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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
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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..

  
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Mar 24 2017 (13:48)
बरौनी लखनऊ एक्सप्रेस~   8170 blog posts   119 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 2148231-1            Tags   Past Edits
LHB Milne chahiye ???
  
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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
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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.
  
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Nov 25 2013 (19:47)   12252/Wainganga SF Express (PT)

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

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Feb 01 2017 (20:12)
pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
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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.
  
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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.
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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.
  
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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
  
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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)
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Dude, Chitrannna is not tamarind rice as mentioned by you. But Chitranna is LEMON RICE.

  
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Oct 17 2016 (22:58)
pvspraveenkumar   12 blog posts
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Thanks for the correction dude
  
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Oct 17 2016 (20:33)   18111/Tatanagar - Yesvantpur Weekly Express (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
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rice and coffee and masala wada. Lunch orders are taken, and food gets loaded at Chitradurga.
  
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Oct 17 2016 (20:28)   18111/Tatanagar - Yesvantpur Weekly Express (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.
  
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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.
  
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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.
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