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12343-Slip/Darjeeling Mail (slip) (PT)
দার্জিলিং মেইল ​​(স্লিপ)     दार्जिलिंग मेल (लिंक सेवा) (प्रिमियम तत्काल)

Time-Table HAS CHANGED. Show Changes
Updated: Mar 03 2016 (10:52PM) by জয়দীপ JOYDEEP जय़दीप*^~
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Rating: 3.8/5 (6 votes)
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Jul 14 2016 (11:50PM)   12344/Darjeeling Mail | JPG/Jalpaiguri (2 PFs) | MLDT/WDM-3D/11468

অনুভব~   1760 blog posts   99 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Jul 14 2016 (11:50PM)
Loco Tag: MLDT/WDM-3D/11468 added by অনুভব~/377103
As the Semaphore Goes Down Malda Homed 3D Deemer Brings Haldbari-NJP Passenger Darjeeling Mail Combo into Jalpaiguri
(C) Anubhab Dey ...

  
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Jul 15 2016 (8:47AM)
bodhighoshal   286 blog posts
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nice snap!

  
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অনুভব~   1760 blog posts   99 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Thank You

  
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Jul 21 2016 (9:05AM)
bodhighoshal   286 blog posts
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I hope that amidst the electrification schemes, these semaphores should not get extinct !!!

  
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it wont
  
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Jul 22 2016 (1:11PM)   12344/Darjeeling Mail

rshbaggarwal283   316 blog posts   154 correct pred (57% accurate)
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In category of express/superfast train (not fully AC express/rajdhani/duronto) I guess 12344 darjeeling mail has max number of 3AC coaches. This has 7 .
Any other train to compete with this? Thoughts.

  
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Jul 22 2016 (2:49PM)
deepakyerr   337 blog posts
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Gujarat mail Mumbai central Ahmedabad has 8 3AC coaches and total 12 ac coaches highest by any ordinary mail/exp trains in India other then ac trains.

  
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rajeevame   982 blog posts   60 correct pred (66% accurate)
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Second in list is lko mail.
Has 5 3A coaches, 4 2A coaches, 1 HA and 1H(first AC).
Total 11 AC coaches
  
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Apr 01 2015 (8:12PM)   12343/Darjeeling Mail (PT) | SGUT/Siliguri Town (2 PFs)
 

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Apr 04 2015 (11:11AM)
Some of them are extinct, some are still operational operational, some have been converted


Apr 04 2015 (12:28AM)


Apr 04 2015 (12:27AM)
Train Tag: Darjeeling Mail/12343 added by Ashok/1198716

Apr 04 2015 (12:25AM)


Apr 03 2015 (12:46AM)
Train Tag: Darjeeling Mail/12343 removed by জয়দীপ JOYDEEP जय़दीप*^/90119

Apr 03 2015 (12:46AM)
Station Tag: New Jalpaiguri Junction/NJP removed by জয়দীপ JOYDEEP जय़दीप*^/90119

Apr 01 2015 (11:46PM)
Station Tag: New Jalpaiguri Junction/NJP added by Ashok/1198716

Apr 01 2015 (11:46PM)
Train Tag: Darjeeling Mail/12343 added by Ashok/1198716

Apr 01 2015 (11:43PM)
As per my understanding the route could have been looked like the one shown in the Red Line with stations as blue dots in the attached map (designed (drawn by myself- may not be 100% accurate but more or less)


Apr 01 2015 (11:29PM)
Recently I have got gone through a very good book document which on describes about our country’s small railways


Apr 01 2015 (8:20PM)
8) Ryiang (Station for Mangpu Hills)
9) Giellekhola/Kalimpang Road (Code: (Station Code: GEKA)


Apr 01 2015 (8:16PM)
Will come back with more histories, descriptions and acknowledgements soon in the next part


Apr 01 2015 (8:13PM)
Station Tag: Siliguri Town/SGUT added by Ashok/1198716
#HistoricalRail
Recently I have gone through a very good document on some of our country’s small railways. Some of them are extinct, some are still operational, some have been converted. Thought it’s my duty to share the knowledge among my fellow Railfans. It’s not possible to discuss the whole book at a time. So I’ll explore it part by part.
Today I will inform you about a historical railway which is even about to be wiped out from people’s memory. This railway used to operate at North Bengal. The “Teesta Valley Railway”
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or “Teesta Valley Extension”. It’s called ‘Extension’ as it was operated as a branch line of the famous “Darjeeling Himalayan Railway” with an aim to connect Kalimpong with the plains. However, due to technical difficulty it couldn’t be extended beyond Teesta Bazaar. This branch was opened in 1915 and terminated in 1951, with only 36yrs. Of lifespan.
The track started from today’s ‘Siliguri Town’ station. All the stations enroute are:
1) Siliguri Town (Source)
2) Siliguri Road Jn. (Now ‘SGUJ’)
3) Sivok Forrest Sidings
4) Sivok
5) 13.5 Miles
6) Kalijhora
7) Rilly Sidings
8) Ryiang (Station for Mangpu Hills)
9) Giellekhola/Kalimpang Road (Station Code: GEKA)
This ‘Giellekhola’ used to exist around 3KMs away from today’s Teesta Bazaar. Total distance of the route was closed to 50KMs. As per my understanding the route could have been looked like the one shown in the Red Line with stations as blue dots in the attached map (drawn by myself- may not be 100% accurate but more or less).
It was light gauge (2Ft.) like the Darjeeling Railway.
Will come back with more histories, descriptions and acknowledgements soon in the next part.

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Apr 04 2015 (12:41AM)
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Yes, I noticed that later, after posting my reply. :)

  
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Apr 04 2015 (1:04AM)
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Enthusiastic people can refer the below link also for more information:
click here

  
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Apr 04 2015 (8:07AM)
জয়দীপ JOYDEEP जय़दीप*^~   7053 blog posts   106 correct pred (72% accurate)
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The train no of Darjeeling Mail was 1Up/2Dn of ABR/EBR in British Period ..

  
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Apr 04 2015 (9:31AM)
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Post rectified, Thanks
Oh yes, I forgot that. Post rectified, Thanks.

  
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Apr 04 2015 (10:23AM)
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Dear friends,
Thanks for your input. Even I have gone through the following site.
1) click here
2) click here
3) click here
  
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Jul 17 2016 (11:10AM)   12343/Darjeeling Mail (PT)

mai hoo na   599 blog posts   4846 correct pred (70% accurate)
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Does 12343/12344 needs LHB rake?
Wht do u all think...
Yes18%4
No77%17
Can't say5%1

  
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Jul 17 2016 (11:10AM)
mai hoo na   599 blog posts   4846 correct pred (70% accurate)
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Pls add me to zonal RF club
#admins

  
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Jul 17 2016 (2:18PM)
जय हो ™ ~   10209 blog posts   93971 correct pred (74% accurate)
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It's running with full capacity and LHB rake can't accommodate 24 coaches.
So, a big 'NO'

  
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Jul 17 2016 (2:19PM)
Adityawap7~   5276 blog posts   172 correct pred (70% accurate)
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But LHB coaches have more capacity than ICF coaches.

  

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Jul 17 2016 (7:59PM)
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It has slip coaches too.
It will be difficult to get LHB for this train.

  
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Jul 18 2016 (1:13PM)
Raipur ICECREAM   91 blog posts   52 correct pred (72% accurate)
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Jul 15 2016 (10:03PM)   12343/Darjeeling Mail (PT) | NJP/New Jalpaiguri Junction (8 PFs)

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Proposed works for byepass construction at NJP-SGUJ of NFR. Given in ABP today

  
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Jul 15 2016 (10:09PM)
cancelled Mails restored   21830 blog posts   21022 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Aaj tak SGUT sr encroachment ko evict nahi kara paye & you beilive that these bypasses will ever materialize? @drmkir ko agar kuchh karna hi hain toh SGUJ NJP travel time ko 25 mts se reduce karke 11 mts kare..
  
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Jul 13 2016 (3:40PM)   12343-Slip/Darjeeling Mail (slip) (PT)

bodhighoshal   286 blog posts
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Why is the SL1 and B1 of 12343 attached to 55751 (starting @ 14:30)? Why cant IR add it to 55749 (starting @9:15)?
Does anyone ever wait for the transition time of 390minutes????
  
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Journey: Sat Jul 09, 2016 @ 20:00
Class: AC 2-tier - 2A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 39
Travel: NJP/New Jalpaiguri Junction   to   SDAH/Sealdah   |   573 km / 630 km
12344/Darjeeling Mail
Entry# 1915897

PNR: 635-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Jul 03 2016 (10:59AM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 6 (Booking Status: W/L 14,RLGN)Passenger 2: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 15,RLGN)Passenger 3: Waitlist# 8 (Booking Status: W/L 16,RLGN)Total Fare:  3885Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.
Posted thru RailCal

Latest Status as of: Jul 09 2016 (4:27PM)
Passenger 1: A1,45 [LB]/Coach Position:21 (Booking Status: W/L 14,RLGN)
Passenger 2: A1,48/Coach Position:21 (Booking Status: W/L 15,RLGN)
Passenger 3: RA2 43/Coach Position:20 (Booking Status: W/L 16,RLGN)
Total Fare:  3885
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Status as of: Jul 09 2016 (4:04PM)
Passenger 1: A1,45 [LB]/Coach Position:21 (Booking Status: W/L 14,RLGN)
Passenger 2: A1,48/Coach Position:21 (Booking Status: W/L 15,RLGN)
Passenger 3: RA2 43/Coach Position:20 (Booking Status: W/L 16,RLGN)
Total Fare:  3885
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Status as of: Jul 08 2016 (5:58PM)
Passenger 1: RAC 8 (Booking Status: W/L 14,RLGN)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 1 (Booking Status: W/L 15,RLGN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 2 (Booking Status: W/L 16,RLGN)
Total Fare:  3885
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Jul 04 2016 (9:11AM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 5 (Booking Status: W/L 14,RLGN)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 6 (Booking Status: W/L 15,RLGN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 16,RLGN)
Total Fare:  3885
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Jul 02 2016 (3:22PM)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 6 (Booking Status: W/L 14,RLGN)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 15,RLGN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 8 (Booking Status: W/L 16,RLGN)
Total Fare:  3885
Chart NOT Prepared


  
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#racallocation 08 in 2A
NJP TO SDAH.
  
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Jun 26 2016 (11:13AM)   12344/Darjeeling Mail

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Legendary Darjeeling Mail with furious SGUJ WDP 4D storms past Baruipara at the crack of Dawn !!
12344 NJP - SDAH Darjeeling Express with a furious EMD Siliguri Jn. WDP 4D thunders past the middle reversal line at Baruipara . The train was a few minutes late
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Enjoy the rattling track sound made by the ICF coaches !!

Date of Video :- 30th March, 2016
Device used :- Canon SX 50 HS
  
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Journey: Wed Jul 13, 2016 @ 23:55
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 273
Travel: MLDT/Malda Town   to   SDAH/Sealdah   |   338 km / 630 km
12344/Darjeeling Mail
Entry# 1907253

Posted by: जय हो ™ ~   10209 blog posts   93971 correct pred (74% accurate)
PNR: 665-xxxxxxx (PRS)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Jun 26 2016 (12:19AM)
Passenger 1: RAC 8 (Booking Status: RAC 8,RLGN)
Total Fare:  245
Chart NOT Prepared
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Jai Ho ##

Latest Status as of: Jul 13 2016 (6:37PM)
Passenger 1: S2,8 [SU]/Coach Position:12 (Booking Status: RAC 8,RLGN)
Total Fare:  245
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Status as of: Jul 13 2016 (6:37PM)
Passenger 1: S2,8 [SU]/Coach Position:12 (Booking Status: RAC 8,RLGN)
Total Fare:  245
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Status as of: Jul 02 2016 (10:49PM)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: RAC 8,RLGN)
Total Fare:  245
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Jun 27 2016 (11:35PM)
Passenger 1: RAC 2 (Booking Status: RAC 8,RLGN)
Total Fare:  245
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Jun 27 2016 (2:48PM)
Passenger 1: RAC 6 (Booking Status: RAC 8,RLGN)
Total Fare:  245
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Jun 26 2016 (12:44AM)
Passenger 1: RAC 8 (Booking Status: RAC 8,RLGN)
Total Fare:  245
Chart NOT Prepared


  
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Latest Status as of: Today (10:49PM)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: RAC 8,RLGN)
Total Fare: 245
Chart NOT Prepared
  
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Jun 26 2016 (1:05PM)   12343/Darjeeling Mail (PT) | SDAH/Sealdah (20 PFs) | SGUJ/WDP-4D/40090

Soumitra Chawathe*^~   30214 blog posts   98143 correct pred (71% accurate)
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Jun 26 2016 (1:05PM)
Loco Tag: SGUJ/WDP-4D/40090 added by Soumitra Chawathe*^~/301079
TRIP REPORT
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TO THE DOOARS IN THE QUEEN OF ER
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Dear Friends, I am glad to present before you the second of my four trip report series, this one, a short and concise
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report featuring my journey from SDAH to NJP on board Darjeeling Mail. In case you’ve missed the first one, you can catch it up here
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It was 4th of May, me and my “ardhangini” spent the day in roaming and exploring the City of Joy. We got up early and had a superb darshan at Kalighat Temple, where greedy temple priests pounced on us the moment we got out from our car. We shooed them away and straightaway stood in the line. It took some 35-40 minutes, but every minute spent there was well worth it. The temple visit was followed by a Victorian sojourn amidst vast open green spaces of the Maidan at Victoria Memorial, where shooting for a Bengali movie (most probably a remake of No-Entry) was ongoing. It was a welcome respite from the hot and humid weather of Kolkata. Post lunch, we spent the time in exploring the wonders of science at Science City, a fascinating place to learn and unlock the gigantic world of scientific mysteries. We concluded our sightseeing by seeking blessings at the beautiful Birla Mandir. The clock had struck 18.00 when we decided to head to Sealdah to catch the legendary Queen of ER, 12343 Darjeeling Mail. Battling the chaotic evening traffic along AJC Bose Road, we arrived there at 18.30 and headed to the upper class waiting room. SDAH, a major terminal was bustling with activity with numerous arrivals and departures of EMUs and express trains, loading and offloading vast amounts of human cargo. It was a sea of humanity everywhere. Nevertheless, to our surprise, we easily got place to sit. The attendant in-charge took our details in the register. The waiting room was great with multiple fans and AC working in tandem to beat the heat. Several vendors selling green tea, jhal-muri, magazines, etc. made their rounds in search of a prospective buyer. We had some light dinner there itself. The clock ticked fast and struck 21.00 when we decided to move out and go to our designated platform 9B from where DJ Mail takes off daily. There was ample time for departure and no sign of rake anywhere. Our coach was B1, third of loco (the Haldibari Slip portion) and thanks to the perfect info regarding coach composition and PF allotment on IRI, my nerves were calm. The crowd was slowly building up and had eyes on the horizon. After a few moments, the gleaming clean rake finally appeared on the scene, led by a BGA shunter. The positioning of coaches was slightly ahead of the coach position indicators, so we had to walk a bit.
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First step inside the coaches and Wow! DJ Mail was pure class, befitting the benchmark of an ISO Certified Train. Everything was perfectly in place, the bedrolls had been kept, the interiors were sparkling and washrooms were dry and spotless. Our seats were 47 and 48, on the sides. The coach soon filled in, our adjacent bay had a 4 members of Nepali family and two elderly Bengali gentlemen all bound to NJP. Very soon, a few vendors again made their rounds, offering water bottles, dinner packets and other stuff. We got the starter at 21.57 and at the stroke of 22.00, we set out. Traversing through the various points, we slowly started picking up speed post BNXR and hit MPS soon. We were cruising past stations at a decent pace. Prior to Dankuni Jn, we were put on the Calcutta Connector line which connects SDAH with HWH-BWN Chord line. Having entered the high speed HB Chord, our loco 40090 WDP-4D, a huge monster from SGUJ cut loose and hit flat MPS, belting past stations furiously. The run was thrilling to the nerves as the EMD was making its presence felt in the land of electrics, as if saying to its electric counterparts “hum kisise kum nahin.”
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At around 22.35, TTE came and checked the tickets. After he had done his duty, the passengers started to make their respective beds. We too made ours and retired. Most of the lights were off by 23.00. The annihilation of HB Chord was in full swing and we made it to BWN at 23.40 after which I slept. I found myself awake at NFK at 03.40 and perhaps the highlight of the journey – the train over Farakka Barrage was a sight to behold. I slept again and awoke at around 06.30. I checked the train TT on IRI’s RailCal App and we were late and yet to reach Kishanganj. We were rolling at a decent pace. At Barsoi, I relished the wonderful curve and crossing with GHY-KOAA Garib Rath.
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At around 07.15, our train curved in to Kishanganj. A handful of people alighted here. On the adjacent platform, NJP-HWH Shatabdi arrived like a boss. We shook our hands with and took each other’s leave in a couple of minutes and picked up speed. KNE looked like a small trading town, with various lorries all over the place. The city had already woken up and groups of people could be seen sipping tea at roadside kiosks. It was already bright outside and the geography was soothing, with vast green fields everywhere. The farmers had begun their day too. Most of the passengers had woken up as well and the vendors made their rounds offering tea and coffee. A newspaper vendor too had his day with decent sales. On the last leg of the journey, the Dippy was trying its best to minimise the delay by hitting MPS whenever it can, but controllers had something else in mind. There were numerous slowdowns midway, kind of those 2 minute stop and go in the middle of nowhere. We were looped at Tin Mile Hat again and some train overtook us here. The passengers had already resigned to the fate and were restless to reach their destination and why not as we were within striking distance; but alas, were helpless. The halt was over 15 minutes as we were given starter again. This time, the controllers ensured a smooth run and we made it to PF-3 at NJP at 09.10. Thanks for reading :-)
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Pic-1: Train Board
Pic-2: Sealdah Facade
Pic-3: Victoria Memorial
Pic-4: Toy Train at Science City
Pic-5: Birla Mandir
Pic-6: Sunrise in NFR
Pic-7: NJP-HWH Shatabdi at Kishanganj

  

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A superb and outstanding travelogue Soumi. Indeed you excel yourself.

  

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Btw, I fear I have lost touch, thanks to the sms service named WA
No superlative word I can find in my vocabulory. All I can say it is a scintillating masterpiece of travelogues. May your tribe grow.

  
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Left me speech speechless! less!
Wonderful report,Soumitra. Left me speechless!
Simply great.

  
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Superb Report.
Is it second Queen of ER :)
First is our SDAH Rajdhani. Queen of ER.
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