Nov 09 2016 (10:10AM) Loco Tag: AJJ/WAP-4/22766 added by Avradip Pradhan™^~/319214
Nov 09 2016 (10:04AM) Nowit'stimetogobackafterspending2wonderfuldaysatAlleppeyincludingonehalf-dayrideonhouseboat
7th Nov, 2016. Now it's time to go back after spending 2 wonderful days at Alleppey including one half-day ride on houseboat. Reached station around 6:20 pm in order to catch 16316 KCVL - SBC Express. Pic 2 showing the view from PF No 1 at ALLP.
While we were waiting, saw 13351 DHN - ALLP Express slowly entering PF No 3 bang on time behind Erode WAP-4 #22359. By this time, we heard the announcement that our train 16316 is about to come on PF No 2, so we had to change the PF from 1 to 2.
Here it comes finally behind AJJ P-4 #22766 (ex ED P-4). Don't know whether it is offlink or not. The train was 30 mins late by the way. . This time also our coach was B3 and the most surprising part was that I saw same rake, so our coach was also the same SR 13107 !!! The same coach in which we came from SBC on 4th Nov !!! /blog/post/2052602 And now we are going back to Bangalore on 7th. .... more...
There was one more co-incidence. I got 43 UB while coming to ERS and today I got 46 UB while going back!!! Basically I traveled in the same location in the same coach for two separate journeys. We got down at BNC next day (8th Nov) sharp 8 am. And our journey came to an end.
In the new time table it has been given 2 hours to cover distance between CBE & PGT. Primarily done to reduce unwanted detention between Thrissur & Ernakulam which had become a point of debate. Now it usually arrives Palakkad mostly 45-50min before schedule and made to wait for almost 1 hour !!!. Quite ridiculous . I recollect a railway employee saying that 13351 is given the least priority amongst all express/mail trains passing through PGT/TVC divisions
Alappuzha, though a popular tourist spot, lacks infrastructure facilities to stop an express train, and only two express trains start from there... Both may be extended to Thiruvananthapuram within a few years...
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I travelled in this trainon 27 October from MAS to RNC. Journey was hassle free. No dirty toilets. No bad food. No bad service from staffs. Bang on time. Given the length of the journey, I always expected it to be exhausting which it wasn't. :-)
Wow. Good to hear feedback like this for this train which generally is a bit low on cleanliness etc. I think the onboard OBHS presence probably makes a diff. While generally punctuality is not an issue for this train for the huge slack, it is the other areas like cleanliness, food etc which were concerns most of the time. A welcome change now to hear some good feedback.