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16854/Tiruchchirappalli-Chennai Egmore (Cholan) Express
திருச்சிராப்பள்ளி-சென்னை எழும்பூர் (சோழன்)விரைவு வண்டி     तिरुचिरापल्ली -चेन्नई एग्मोर (चोलन) एक्सप्रेस

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Jul 25 (3:25PM)   16853/Chennai Egmore-Tiruchchirappalli (Cholan) Express | MS/Chennai Egmore (11 PFs)        

DR APJ ABDUL KALAM RAMESHWARAM TERMINUS**   4758 blog posts   480 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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First on halt after VM was Panruti , this town was famous for Jack fruit ,I bought few which was as sweet as a honey
halt after VM was Panruti , this town was famous for Jack fruit ,I bought few which was as sweet as a honey
Hi friends , this blog is about my trip to Kumbakonam from Chennai Egmore in order to visit the navgrahas which are the very famous temples in mother kaveri's delta . Since it was day travel from Chennai, the natural choice was the king of delta Tamilnadu which is none other than the CHOZHAN express. I reached Egmore railway station at 7:45. The train was already got attached with ED WAP4 22274. The train departed bang on time at its scheduled depart time. I reserved in SL so that I can rest for a while when needed. The train was skipped all the MAS city's suburban stations with grace and reached Tambaram 5 minutes behind the schedule . TBM was bustling as usual , trains all around , lots of people waiting to board the EMU. The empty rake of TEN special was parked at TBM stabling line. After...
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2 minutes , it departed from TBM and marched towards Chengalpattu , still the remains of MG track can be seen which kindled the nostalgic memory of MG vaigai !! . The beauty of CGL lies in the kolavai lake. It's an absolute visual delight to watch the Sun rays getting reflected from the lake. The train was filled completely at CGL , after CGL it was tearing the stations enroute since it had only two stations for which this delta king has a 1 minute halt and pallavan exp went with WAP7 towards MS. We reached VM by a whopping 15 minutes before the scheduled arrival . It should be the place which witnessed most of the loco in its jurisdiction , right from YDM,YAM,WDP,WDM,WDS,WAP,WAG, WDG series and even stream locomotives. I was expecting WDP 4B to take charge from Villupuram but on the contrary it was Alco twins from Erode diesel loco shed. After Villupuram it had numerous halts. This was the first time I travelled in day from VM to delta TN. First halt after VM was Panruti , this town was famous for Jack fruit ,I bought few which was as sweet as a honey.. followed by twin towns of TPDR and CUPJ. cuddalore surroundings was full of garbage and was dirty, the stations were some what neat. From CUPJ to CDM , it was very dry and sultry , lots of Prosopis juliflora shrubs with some other species of invasive mesquite family were found too. At kille , the TPJ-MS chozhan express went past us with ED WDM 3A Twins. People of TN should do something to eradicate those invasive species as soon as possible. The train was halted at MV outer for fifteen mins and it entered MV behind schedule , the 60% of crowd were bound to MV from MS/TBM/CGL. Next was a one minute halt at Aduthurai where literally none got down. Within ten minutes the twin alco entered Kumbakonam ten minutes behind the schedule. It was good a trip and I thank Mr.Jay sir for guiding me about temples at Kumbakonam.
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Speed : the speed was good but it has too many halts after Villupuram . This train does nt have a much of high speed action.
Cleanliness : The coaches were cleaned as soon as this rake arrives from Mangalore. Toilets were cleaned with disinfectant. Water was filled.
Maintenance : the coaches were quite old , most of the coaches were manufactured years range from 95 to 05.
Food & snacks : no pantry car in this train but SR should attach a pantry car and make it as 24 coach since TPJ-MAQ stretch of MAQ express will be benefited as well. Food vendors sell cool drinks and water bottle regularly.

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Jay Pacific**   6401 blog posts   1442 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Kumbakonam Town is the first place in India with AC bus stops. The first one was commissioned in 2013. I think there are around 9 or 10 now.
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DR APJ ABDUL KALAM RAMESHWARAM TERMINUS**   4758 blog posts   480 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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CITY UNION BANK is the icon bank of KMU I suppose

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Yes. Previously was called Kumbakonam City Union Bank.
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Jul 29 (9:39AM)   16853/Chennai Egmore-Tiruchchirappalli (Cholan) Express | STM/St Thomas Mount (4 PFs)        

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Another train included in WAP-7 category
RPM WAP-7 30358 slowly skips St thomas mount at 30 kmph hauling Prestigious Metre Gauge train 16853 CHOLAN EXPRESS

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★★★★Niket Karan★★★★   2301 blog posts   11 correct pred (100% accurate)  
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nice snaps . . . very clean loco

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updated in loco list
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Jul 26 (10:55PM)   16854/Tiruchchirappalli-Chennai Egmore (Cholan) Express        

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TPJ MS cholan with RPM WAP 7 today...
i boarded train at MV..as usual train came late at 12..
Double Header Erode WDM3D incharge upto VM..
train reached VM at 2 05 itself...but unscheduled halt of 30 to 35 mins at VM station outer..
at 3 40 r 45 train went into station...another 20 mins halt for loco change...
RPM WAP7 took charge..then onwards some serious speed show by WAP7..
i think this is my fastest travel in cholan between VM to MS...
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Jul 26 (9:18AM)   16853/Chennai Egmore-Tiruchchirappalli (Cholan) Express        

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Rpm p7 in charge today
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Jul 24 (7:40AM)   16853/Chennai Egmore-Tiruchchirappalli (Cholan) Express        

UZHAVAN EXPRESS   69 blog posts   645 correct pred (60% accurate)  
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16853/Chennai Egmore-Tiruchchirappalli (Cholan) Express @ AC 3 TIER

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★★★★Niket Karan★★★★   2301 blog posts   11 correct pred (100% accurate)  
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nice pics :)

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UZHAVAN EXPRESS   69 blog posts   645 correct pred (60% accurate)  
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Thank you
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Jul 23 (7:59AM)   16854/Tiruchchirappalli-Chennai Egmore (Cholan) Express | VM/Villupuram Junction (6 PFs)        

Vision for life   421 blog posts   811 correct pred (65% accurate)  
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1. VM home signal from MS side
2. VM-TPJ chord line
3 & 4. VM-PDY branch line
5. Entering VM from the main line
6. Station board
Pics where taken while on board TPJ-MS Cholan Express

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King of main line... did u spot the loco sir??

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TPJ-VM it was ED WDM3D dont remember the road number, VM-MS AJJ WAP-1
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Jul 20 (10:50AM)   16854/Tiruchchirappalli-Chennai Egmore (Cholan) Express        

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TPJ-MS Cholan Express near Guindy
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Jul 19 (3:20PM)   16853/Chennai Egmore-Tiruchchirappalli (Cholan) Express | VDL/Vaithisvaran Koil (2 PFs) | ED/WDM-3D/11152        

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16853 - Cholan Express lead by Twin Locos - ED WDM3D 11152 and 11104 arrived on time at VDL today. Here are the Pics.
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May 28 2015 (3:48PM)   16853/Chennai Egmore-Tiruchchirappalli (Cholan) Express | MV/Mayiladuturai Junction (5 PFs)        
 

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Jul 13 (11:14AM)   16853/Chennai Egmore-Tiruchchirappalli (Cholan) Express        

DR APJ ABDUL KALAM RAMESHWARAM TERMINUS**   4758 blog posts   480 correct pred (73% accurate)  
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Good morning frenz, I have planned for temple visit to Alangudi near Kumbakonam from Chennai , for return journey , I got tickets in Mannai . For the onward journey from MS-KMU I'm thinking to reserve in Cholan express in sleeper class. My doubt is about the safety since I'm going with my family , will unreserved passengers board SL and cause inconvenience ? Unfortunately 3AC is in WL , so I'm cornered to choose SL. this is the first time I'm going in VM-KMU route. Kindly help me in this . Thanks in advance.

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Super da.. carry on..:)
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