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Jun 16 2017 (21:17)   16525/Island Express (PT)

BMTIR*^~   21422 blog posts   7514 correct pred (63% accurate)
Entry# 2323167            Tags   Past Edits
Trip Report: Though i had travelled by Island 3 times from SBC, not even once was my return by Island owing to office runs and ticket availability. But this time, it was decided and return booked by island for 09th june running waitlist 43-45 (Original 53-55)
The waitlist stayed at 19 at 4:30PM of charting and I was looking for other options. 16562 leaving CBE at 2130 had waitlist of 12 in 3A. Boarded bus at Pollachi at 330Pm and reached Ukkadam bus stand at 430PM. Took an entering taxi at Ukkadam and paid Rs.70/- to Railway station
all the luggages into the cloak room at the outside @ Rs.20/- per piece for 24 hrs. Went to the AC waiting room and refreshed. The toilets were not upto mark but okayish. The booking for 16562 was closed and Current availability showed AVBL-109 @ Rs. 630/- for 3A/ Island Chart was prepared in next 5 mins with ticket in RAC S11 39 39 & S11 47 .Asked my dad whether I should cancel it and go for 16562. Dad replied with a big no. Crossed the road and a cup of coffee and movie, followed by dinner, came back to CBE station at 2130hrs
Collected the luggage and entered the main are- Damn!!! The display boards not working. Went to the enquiry counter and asked him the Pf allocation for Island- PF-3 was the prompt reply. Announcement went for 16562 leaving from PF3. Entered into the PF-3 and occupied a empty seat with all luggage near the front subway as S11 would come quite in the front behind the AC's
CBE station was a very calm and silent at this time of hour. PF-1 has the rake of 12674 Cheran waiting to depart. PF-2 had the arrived rake of 12083 Jan shatabdi from Mayiladuthurai. The pitline between the 2 had the rake of Nagercoil-Coimbatore-Mangalore passenger.. The pairing rake for same was shunted out from PF-4 and put on the sidings at the other end with a chugging alco sound heard at the other end of the PF. Repeated announcements went for 12674 to leave on time and 22640 arriving 15 mins late. Checked with NTES showing PGT departure of 2145 for 22638 and 2150 for 16525. So in a single signal gap, both were following each other
The announcement was getting a bit bugging informing of 12674 till 2220 that I had byeharted the exact words what was being told. Then came in the next announcement. 12679 the "Agressive" Intercity from Chennai arriving in 20 mins late onto PF-4.In the meantime, the rake of Jan shatabdi was pulled out from PF-2 and the rake of 12682 Chennai Weekly RSA with Kongu was brought in its place. the coaches of the standing pass in the pitline was being cleaned completely coach by coach on the interior
At 2230 hrs the announcement and the station came completely to life. The loco of Cheran Express gave its horn and left from Pf-1. Announcement again went for 12679 arrival which promptly arrived at 22:45hrs behind a RPM WAP7, 30 mins late onto PF-4 quite heavily crowded as for any other intercity. The crowd descended and crossed the PF's. The rake was shunted out in 10 mins of arrival
At 2300 hrs, RPM WAP7 again came in with the late running 22640, taking about 25% of the crowd from the PF. In a few minutes, a horn was heard from opposite side, announcing the entry of 12695 Trivandrum Express from Chennai Central. At 2310hrs 22640 was given the clearance to leave and as it left, few minutes later 12695 left onto the opposite side. 12695 cleared the points and the immediate next entry was given for 22207 Super AC Express to Trivandrum arriving onto PF-1, the EOG breaking the complete silence . Erode WAP-4 in the meantime bought in my Island Express at 2320 hrs
Boarded and settled with me and mom occupying 39 while dad sat in 47. The entire S9 to S12 seemed to be of CBE/TUP quota and all passengers boarding there. Person of seat 40 boarded and immediately climbed up leaving 39 free for both of us. 48 also same and 47 partner had not come giving a comfortable space for dad.
12682 got the clearance at 2330 hrs indicating we will not be getting clearance for minutes. The rake of Chemmozhi Express was put onto PF-4 and a crowd boarded the same. making Pf-3 70% empty. announcement went for 16528 arriving onto Pf-3 and display board changing for the same.
We got clearance at 2342hrs and as we moved, saw 33 & 36 unoccupied. Asked mom to lie down in 33 as noone would disturb us for next 30 mins run to Tiruppur. We cleared the points with a slow run till CBF, post which we started accelerating. The freight rakes at irugur were sent of with a big "Hi" by the WAP4 as wel sped past the clearances. the entire SLB was for me for time being stretched my legs and kept my eyes out of the window. The high 2 digits were reached slowly touching the 3 digits and crossing past, later slowing down at 0025 hrs to make our way into PF-1 of TUP where rest of passengers boarded. The TTE in meanwhile checked our tickets
Seat No. 47 partner cam here but not 33 & 36 so didnt disturb mom. We left after a 2 minute halt and I checked the display boards for next train assuming it to be for 16528. No there is one more train in the race now, the 12686 now between the 2 Bangalore rakes. Smiled to myself as my dad asked- which is this now.. there is already enough traffic before us. i replied- the Mangalore-Chennai Express.
post tiruppur, we had an immeidate crossing with a freight consist overtaking another freight consist at the next station. Managing freight in between this continous passenger traffic is definitely a nightmare task for the controllers. Anyway, as our run proceeded, an unknown express train went past us, going by the day of the week supossedly the Kacheguda-mangalore weekly express. Near Uthukkuli, the Tea garden express went past us behind a Erode Alco- doesnt this train get a change over at Erode??
Anyway after yet another blasting run, came to a halt at Erode outer at 01:10AM. Continous train looked like Platform clearance was not available. But 2 minutes later, we got the clearance sans any crossings to our side and we went inside to Pf-1. The freight sidings were busy with the WAG's doping their work. Pf-3 was occupied by the 16232 bound to Mayiladuthurai having its long halt for reversal. 5 minutes into the halt, we got the clearance to leave as a wAG5 went out in our direction from sidings with BCNA. the rake subsequently was reversed into next line and we got clearance
TTE came for allotment and asked 39 to occupy 36. since mom was already in 33, I asked him whether she could continue. He replied no issues, let 47 take 36. I told my dad to take it and settled in 39. i put down one of the shutters keeping the other window open, as we thundered on Kaveri bridge. Just as my coach entered the bridge, a roaring EOG caught my attention with 12685 exiting the bridge to Erode.
I lied down and slept immediately. Return from a trip i normally tend to sleep wekk and same this time to as when I got up, the watch showed 5:30AM and we were leaving a station. Kuppam, said the board as i proceeded to sleep. Got up at 6 as we entered into BWT but seeing everyone down on the beds, preferred to stay so.
Got up when we left Malur and proceeded to halt at Whitefield. just as I was walking back to my seat and we slowed to enter WFD, 12028 went past us at a sedate speed. After a halt at WFD and crossing a ASN WAG5 twins hauled car carrier rake, we slowed down at Hoody halt and Satellite goods halt respecting the double cautions and caution. Assumed that 56214 was ahead
At 6:52AM we entered into PF-4 of KJM and the culprit was out,. The 1st DMU from Marikuppam 76519 was the culprit holding us up at previous 2 stations and now stationed on Pf-3 waiting for overtake. After 2 minutes, we left and AJJ WAP4 led 12608 to MAS entered in the opposite. After the small halt at BNCE, proceeded to BNC, where WAP1 hauled 56503 BZA pass was on Pf-1A and RPM WAP7 on Pf-2 with Marikuppam bound pass. Bade good bye to the train and left the station into a waiting Uber.

2 posts - Sat Jun 17, 2017

Jun 17 2017 (10:24)
ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok*^~   18291 blog posts   38071 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2323167-3            Tags   Past Edits
no no i am asking about KCG-SBC SF which used to overtake Island at BYPL....remember its arrival at SBC was 6:55 am before.

Jun 17 2017 (10:58)
BMTIR*^~   21422 blog posts   7514 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 2323167-4            Tags   Past Edits
No..Guess we followed it

Jun 18 2017 (10:54)
BMTIR*^~   21422 blog posts   7514 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 2323167-5            Tags   Past Edits
Anyone noticed one major mistake in the report???Regarding a train number?

Jun 18 2017 (16:46)
swaminathan~   154 blog posts   14 correct pred (47% accurate)
Re# 2323167-6            Tags   Past Edits
12685 ??

Jun 18 2017 (17:26)
BMTIR*^~   21422 blog posts   7514 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 2323167-7            Tags   Past Edits
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Jun 14 2017 (18:40)   16526/Island Express (PT) | PGT/Palakkad Junction (Palghat) (5 PFs)

BMTIR*^~   21422 blog posts   7514 correct pred (63% accurate)
Entry# 2320439            Tags   Past Edits
Trip report of Island + rest at PGT
Part 1: Island journey
Till 2016 February never got a chance to travel by the Island. But post Feb 2016, this is my 3rd time travel by this legend. Ticket was in RAC while booking confirming well in S3 41,43 & 44
Reached SBC on 5th by 7:15PM just to hear the departing announcement
of the 12627 Karnataka Express to NDLS. SWR has slightly changed the font of TB of this train now, with a light blue forming the background and a dark blue font. Sharp 7:20Pm, Karnataka departed.
16526 was stationed on PF-3 and as usual the doors locked and lights not switched on. Pf-2 was waiting incoming 12609 from MAS. Royapuram WAP4 as usual formed our regular link. 16523/17 rake was stationed on Pf-5 indicating that 16232 has left on time and most likely overtaken by 12627 at BYPL. RPM WAP7 was on Pf-6 with tthe BWT bound 16522 the shortest Express
At 7:35PM, the Erode WDG-3A pulled in the late running 56513 pass from Karaikkal(Pronounced Kaaraikaal) . The announcer struggling to pronounce the same pronouncing it as Karaikkkkal with extra stress on the "kkal". 16522 left as soon as 56513 arrived
Went back to my coach and by now lights were on. Boarded and settled in our seats. Coach was a 98 made coach with no dining tables and charging points. Settled down to witness the shunting in of the 11304 Udyan rake onto PF-1.
at 8:02PM we got the starter to proceed as announcement went on that 12678 ERS ICE will arrive shortly. We slowly cleared the points and LP was in no mood to speed up. We literally crawled through the Bangalore Central district moving like a caterpillar. Erode alco twins whizzed past with the 12678 running 20 mins late. We were halted at BNC outer and slowly proceeded into BNC. PF-2A had a WDG4 attached 56503 passenger from BZA which had arrived BNC at 7:50PM running 2.5 hrs late.. A WAP1 & WAP7 rested in BNC sidings of Pf-2 side
After a long halt of 5 minutes, we proceeded. BNCE again we slowed down and almost came to a halt before the signal cleared for proceed again. Late running 12609 from Chennai crossed us behind RPM WAP7 outside BNCE and went through the main line at BYPL again getting a red . As we slowed down at BYPL, the MEMU to KPN running almost an hour late occupied PF-1 while the mainline towards SBC was occupied GY alco twins hauled BCNA. Through the other loop, 12296 Sanghamithra, chasing the late running 12609 went by with BCNA blocking the view completely
We entered into the very crowded KJM. Continous outflow of trains from SBC side caused the crowd. People came to the window enquiring if it was train bound to Katpaid/Chittoot etc which i nodded in negative. The luggage by the passengers indicated that 12864 to Howrah from Yeshvantapur was yet to arrive. Which meant PF-3 crowd was for 16525, 12864 and 56213. On the other side, PF-1 was occupied with passengers waiting for the 16340 bound to CSTM
We got a clear and as we proceeeded, the LP notched up on the green. acceleration was evident well and speeds touched 3 figures as we blasted past the Hoodi halt. again had a slowdown and a complete stop at WFD when RPM WAP7 showed its presence with the 12607 Lalbagh from MAS. The next halt was Malur where Erode twins showed presence with the 16340 having been overtaken by the 12607
After Malur, the LP showed his agression again and the remaining stations were just done past. Occupying the track side window, noticed a flickering green at my 90 degrees and after 30 secs noticed that my engine has curved. Being at 5th coach from loco, many signals were visbile at the curves taken before I noticed the LP curving it. At Tyakal, WAG7 hauled Container rake slowed down to enter the loop most likely to wait till the 12027 supremo takes the precedence
We slowed down for points clearance at 21:40hrs just as WAP4 accelerated the same way with the 12027 shatabdi bound to SBC running late. We entered onto PF-3 of BWT and the WAP7 showed its presence as it got ready to follow the shatabdi with the return 16521 SBC Express. The MEMU rakes were resting in the sidings.
Post BWT, the moonlit night gave a good company and so did the curving signals. WAG7 hauled another container rake went past at Kamasamudram and that marked a eerie silence around as there was no other crossings scheduled for time. A 2 minute halt at Kuppam was despatched with ease and curving through the eastern ghats seperating from the up track for some time, we join them back at Somanayakkanpatti at 22:30hrs and slowed down completely, switching to the SBC bound line, later leaving them for Tirupattur byepass line. The Freight siding line of Jolarpettai came from our left and joined us. A Red signal at the end we come to a halt. By this time the berths were laid and I was lying in the Middle berth and the halt gave me the much required excitement
Time ticked. 5 mins later saw the mainline track to Salem turn Green. The moment i was waiting for. Time for the No.19 Trivandrum Mail (12623)and kept my eyes focussed.
Paam Paam Paam.. Honk of a loco.. Very excited, i turn my head to get hit in the Upper berth. The rake had berth clearance just for sleeping and a slight upwards movement above the hip results in this hit. Nevertheless, like an ostrich, i use my neck.. Paam Paam.. Oh no.. it was on line towards JTJ.. The Mumbai bound 16382 Jayanthi proceeds to JTJ and I watch the rake giving a parallel angle to my waiting rake. As lights of 1st 2 coaches pass by, the roar was heard. 12623 gets blocked by the Jayanthi running towards SA and by the time Jayanthi clears my view, 12623 shows of its EOG saying byeee
Anyway nothing more to do, went into sleep mode as we entered TPT where a WAG7 BOXN cross us. A good sleep later, bridge sound woke me up as we crossed the Kaveri river near Erode at very high speed.
Went back to sleep again
Woke up again at 3:40AM as we were exiting CBE. Lay down in my berth and woke up around 4:10 as we crossed Walayar. Post Walayar, we were taken on the reverse line. Looks like the Walayar Kanjikkode section is a twin single line section, as we moved on the right side line having signals facing both the sides. Giving respect to the Speed restrictions, the LP proceeded slowly at major sections and as we entered into Kangikkode, a WAG7 hauled special express crossed us at good speed most likely the Hyderabad bound special. At 4:45AM, we entered into PGT station as ERS WDM3A occupied PF-2 with the Nilambur Road Pass
The online site showed the KSRTC bus to Silent valley information centre at Mukkali is at 6:35 & 9:35 and the normal journey time is 2.5 hrs. With a reporting time at 12, the 9:35 bus seemed a better option. Keeping the luggage with my mom at thw waiting room, we went to enquire about retirning room availability. Non-AC rooms at Rs.200/- per head available. Myself and dad went to the room booking counter which inturn functions as an enquiry counter.
Went there and there was another person ahead of us making the enquiry. As he was handed over the form, we asked for ourselves. He asked for the ID card. in the meantime people barged into the queue as we gave the form. For a second I was shocked and later realised the reason
Pass 1: Sir West Coast.. Clerk: Platform not announced sir
Pass 2: Sir next train to Calicut- Clerk: SF Mangalore mail coming to 3.. 16527 coming to 1
Pass 3: Sir Yeshvantapur Express- Clerk: Pass 1
Myself: Sir, how much to pay.. he thinks looks at me.,. which Platform number.. Yeah Rs.600/-. Please pay the reservation counter
Pass 4 & 5: Nilambur pass Aleepey Express . Nilambur pass Pf-2, Allepey PF-1
With the receipt in my hand, me and dad walk back to waiting room to pick my mom along with the luggage. The 01 Mail (12601) has arrived on Pf-3 in the meantime and took a sparse amount of crowd. PF-1 had the maximum crowd waiting for both the Calicut bound train and Ernakulam bound train. I was thinking about people avoding 12601 for 16527 when dad said "Probably many prefer 16527 for PGT/SRR section as generally not many travel to CLT in this train buses taking a very shorter time. Slowly we pulled in with the luggage
Announcement came back to life.. 22638 Chennai bound Westcoast is running late by 1 hr 10 mins and is expected to arrive at 6:00.. Inconvinience caused is deeply regretted followed by the next...12626 Kerala Express bound to Trivandrum is running late by 2 hrs 30 mins and is expected to arrive at 9AM. Inconvinience caused is deeply regretted
Slowly me move into the Non-Ac room on the 1st floor. Keeping the luggage, i went to the curtain to check the facing. A WDG-3A was roaring with the fans visible beyond the FOB right below my room as it had arrived with tthe 16527 CAN Express from YPR.
Looking at the alco, I slowly pushed my hand down the curtain and on chair.. shreeik.. there was a small prick and my hand retraced back. something jumped.. a small mouse.. jumped onto the floor and it made tis way to the other corner of the room angry that I disturbed its sleep. The attendant came with the bedspread and pillow covers which looked neat. A ear shattering honk by the 16527 loco indicated its departure. I laid down on the bed to catch up an hours sleep
minutes past 16527, announcement went for the 56611 nilambur pass from PF-2. Slowly announcement went for the 22639 Allepey coming from Chennai and a WAP7 brought it . I tossed around in the bed. After a 5 minute halt, it departed. The outside was becoming bright and watch showed 5:45AM. Summer still continues said my dad as he went down to get a newspaper. The ERS WDM-3A gave a loud honk and left with the NIL pass. There was no announcement yet for the Westcoast and i checked the NTES status. Train had just crossed Ottapalam meaning a minimum 6:30 arrival at PGT.
i got up and sat on the chair and few minutes later a ICF Raj liveried rake pulled in sans announcements. Dad also came back into the room and said, a train went without halting through Pf-5 all AC. TVC Raj doesnt take this route right. i said no it goes via KR. I moved the curtain a bit and spotted the "X" a distance away. i said, let me go down and check and anyway checked it online. Turned out to be the 04425 KCVL-NZM AC special.
Mom got up in the meantime with a teasing smile- so I guess you slept well for past 35 mins.. I smiled back.. Not even a wink you would have slept considering the continous announcements that went by. Wheres is my dear West Coast she asked. I replied he is still far off and will come.
I told dad and went down to check for newspapers and trains. Time was 6:30 and i checked no announcements for any train. Went to check the display board and all boards were blank with sorry for inconvinience pasted. Went to Pf-1. Near the FoB there was a newspaper vendor. Checked the newspaper and realised i had left my wallet in the room. Went back to the room took the wallet and came for the newspaper. In the meantime, Erode WDG-3A arrived on Pf-2 with tthe 56712 PGTN-TPJ pass and took all the daily commuters
Came into the room with the newspaper and went through it. With a silent entry, 22638 arrived on PF-5, delayed by 2 hrs at 6:50AM. 56712 waited patiently on Pf-2 as 22638 took a precedence over it and left after a 5 minute halt.
As time ticked 7, i went to have bath and refresh myself. The bathroom was quite dirty with slight leaking taps. The geyser was removed and solar waterheater installed but geyser switch still stayed.Finished my bath and beyond the sound of water could hear the announcement going for 16343 Amritha to arrive on Pf-1. As i came out of the bathroom, peeped from the window to find the rake entering, the loco missed.
In the meantime dad also got ready and we went for breakfast as announcement went for expected arrival time of 12626 now at 9:30AM. The train had crossed Erode at 6:50AM as per NTES. Went out to have breakfast and came back to the room at 8AM to collect the luggage and leave to the bus stand. In the meantime, a ERS WDM-3A moved out in reverse direction with the 16343 to Palghat Town station
As we entered the room to take the luggage, announcement went for the incoming 22610 Mangalore intercity. Erode WDM 3A pulled in onto Pf-3 and took of the remaining daily commuters towards MAQ. We vacated the room and took an auto towards the busstand for continuing our trip

Jun 14 2017 (20:30)
ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok*^~   18291 blog posts   38071 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2320439-1            Tags   Past Edits
Visual tour once again, thanks for your detailed narration :)

Jun 14 2017 (20:34)
RT™~   41 blog posts   2 correct pred (27% accurate)
Re# 2320439-2            Tags   Past Edits
Superb narration ...👌👌👌

Jun 14 2017 (21:11)
BMTIR*^~   21422 blog posts   7514 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 2320439-3            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks sir- Each and every of visual tour has been ready by you till the end.. A big salute for your patience sir
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Departure: Wed Apr 26 2017 @ 15:00
16525/Island Express (PT)
Trip# 107519    Traveller: Southern Railway^~    Linked PNR Entry# 2246060
Class: Sleeper - SL
From: KYJ/Kayamkulam Junction
To: TCR/Thrissur (Trichur)
6 wishes
HJ HJ HJ Happy and safe journey! HJ HJ
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7 posts - Wed Apr 26, 2017 - are hidden. Click to open.

Apr 26 2017 (16:56)
Southern Railway^~   2798 blog posts   209 correct pred (83% accurate)
Re# 2246060-8            Tags   Past Edits
After Tweeting to TVC div. He has just come now..

Apr 26 2017 (16:56)
K K   13583 blog posts   20330 correct pred (66% accurate)
Re# 2246060-9            Tags   Past Edits
I don't know when this mindset about TTE's will change in India....When will TTEs will perform their duties to perfection and without bribe...
In NWR all TTEs are very honest and grant seats as per the rules to RAC/WL pax and not a single unreserved person would be seen in SL coaches....not a single....72 berths 72 reserved pax.

Apr 26 2017 (16:58)
K K   13583 blog posts   20330 correct pred (66% accurate)
Re# 2246060-10            Tags   Past Edits
ohhkkk....thank god that he appears...what the progress on removal of un. pax...???

Apr 26 2017 (17:57)
Southern Railway^~   2798 blog posts   209 correct pred (83% accurate)
Re# 2246060-11            Tags   Past Edits
at ERN/Ernakulam Town (North): on time
Reached ERN.

Apr 26 2017 (18:31)
12622 king of SR~   1354 blog posts   3640 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 2246060-12            Tags   Past Edits
Same thing happened for me in TVC mail while returning to MAS I boarded from KTYM, UR pax where occupying our seats and, while going to KTYM all the UR pax boarded the SL coaches from ERN.
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