try to carry food before the journey.

2 posts are hidden.

Feb 01 2017 (20:12)
pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Re# 916837-4            Tags   Past Edits
I had a different experience on the 29th at BPQ (Balharshah) - was pretty hungry when the train pulled in to PF1.. Was greeted by piping hot Vada sambar for Rs 30(4 Pieces) - very tasty. You can also pick up veg meals or Veg/Egg Biryani.. Veg Biryani costs Rs 50/-. Washed it down with a piping hot tea.
General Travel
Feb 01 2017 (20:08)   12704/Falaknuma SF Express (PT)

pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Entry# 2148236            Tags   Past Edits
Travelled in this train on 25th Jan from HWH to VSKP in 2A. Ours was a SER coach 05 make with no plug points anywhere in the coach! That's ridiculous given the fact that even SL coaches has charging points in every bay! Tweeted RailMinIndia, and got stock answers. OBHS in 2A was provided, coach was kept clean.
SL in this train is horribly crowded as TTEs in SC get hold of General ticket holders, write an Extra Fare ticket and huddle them into SL coaches. As result Falaknuma SL coaches are perennially crowded. Avoid SL if possible. Pantry car was OK - do be on your guard if the bearer charges you Rs 10/- per cup of coffee or tea.
Standard PC rates are Rs 7/- and you should not pay a Rupee more that 7.
We were close to 45 minutes late by the time we departed BZA behind a LGD WAP7, and reached 10 minutes ahead of schedule at VSKP, thanks to an amazing run by the WAP7.
Rail Fanning
Dec 26 2016 (17:06)   57258/Kakinada Port - Tirupati Passenger

pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Entry# 2105775            Tags   Past Edits
This train gets an ALCO to ALCO loco change at Bitragunta Jn; We noticed this on 17th November 2016
Train Tip
Sep 18 2016 (21:39)   57274/Tirupati - Hubballi Intercity Passenger

pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Entry# 1995639            Tags   Past Edits
A steady stream of food stuff from the local vendors will ensure that you will not go hungry. In the morning time, in between Yerraguntla and Guntakal, we could get Coffee, Masala Tea, Water, Sweet Lassi, Buttermilk, Chitrannna(Tamarind rice), Bhelpuri, Mosambi, Samosa, Sweet Bread, Boiled Groundnuts, Bananas et al. Gooty station has a number of vendors selling items for lunch. Overall a train with good catering from local vendors

Sep 18 2016 (21:49)
KJM SBC YPR~   423 blog posts   48 correct pred (68% accurate)
Re# 1995639-1            Tags   Past Edits
Dude, Chitrannna is not tamarind rice as mentioned by you. But Chitranna is LEMON RICE.

Oct 17 2016 (22:58)
pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Re# 1995639-2            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks for the correction dude
Train Tip
Oct 17 2016 (20:33)   18111/Tatanagar - Yesvantpur Weekly Express (via Ballari) (PT)

pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Entry# 2027263            Tags   Past Edits
My observations are only for the part between SC and CTA. At Manthralayam road, you can get tea/coffee. At GTL, where the train halts for around 20 minutes, you can get Samosa, Masala wada, Bread Omelette, Idli Vada. You can even walk into the Veg refreshment room, and have hot breakfast, as the train halts for ample time. MRP written on the water bottles is Rs 15/-, howver the guy will demand Rs 20/- Avoid paying him Rs 5/- extra, and if he insists, report him to the station authorities, or tweet @RailminIndia, @DRMGTL, quoting your PNR number.
Post GTL, at Bellary, you will get some food stuff. After that, the landscape gets pretty dreary. At Molakamalamuru, you can get some puffed
rice and coffee and masala wada. Lunch orders are taken, and food gets loaded at Chitradurga.
Train Tip
Ticket Booking/WL
Oct 17 2016 (20:28)   18111/Tatanagar - Yesvantpur Weekly Express (via Ballari) (PT)

pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Entry# 2027260            Tags   Past Edits
In between SC and YPR, this train is literally a walk in train. When you book it on say a Wednesday evening, you would get a W/L in almost all the classes. However, come Thursday noon, all of the W/L would disappear, and vacancies would be available under current booking. I traveled on 14th October,and my observations are from this trip.
You could buy a general M/exp ticket from SC to any of the commercial halts that this train has, towards YPR, and you can get a berth on the train in a class of your choice(2A/3A/SL). Even the general compartments are reasonably empty.
Train Tip
Rail Fanning
Sep 18 2016 (21:36)   57274/Tirupati - Hubballi Intercity Passenger

pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Entry# 1995636            Tags   Past Edits
We took this train from Yerraguntla to GTL. Overall a good train as far as railfanning is concerned. Book a berth in S1 and you are a couple of coaches behind the ALCO, which will not disappoint you, with its performance. In between halts the ALOC belts out around 103 to 105 Kmph (As per GPS). DO the journey in the monsoon, it will be better.
Train Tip
Feb 02 2016 (19:24)   17037/Secunderabad - Bikaner Express (PT)

pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
Entry# 1727786            Tags   Past Edits
Travelled on 22/01 SC To BKN, 2nd A/C.
Cleanliness was iffy - OBHS came up twice during the journey. Two toilets did not have running water in the 2nd A/C coach, please tweet @railMinIndia - you might get a response. Overall the train was clean, no refuse mounting up near the vestibules, no rats/cockroaches running around.
Page#    11 Blog Entries  next>>

ARP (Advanced Reservation Period) Calculator

Reservations Open Today @ 8am for:
Trains with ARP 10 Dep on: Sat Jun 3
Trains with ARP 15 Dep on: Thu Jun 8
Trains with ARP 30 Dep on: Fri Jun 23
Trains with ARP 120 Dep on: Thu Sep 21


Rail News

New Trains

Site Announcements

  • Entry# 2175399
    Feb 23 2017 (01:22PM)

    There has recently been a lot of frustration among RFs when their Station Pics, Loco Pics, Train Pics get rejected because the "number is not showing", "shed is not visible", the loco/train is at a distance, Train Board is too small, "better pic available", etc. . To address this issue, effective tomorrow, ALL...
  • Entry# 2165159
    Feb 15 2017 (09:53AM)

    A minor update, but may impact many members: Hereafter, FMs will be able to delete invalid Red Flags on Imaginary trains. Red Flags can be removed by FMs, only against specific complaints filed against the blog. This does not give all members the right to complain against EVERY single red flag they...
  • Entry# 2155798
    Feb 08 2017 (11:40AM)

    -@all members: As of recently, there has been a trend whereby minor name updates of Trains/Stations - whether such and such regional name should be there or not, whether the train should be called "Abc Express" or "Abc Superfast Express", etc. are threatening to take over the majority of Timeline entries. Also,...
  • Entry# 2147631
    Feb 01 2017 (11:05AM)

    A new experimental feature is being introduced called BotD - "Blog of the Day". The rules are: . 1. Replies are not eligible - only the Top Blog. 2. ONLY Blogs posted today (the day of the vote) are eligible. 3. Every member has ONE vote. In the course of the day, you may keep...
  • Entry# 2136570
    Jan 23 2017 (12:25AM)

    Several new features have been introduced recently to the Forum, and we are forever striving to make Member experience here more productive and satisfying. With the recent introduction and success of the new FM System, it has been observed that small groups of highly involved and enthusiastic members are far more...
  • Entry# 2134907
    Jan 21 2017 (02:46PM)

    It has been over 2 weeks since the appointment of the current batch of FMs and 750 Complaints have been handled so far. It gives me immense pleasure in congratulating them for running the team diligently, professionally, competently and above all, without a shred of controversy or bias. The FM position...
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Bottom

Go to Mobile site