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TRIP REPORT: By the legend "Island" Beep Beep: Message from irctc indicates the ticket confirmation- RAC 35-37 confirms in the S6 coach with 17,18 & 20- Ideal berth for travelling with parents by the none other than the legendary supercrawler the ever demanded "Island Express"- Ola cabs out me at SBC at 19:00 hrs with the 12627 Karnataka occupying Pf-1 and Erode WDM-3A giving out its horn signalling 16232 MV Express leaving from PF-5. RPM WAP4 was on PF-2 with the 16526.... My 1st travel by this train PF-4 boards indicated the... more...
departure of 16522 to BWT the shortest Express train with huge crowd. Pf-7 had the MKM DMU at 20:15hrs. the announcement came to life suddenly indicating 16522 to leave from PF-3 and crowd moved platforms. 16523/24 rake was pushed onto PF-5. AJJ WAM4 came in at 1925hrs with the 56261 AJJ-SBC Pass on Pf-3 delayed by 40 mins. A huge crowd disembarked.56213 KIK passenger came onto PF-4 and was shunted within 10 mins indicating 12678 ERS arriving closely. Coach S4 of the Island had a rake from CR 1925hrs the legend KK left with its double headed power and at 1945 hrs the rake of Udyan came on to the same PF. Time ticked and WAP7 with 16522 and wAP4 with 16526 stood facing the signal... Clearance please seemed to be in the minds of both locos. 20:02hrs the WAP4 got precedence and proceeded while WAP7 stood shining... Slowly proceeded to be welcomed by shrill horn of WDM-3D Erode shed twins with slight late running 12678 at BNC. The announcement at BNC went wrong announcing the arrival as 16522 BWT Express and rectified with next announcement as Kanniyakumari Express. We left soon and close to BNCE , the late running 12609 Chennai Express went past us at full speed already delayed by close to 30 mins.. Went past and after a halt at over-crowded KJM platform.. We were the 1st and 12864 Howrah was still to arrive and so was the BWT Express..- from now on the train is not Kanniyakumari Express but Island Express bound to Kanniyakumari as per announcements.. Picked up speed post KJM and a after a quick halt at Whitefield, crossed the Erode WDM-3A hauled 16339 Nagercoil-Mumbai Express at Devangonthi waiting clearance.. wAP7 blasted past overtaking the Mumbai Express as it brought in the late running Lalbagh Express. after a 2nd quick halt at Malur and a crossing with a BCNA, reached BWT at 21:30 hrs.. Just as we crossed BWT, came in a sedate running WAP7 hauled 12027 Shatabdi Express from chennai.. closely chased by a WAP4 hauled 2 hrs late running Sanghamithra. Few minutes later we were crossed by the 66527 Kuppam-Bangarpet MEMU closing its day after to & fro shuttles and after Kuppam, we round past the Deccan ghats and it was time to put up the berths. 2225hrs at Somanayakkanpatti, we slowed down and crossing the opposite tracks, took the JTJ bye-pass to proceed to tirupattur.. Not so fast.. We trotted past and waited near the Salem-Jolarpettai track for clearance.. Mind was ticking... it was an overtake avoidance by not taking the main line.....Paaaam.... horn gets louder as I crane my neck from the MB... lights flying on main line- The legend 19 Mail (12623 TVC Mail) was plundering the tracks past us.. Having left Chennai just 15 mins before us, here was has covered extra 60 kms in the meanwhile and is all set to reach destination an hour before the Island... The Superfast from olden days... Within minutes, we cross over and I go off to sleep. Loud announcement wakes me up indicating the arrival at Erode junction. Announcement went on for the departure of the next legend the 12686 Chennai Express while announcement follows up for the Mannargudi bound Chemmozhi Express and the Legend 01 Mail (Chennai-Mangalore) Expected to arrive in some time. A chugging alco brings in the Chemmozhi while we get starter to proceed and went off to sleep.. To be Contd...
It was a deep sleep again- Woke up around 3:45 while our train was passing sedatively through a station as announcement went fr Mangalore Mail arrival... A station where Island doesnt stop but Mangalore mail??? Well no worries its Podanur Junction which has halt for Mangalore Mail as it doesnt touch CBE. Slept again till 4:35AM when we approached Palghat Junction while a Tourist special train occupied the other platform. Announcement went for 22638 West Coast and 12601 Mangalore Mail arrival followed by coach positions. Minutes after leaving Palghat junction, West Coast blasted past us. 6AM.. Approached Trichur from where the super crawler would show its true name. We lft Trichur and I folded my berth and came down. We slowed down... more...
at ollur where an Alco chugged past us with the 22114 LTT superfast. After having a halt for almost once evry 10 kms on an average, we slowly waded through the scenic section of Kerala.. Chalakkudi, angamaly all were passed through slowly as 2 passengers with bulk RSA one with ERS WDM-3A and other with a WAP4 went past us. Cochin Airport on the left signalled the arrival of Aluva as we slowed down while PF-2 awaited the Soooooper Crawler the Dhanbad bound Express. WAP4 crossed past us with the dhanbad crawler and at 7:45AM we slowed down again past a ERs WDM-3A hauled passenger onto PF-1 of ERS as a huge crowd, mostly daily commuters waited for our arrival. Got down bidding goodbye to the train which has a long way across Kerala to finally land up back in Tamilnadu as the destination
Feb 08 2016 (12:37PM) Train Tag: Island Express/16525 added by Proud Fauji Brat/765849
Hats off to SR. Sujay Ravikumar shares his pleasant encounter with the Indian Railways. On Friday, the country woke up to the news of a train accident in Tamil Nadu, causing injuries to a over a dozen people. Unfortunately, such incidents have been alarmingly regular for many years now. Have you ever wondered what happens to the trains that are scheduled to go on... more...
the same tracks after an accident? One may expect confusion and chaos, characteristic of public sector responses to emergencies in India. Here is my first-hand account. I was on the Shatabdi Express from Chennai to Mysuru on Friday morning when the train stopped for an unusually long time in Jolarpettai station in Tamil Nadu, about halfway through our journey. What happened next was as unexpected as it was pleasant. The Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) made an announcement that another train had derailed on the way to Bengaluru and the servicemen were unable to clear the track. Therefore, our train could not continue beyond this station. He stated, in a calm manner, that all passengers heading to Bengaluru should disembark and avail one of two options to reach their destination – board any of the 15 buses that were arranged for Shatabdi Express passengers to go to Bengaluru, or wait for another train arriving in 1 hour. Passengers heading to Mysuru could board another train from Bengaluru. Most passengers proceeded to exit the train with their luggage and cross the bridge towards the station exit. I was surprised to see the 15 buses had been proactively booked and already parked near the gate. Once we boarded our bus, an official marked our attendance to document which alternative mode of transport we chose, before the bus left for Majestic Bus Terminal in Bengaluru. The entire process, from the initial halting announcement to the departure of the buses, took less than 30 minutes, without any panic, confusion or even any special request. Three hours later, we arrived at our destination with all our luggage in hand. Kudos to Indian Railways, Southern Railways, the bus service and countless nameless railway officials for proactively and seamlessly managing the entire experience for Shatabdi passengers. Who knows how many such trains and passengers have faced similar responses? While rail safety remains a key issue of national importance, the rail authorities demonstrated extraordinary professionalism to service inconvenienced passengers in an emergency situation. Real Link: click here
yes arnab. I am first time seeing this kind of news by media. Along with SR , claps should also go to media, who stand up to give us some positive news. Otherwise media meiin toh sirf wohi news aati hain jo organisation ko stained karti hain.
Feb 06 2016 (7:00PM) Loco Tag: KZJ/WDG-4/12679 added by Harris Kiran*^/61882
Feb 06 2016 (7:00PM) Loco Tag: KZJ/WDG-4D/70384 added by Harris Kiran*^/61882
Route diverted ISLAND EXPRESS Day after DERAILMENT click here . Catch the extremely rare spotting of the legendary Island Express train powered by Diesel Locomotives after almost a decade. Island is a daily Express train that connects the Southern most tip of India Kanyakumari to Bangalore City . On... more...
5th Feb '2016 Train number 16525 Kanyakumari - Bangalore City Island Express derailed near Patchur on the Jolarpettai - Bangarpet section ,140 KM's away from Bangalore. Rail fracture seems to be the cause of the derailment.Fortunately there were no causalities reported. Due to line blockage and restoration work the next days Island Express bound to Bangalore was diverted via Salem - Dharampuri - Hosur (Alternate Salem-Bangalore line) . Island Express use to run on this route when the Bangalore - Hosur line was converted to Broad Gauge in 1998. The train later got routed back to its original route via Bangarpet-Salem so that it can run on Electric Locomotive as the entire stretch between Bangalore , Trivandrum - Nagercoil and Cape Comorin gradually got electrified. Kanyakumari known as Cape Comorin during the British Rule in India. A WAP4 Locomotive from ERODE Electric Shed powers the Train for its entire journey. The train got its name as ISLAND EXPRESS reason being the predecessor of this train used to end its journey at the Cochin Harbour Terminus station in Willingdon Island, Cochin till the mid 1970s. At that time, it was the only train that connected Bangalore (Karnataka state) to Kerala. People still call this train as Island Express though Indian Railways no longer uses this name officially.This was the only daily train between Bangalore and Kerala until early 2006 and still plays a very important role in terms of connectivity for the people of Kerala State. Locomotive : KAZIPET / KZJ WDG4D + WDG4 Electromotive Diesels. Train : 16525 / 16526 Kanyakumari - Bangalore Island Express.
Mar 05 2016 (10:16PM) Loco Tag: ED/WAP-4/22360 added by Get well Soon 20053**/53131
Mar 05 2016 (10:16PM) Loco Tag: ED/WAP-4/22360 added by Get well Soon 20053**/53131
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Mar 05 2016 (10:15PM) Loco Tag: ED/WAP-4/22360 added by Get well Soon 20053**/53131
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Mar 05 2016 (10:13PM) Loco Tag: ED/WAP-4/22360 added by Get well Soon 20053**/53131
Mar 05 2016 (10:13PM) Loco Tag: ED/WAG-7/28737 added by Get well Soon 20053**/53131
Shed mates from Erode Wag7 28737 with Chamrajnagar passenger and WAP4 22360 with 16525 Kanniyakumari - KSR Bengaluru Island Express on PF3 & PF4 respectively at Krishnarajapuram . Without any doubts the FP was given preference over Island..