After electrification of MB - BSB section, its quite logical dat at least Rajdhani class train should have been provided with an e-loco. Also, even without d loco change at BSB, Rajdhani must b consuming 15 mins for stoppage in reality.
Jul 03 2016 (4:42PM) Saw the Puru Shatabdi coming, occupancy was low At the HWH station, had a lunch at the stationcampus and took a stroll at the station campus ->2A coach inside the Himgiri Exp
Jul 03 2016 (4:41PM) Loco Tag: GZB/WAP-7 added by Kirk~/1453304
TRIP REPORT I travelled from KGP-HWH-LKO on 01-07-2016. PART 1 Train:Ispat Exp. Took out for the train an hour before departure. Towards the station, saw a freight train pulled by 3 WAG-7![guess 1 was one non-functioning]. Saw the PurI Shatabdi coming, occupancy was low. That was followed by HWH-Mumbai Express and later the RT running Neelachal[with overflowing general coaches]. Then came the... more...
Aranyak Exp[this caused my train to become furthur late]. At last, Ispat arrived with a delay of 1 hour[Link-> WAP 4]. The train moved briskly skipping stations at mps[though was slow at some places] with the best being reserved for Howrah suburbs. Rolled into HWH at 2000 hrs. PART 2 At the HWH station, had a quick bite at the Pizza Hut and took a stroll at the station campus. Saw the Black Diamond Exp and P-7 bound RNC Shatabdi coming at the station. Other sightings included the crawler Bagh Exp, HWH-Porbander and HWH-JU Exp.Also saw the Upper Class Waiting Room at HWH[kinda underexpected, they had ACs and charging ports but seating wasn't upto the mark]. Himgiri came at 2330 hrs at the platform. PART 3 In the train. I had an Upper Berth[2A].The coach was 2011 made, looked good; though the '15-16 made coaches are even better[Neelachal had those, they had soft lighting and wooden panels]. The lower berth was empty, so made the camp there.Train was moving at good speeds until Bardhaman which was skipped slowly. Woke the next day, saw Kiul and Luckeesarai go by[delay ~ 1hr]. Had an overpriced breakfast[seriously, Meals on Wheels are looting pax, standard bread-cutlet which goes at Rs. 30 in other trains is being served at Rs. 50 here] and went back to sleep. Woke just in time to see Patna and its outers[was underwhelmed to see Rajender Nagar Terminal, was expecting a bigger station there]. Xinged with the mighty faster than wind Toofan Express at PNBE. By the time train reached MGS. delay was ~1.5 hrs; had a Comesum lunch there[quantity was less bu quality was good]. Left BSB but was trolled at Jaunpur where we were left stranded. Post SLN, it was a mighty MPS show as we thrashed stations like anything; were at LKO outers at 2045 hrs[my co-pax had connecting train at LKO; Gorakhdham Exp; they assumed that they will be able to catch the train]; but ah then came classic NR trolling into view. We were stopped for 30 mins at Utratia Jn and then were stopped at-least 3 times between Utratia-Lucknow[The controllers really know how to destroy hopes of people]. Rolled into LKO at 2215 hrs with a delay of ~3 hrs[the DN Kashi Vishwanath Exp from Delhi was also running solid 4 hrs late, it seems]. Attached are some images, more shall be added later. ->HWH Puri Shatabdi entering KGP led by P-4 ->HWH bound EMU leaving KGP ->P-7 GZB shed; a rare sight at KGP ->Outside of HWH[huge crowd] ->People waiting for the Bagh Exp at HWH ->2A coach inside the Himgiri Exp
->View of KGP on an evening ->HWH-Mumbai Duronto standing calmly at the new complex in Howrah ->Upper Class waiting room at HWH ->People waiting for a train[forgot the train's name :p, maybe HWH-JU exp] ->2A... more...
coach of Himgiri at HWH ->View of train from Utratia Jn ->View of train from Utratia Jn