Jun 06 2016 (7:05PM) "In those days, the Brindavan Express was perhaps the fastest rain on the Indian Railways and I remember driver Mc Gee (there was a write up about him in the popular Tamil Weekly 'Ananda Vikadan') once covered the distance of 140 Kms "
Jun 06 2016 (6:58PM) A must read excerpt from IRFCA:
A must read excerpt by V Anand who was GM of Southern Railway from IRFCA:
"In those days, the Brindavan Express was perhaps the fastest train on the Indian Railways and I remember driver Mc Gee (there was a write up about him in the popular Tamil Weekly 'Ananda Vikadan') once covered the distance of 140 Kms. from Jolarpettai to Bangalore Cantonment in 1 hour and 40 minutes. The Brindavan Express was known for its punctuality and the travellers waiting at Madras Central could set their watch at 19:45 Hrs. by... more...
the arrival of 40 Up Brindavan Express. One day the train was 5 minutes late. The Chief Operating Superintendent (COPS) Mr. Godferry Saldhana and Mr. E.S. Muthukrishnan, Chief Mechanical Engineer happened to be on the platform. When the train came to a halt, the COPS walked up to the engine and the following conversation ensued: COPS: Mc Gee! you are late! Mc Gee: So would you be, Sir, if you had to pass loop lines at five stations between Arakkonam and Madras. Suffice it to say that the COPS called for the control charts and other records next day and ensured that the Brindavan Express would be given a line clear right through the main line. Such was his faith in Express drivers of the calibre of Mc Gee."
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One of the best intercities in SR/SWR. Known for its speed and punctuality. At times it is trolled by controllers. It is better not to travel by 2S as there is no difference between unreserved and reserved coaches. Vendors and other people occupy all the available space and are not ready to deboard from reserved coaches even after the TTE warning them. This train can be preferred if there is no other train available.