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12052/Madgaon - Dadar Jan Shatabdi Express
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Jun 25 2016 (5:04PM)   12021/Howrah - Barbil Jan Shatabdi Express | HWH/Howrah Junction (23 PFs)

DURG NZM HUMSAFAR EXPRESS~   784 blog posts   954 correct pred (74% accurate)
Entry# 1906864            Tags   Past Edits
i know every janshatabadi expess is best for it's particular route so tell me in which of the following janshatabadi you loves to travel?
12021 HWH - BBN SE3%4
12023 HWH - PNBE ECR5%7
12055 NDLS - DDN NR3%4
12051 DR - MAO. CR23%33
12053 HW - ASR. NR1%2
12057 NDLS - UHL. NR3%4
12059 KOTA- NZM. WCR5%7
12061 HBJ - JBP. WCR14%20
12063 UHL - HW. NR0%0
12065 ALL - NZM. NWR1%2
12067 GHY - JTTN. NFR1%2
12069 RIG - G. SECR6%9
12071 DR - J. CR1%1
12073 HWH - BBS. ECOR5%7
12075 CLT- TVC. SR3%4
12077 MAS - BZA. SR7%10
12079 SBC - UBL. SWR10%15
12083 MV - CBE. SR2%3
12081 CAN - TVC SR3%4
12365 PNBE - RNC. ECR5%8

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Oct 25 2016 (9:42AM)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1347 blog posts
Re# 1906864-36            Tags   Past Edits
Right bro! About 20 km stretch between RJN & DGG have speed restriction of around 50kmph due to ghat at Salekasa-Darekasa, but rest of track is fairly straight and level Trains running at 105-110kmph can cover remaining section (245 kms of Durg-NGP sections) in around 3 hrs at an avg speed of almost 90kmph, if given through and through green signal. But this seldom happens today due to obstruction caused by a large number of freight trains operating on the route. Even the HWH-MGS 130kmph route have its slower/ hilly patches like Gurpa-Gajhandi section where even HWH Raj too slows down to restricted speed, so it is not a big problem.
Since 410km BSP-R-Durg-NGP has already been identified for upgradation to semi
high speed (160kmph), it looks like the frequent mega blocks being taken in the NSP-Durg section are meant for speed upgradationworks also along with other improvements/ maintenance works.
With NGP-SC also identified for Semi High speed upgradation, we can expect 130/160kmph trains on BSP-NGP-SC route in future.


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Oct 25 2016 (9:58AM)
Rajat   1177 blog posts   8 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 1906864-37            Tags   Past Edits
Future ~ 20 years hahaha


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Oct 25 2016 (10:27AM)
Pramodbhandari96   112 blog posts
Re# 1906864-38            Tags   Past Edits
Indian Railway ka Western Railway ?
Jo ki Ratlam Division ke Sath Bhed- Bhav karta hai ?


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Oct 25 2016 (10:30AM)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1347 blog posts
Re# 1906864-39            Tags   Past Edits
Yes bro! you have very rightly pointed out about the Kota JS! and thanks for the same!!
I just gave clarification to the superlative statements appearing about RIG JS which may appear a bit exaggerated.
My Post was just a highlight of special significance/sentiments, of RIG JS for CG people.
After all knowing the sentiments/ thoughts/ experience of esteemed IRI members, the
Railway enthusiasts from every nook and corner of India along with the IR news/ information is the USP of IRI, which makes it different from plain IR news reading in news papers/ other sources. We should not hesitate to speak our minds and enrich our IRI brethren. Even if any slip-of-tongue occurs, it should not be an issue amongst us. Blogging in such a free and entertaining environment is always a combo of enrichment+pleasure.


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Oct 25 2016 (11:56AM)
DURG NZM HUMSAFAR EXPRESS~   784 blog posts   954 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 1906864-40            Tags   Past Edits
Sabhi apni jagah thik h sir request to all maintain dignity of iri forum thanks
Departure: Sun Dec 04 2016 @ 16:10
12052/Madgaon - Dadar Jan Shatabdi Express
Trip# 99524    Traveller: TT of Goa Tejas is Disastrous*^~    Linked PNR Entry# 2080298
Class: 2nd Sitting - 2S
From: KKW/Kankavali
To: TNA/Thane
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Dec 04 2016 (4:53PM)
TT of Goa Tejas is Disastrous*^~   12911 blog posts   15185 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 2080298-1            Tags   Past Edits
Waiting at Kankavli for the train..
Expected by 5 pm , 50 mins late..
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Nov 20 2016 (12:41PM)   12051/Dadar - Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express (PT) | RN/Ratnagiri (3 PFs) | GOC/WDP-4B/40067

Nitin Kumar~   2422 blog posts   303 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2065885            Tags   Past Edits
12051 Dadar - Madgaon JanShatabdi Express | FULL JOURNEY | Mumbai to Ratnagiri (PART-I) !!
Video Link : click here
Presenting you a journey compilation from Mumbai to Ratnagiri (Part-I) onboard 12051 Dadar - Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express . My First Ever Janshatabdi ride :)
Up Your Volume and enjoy the Scenic view from Train in Central Railways & Konkan Railways .
Train is hauled by Ponmalai Golden Rock (GOC) WDP4B 40067 .
Stay Tuned for Part-II (Ratnagiri to Madgaon) .


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Nov 20 2016 (12:57PM)
suyashchandra26   529 blog posts   455 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 2065885-1            Tags   Past Edits
The multi coloured coaches & the the green scenery looks awesome


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Nov 21 2016 (7:14PM)
Mazi IRI   547 blog posts
Re# 2065885-2            Tags   Past Edits
nice coverage..... I hav watched in U tube...
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Nov 14 2016 (9:29AM)   12051/Dadar - Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express (PT) | SRVX/Suravali (2 PFs)

PixelTrailzDotCom*^~   1716 blog posts   49 correct pred (76% accurate)
Entry# 2059230            Tags   Past Edits
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Dadar bound Madgaon Dadar Janshatabdi rushes past Suravali sheltered safely under a canopy of trees
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Departure: Tue Nov 08 2016 @ 05:50
12051/Dadar - Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express (PT)
Trip# 97093    Traveller: TT of Goa Tejas is Disastrous*^~    Linked PNR Entry# 2037769
Class: 2nd Sitting - 2S
From: TNA/Thane
To: KKW/Kankavali
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Nov 08 2016 (5:49AM)
Warrier is BACK*^~   6070 blog posts   113 correct pred (51% accurate)
Re# 2037769-2            Tags   Past Edits
HJ Joshua.....with a DQ coach ...top speed will be 110 kmph instead of 120 kmph


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Nov 08 2016 (5:58AM)
TT of Goa Tejas is Disastrous*^~   12911 blog posts   15185 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 2037769-3            Tags   Past Edits
Thane 05:56 dep..


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Nov 08 2016 (5:59AM)
TT of Goa Tejas is Disastrous*^~   12911 blog posts   15185 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 2037769-4            Tags   Past Edits
Top speed is 110 only for JS nw Rahul bhai..


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Nov 12 2016 (6:58AM)
Warrier is BACK*^~   6070 blog posts   113 correct pred (51% accurate)
Re# 2037769-5            Tags   Past Edits
so only TVC Raj goes at 120 KMPH now ??


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Nov 12 2016 (6:37PM)
TT of Goa Tejas is Disastrous*^~   12911 blog posts   15185 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 2037769-6            Tags   Past Edits
Yea.. Right bro.
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Nov 11 2016 (4:13PM)   10103/Mandovi Express | NIV/Nivasar (2 PFs)

▅ ▆ ▇ █★KR ♥ Lover ♥ Forever★█ ▇ ▆ ▅~   10296 blog posts   3405 correct pred (57% accurate)
Entry# 2056367            Tags   Past Edits
12052 Jan Shatabdi Express was made to wait for late running 10103 Mandovi Exp at a scenic location on Konkan Railway, Nivsar.
10103 Mumbai Madgaon Mandovi Express was hauled by WDP4 #20031 and 12052 Madgaon Dadar Jan Shatabdi Exp was hauled by GOC WDP4D #40101
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Sep 09 2016 (9:52PM)   10104/Mandovi Express | MAO/Madgaon Junction (3 PFs) | GOC/WDP-4D/40106

LHB for TN Express~   801 blog posts   181 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 1986405            Tags   Past Edits
Continued from /blog/post/1986084
A scheduled halt at Kulem which lasted 10mins; saw us click a lot pics. A fully loaded Freighter was allowed to ascend the ghats as soon as we arrived. It was banked by EMD triplets from UBL. Post Kulem; barring a 2min halt at Kudchade, we barrelled ahead at MPS till Madgaon. ERS WDM2A led Mangalore passenger rushed southwards as we crawled to a halt at MAO home. A few minutes later; we were given the starter to enter pf3. Mangalore Madgaon Intercity
Express was expected on pf2. Trivandrum Rajdhani led by its customary link GOC WDP3A; pulled into pf1 for a scheduled halt. We waited quite some time for it at MAO, and were given the green as soon as the Rajdhani arrived. Post Madgaon it was a rainy ride till Dabolim. KJM WDG4 led Goa express crossed at Suravali and the Janshatabdi from Dadar led by a GOC WDP4D; rushed past just as we veered away to the left immediately after Majorda Jn. The rains gave us a break as we crawled into Vasco; a good 70minutes late.
Being a port terminal; the station saw very less passenger activity. On most days the station wears a deserted look after the arrival of the last passenger from Kulem. The clerk in charge of verification and allotment of Retiring rooms was a bit surprised when I flashed my RR printout copy.
“Maine socha aap aaoge hi nahi” [I thought you will not come at all]
‘Train late thi sir; mein kya karta?” [The train was late sir, what can I do?]
I understood his shock; I had booked the RR from 8 in the morning; although my train arrived at 15:05 in the afternoon. But it was my turn to be shocked when he asked me to pay up an additional Rs. 150 for the ‘EXTRA’ Person.
I Protested, “Sir, humne Family room book kiya hua hai 3 logon ke liye. Yeh extra ka kya chakkar hai?” [Sir, we had booked a Family room for 3 people. What is this about the Extras?]
‘Sir, aapne double bed room book kiya hai, yahan family room nahi hain. Extra ek aadmi ke liye extra paise lagte hain’. [Sir, you have booked a double room. There are no Family rooms here, You have to pay up for the Extra person.]
I was too tired to argue and didn’t want to create a scene either; something which I regret even now. We got rooms at 1/3rd the cost of the cheapest hotel available in the vicinity. I paid up after a consultation with the buddies.
NOTE: IRCTC will allow you to book Family rooms in Vasco. But the Station doesn’t have any Family rooms. All are double Bed rooms. If you think you have paid already and there is no need to pay again; then you will not be allowed into the room.
After completion of formalities, all of us dumped our bags into the room; and took a well deserved rest. Chats, Chai and a walk in the beach made better of an evening which was preceded by a very hectic 24hours. A Bonus spotting was a surprise encounter with the reptile kind on our way back to the station. An all in one package, that’s what this trip was.
11. ‘Thanni la Gandam’; THE JINX RETURNS
The rains overnight did not deter our spirits to go Railfanning at the banks of the Zuari River, near the bridge. We hoped for a cloudy day; but it went bad to worse to hopeless. After spotting the passenger from Ratnagiri and the Mumbai bound Mandovi, we decided to abandon spotting the Mumbai – Mangalore ‘Rocket’ Superfast; as NTES showed it to be running late by more than hour. And with no proper shelter to give some cover; staying there any longer in the incessant rains was a waste. The 3 of us on 2 Activas; decided to head towards Dona Paula. Despite the rains, we somehow managed to ride. Just as we were descending the road bridge; a loud ALCo honk caught our attention, it was the Rocket. Our impatience got the better of us. Well; this was just the beginning, there was more to come.
While riding to Dona Paula; I figured something was wrong. Even at the breakfast stop en-route where we had some not-so South Indian Dosas from a so-called Malabar Restaurant; I didn’t realize that ‘I DID NOT CLOSE THE ZIP OF MY CAMERA BAG& HAD JUST DUMPED IT INTO MY SHOULDER BAG’.
DAMN!!!! My camera was drenched in the rain. This turned out to be the scariest moment of my life. After failed attempts to get the camera working in Dona Paula; I rode back to Vasco and hunted in Google Maps for any Canon Service centre in and around VSG.
Hell hath no fury like my mother if she had gotten to know that my carelessness destroyed my camera. The Locals mentioned that any sort of repair work; would be done only in Panji. Damn!
Blame my brains for planning a trip to Goa in the monsoon season. Of all the places that I could have gone to; Goa and Mumbai were the ones I chose.
‘It is Fate Adi; this could have happened in your own home; don’t curse yourself so much. Think of what can be done next.’
I lost my appetite out of fear; the two of them had to literally drag me to an Udupi restaurant for dinner.
12. JOURNEY ONBOARD THE FOOD KING – One more in the ‘First Time’ list
I rang up Akshay; who was on his way to Goa to join us in the rest of the trip. He gave assurance that there would definitely be a CANON Service centre in Mumbai; and asked me to relax a bit. How I wished I could.
The Station Manager at Vasco was kind enough to guide us on the taxi and bus fares in Vasco. We were to board the Mandovi Express the next morning from MAO at 08:30. He assured that Taxis won’t charge any less than 800 bucks for a drop to MAO. He did mention though that there was a bus at 05:30 starting right from in front of Vasco Station, and that would drop us at Madgaon KTC Bus Stand; from where we would get Autos to MAO. We found that to be a good alternative.
At a net expense of Rs. 65 per head; bus and auto combined; we couldn’t have asked for a better mode of transport to MAO. Akshay was already there waiting for us on pf1; having arrived by the Goa Express. We could also spot Mumbai LTT bound Netravati Express. It left within minutes after we reached. We freshened up and I guided Sriram and Sri to the Benjo Restaurant in pf1 for some hot Buns. Akshay and I decided to skip it; I was lost in trying to get my camera working well again and Akshay was not hungry.
Immediately after the Ernakulam bound Duronto arrived and departed; our ride to Mumbai; the Mandovi Express was shunted into pf1, by its own power; an offlink –GOC WDP4D 40106. The UBL EMD cycle was broken somewhere. We settled down in our seats in S4 and were on our way at exactly half past 8.
The primary reason for including this train in the itinerary was the food; and I must say; the ‘FOOD KING’ as the Mandovi is fondly addressed by Railfans; did not disappoint. I do admit for missing out on the Ksheera Upma; for which I got ample scoldings from @binnu; will try it out next time macha.
The run of Mandovi was a very relaxed and laidback one. With plenty of halts; food and trains were enough to keep me going on such a slow train. The rains gave us company all the way to Sawantwadi road; where we crossed the Madgaon bound Konkankanya Express.
The crossings kept coming; freight, express and all; but the one which we looked out for came after Ratnagiri; at Nandgaon road to be precise. The southbound Trivandrum Rajdhani led by GOC WDP3A crossed us here. With the crossing of the Rajdhani done; we kept wondering where ‘The Overtake’ will happen. On a Wednesday journey in the Mandovi; the TVC Raj can be spotted both ways; towards Mumbai there is an overtake; while towards Madgaon there is a crossing. What we didn’t realize at that moment was, that it was the monsoon schedule; which meant that Mandovi would reach Panvel well ahead of the northbound Trivandrum Rajdhani. A Candid pic clicked at the time I was verifying the same; led my Guruji to ridicule me.
‘What has the world come to? So – called railfans and what they do? The same old stare-at-your-phone while the attractive world outside a railway carriage passes these souls by... ’
Well, now I really didn’t how to counter that one.
As mentioned earlier; food was one of the main reasons for including Mandovi in this trip. The breakfast options were Bread Cutlet, Bread Omlette& Cheese Sandwich. Lunch was served somewhere near Sawantwadi road. Options included Egg Biryani with Egg Curry; Veg Biryani with Onion Raita and Chinese Hakka Noodles. All options were tried. And taste was quite good; while the price was not much of a pinch on the pocket. Samosa was served with two side dishes that day. In the morning; when I bought a plate near Pernem; we got the spicy green chutney along with the Samosa. The raw aroma of the green chillies mashed with coariander and possibly a dash of ginger to save the taste buds; was a great flavour to go along with the Aloo Samosa which itself was quite Tasty. In the afternoon; we bought a plate of Samosas with what we call ‘Milagai Podi’ down south. It was equally tasty. A Cup of chai washed down the throat after these flavours refreshed the mood. It is worth mentioning, that the chai along the entire route was quite tasty. Surprisingly we had chai at 4 different rates that day; Rs. 5; 7; 8& 10. And the quantity varied accordingly. Thankfully though; the taste was more or less the same.
The disappointment of not spotting a Ro-Ro rake that day was compensated by the plethora of crossings along the route. Mumbai Mangalore ‘Rocket’ Superfast at Thivim, Konkankanya at Sawantwadi road; Dadar Sawantwadi Rajyarani at Kudal, Trivandrum Rajdhani at Nandgaon road; Dadar Madgaon Janshatabdi at Vilavade, Mumbai LTT Madgaon Double Decker at Nivasar; MAO bound Mandovi at Sangameshwar road, Netravati Express at Karanjadi, Matsyagandha Express at Roha, Mumbai LTT – Hubballi express at Panvel, and Mumbai CST Firozpur Punjab Mail at Parsik Tunnel made up the list of notable crossings. An added bonus spotting was the overtake by the legendary Geetanjali express; led by an SRC WAP4 roaring through Thane as we pulled in for a scheduled halt. The array of departures from Mumbai, along with the fast and slow locals made up for the rest of the evening as we crawled into Dadar pf6 for a halt; from where we walked over to the Western lines and took an EMU to our retiring rooms in BCT.
After completing the long verification process in BCT; we headed to our retiring rooms in the third floor. The rooms were quite spacious for a 2 bed room and were quite ancient too in terms of looks. The layout was quite interesting. There were 2 dorms; 4 air conditioned rooms& 4 non AC rooms. Rooms 7 to 10 were non AC. While 7& 8 were on the third floor, room 9& 10 were a floor down; the access of which was from the third floor only. In short if anyone was to get room 9/10; they would have to take the lift or stairs to the third floor, verify their details with the attendant, and walk through the entire corridor to the flight of stairs at the other end; from where they will have to descend towards their rooms.
The next day, my friends woke up to take the 06:55 CST KSRA Fast to Khardi; for some RF. Ironically, I decided the location and couldn’t go with them myself. After taking some more rest; I went down to the Janata Aahar canteen for some simple yet scrumptious breakfast, consisting of 2 slices of bread coated with butter; a piece of cutlet and some dip tea. After roaming around the platforms of BCT till the departure of the Saurashtra Express; I went back, changed, noted down the address of the CANON service centre and boarded a Virar fast towards Goregaon. The map attached in the justdial link misguided me to Goregaon whereas the Centre was located near the Western Express Highway Metro in ‘Andheri’. A long walk from Goregaon station to the Hub mall and, several enquiries later, I managed an auto which took me to the building where I was headed. A simple phone call to the service centre would have gotten me there even earlier; but no. Google maps zindabad. And common sense goes for a toss.
Thankfully the issue was not that serious; and was resolved in a few minutes. While coming back; I boarded a 332 double decker bus to Kurla after getting my camera checked. Initially; when I spotted the metro, the idea of taking a metro to Ghatkopar and local from thereon seemed good. But a couple of double decker buses that went by changed my mind. I was boarding a double decker bus after nearly 2 decades. Even when they were prevalent in Chennai about 15 years ago; didn’t travel in them, not even once. The fascination for the upper deck had not decreased even a bit; the child in me was still alive. I was glad.
332 dropped me in Kurla west after a bumpy ride of about 45minutes. When I went in, I got a call from my friends that they were on board a fast local headed back to CST. I boarded the local just after theirs and joined them in the FOB connecting DR and DDR. Everyone was tired& we decided to take some rest and visit the Gateway in the evening.
Yes, the fact that I had boarded a double decker bus got the interest of all of my friends. On our previous trip, we had spotted the Double Decker bus plying in route 124 which connected BCT& CST. This time, we waited patiently and our patience was rewarded. Within 15minutes of us reaching the bus stop, we boarded a 124 headed straight to the upper deck. En-route Akshay talked about the history of the famed Bombay Underworld, the book Dongri to Dubai; Haji Mastan, Varadajan Mudaliar; and the most famous of all – Dawood Ibrahim. A lot was talked about the history of Mumbai; its underworld, the development of the railways, the city and much more; as we meandered through the crowded streets. Time flew and before we knew it; we were in front of the Gateway. And so were hundreds of others.
Akshay and I were at it again; discussing the history of Gateway; the terror attack on the Taj Hotel, the movie ‘A Wednesday’ & eventually the discussion came back to Railways. Sriram and Sri spent their time clicking snaps and looking around. They had been here already. After spending about a couple of hours there; we headed out and boarded a Taxi to take us to Churchgate. We had to vacate our Retiring rooms and settle in the dorm of BCT for the next 12hours. Unfortunately we couldn’t manage a 48 hour booking; and hence this arrangement had to suffice. We boarded a Virar Fast from CCG but thankfully didn’t have to go to DDR. If you have visited Dadar during peak hours you know why I am being thankful.
Sriram and Sri had managed an AC room for the night; so we dumped our bags in their room and left for dinner. The BCT railwire WiFi was fast enough to attract the three of them into the platforms. After purchasing the platform tickets; we went towards the Dadar end of pf5 and stayed there till the Indore bound Duronto was shunted in; which was around 23:10. Even the RPF personnel was surprised when we said ‘We stay in the retiring rooms’; probably her perception of the next gen was different. Maybe she didn’t expect us to roam around the platforms of BCT when the last train was shunted in and we didn’t board, maybe she assumed something about us. Maybe......
Akshay headed to Pune by Indrayani on some personal work and asked me to save his seat in 11013; as he would be boarding the same. He had forgotten to change the boarding point 24hours before the departure time; and hence both of us were dependant on the TTE. After he left, the rest of us checked out; went to the Janata Aahar Canteen again, had breakfast and headed to Dadar. The reason for depositing the luggage in Dadar’s Locker room was; Sriram and Sri were to board the 12163 Dadar – Chennai ‘Super’ Express from there later in the day. And after seeing them off; I was contemplating doing the local train ride to Tilaknagar; the station closest to LTT. We went to Dadar (W); and took a Taxi for a quick visit to Siddhivinayak Mandir; and later boarded a bus from there to Gateway. En-route we also had a darshan of Haji Ali Mosque; the visit to which is still pending. After purchasing tickets; the three of us headed to the jetty to board a boat to the Elephanta caves.
The boat made its way through all the bigger ships parked off-port; and after an hour or so we reached the Elephanta caves. Poor planning and sea ride during full moon day; got the better of us. The rains didn’t help either. After somewhat exploring the Elephanta caves; which included a Rs. 10 per head ride from the jetty to a certain distance onboard the Toy Train, we returned back. I was not at all surprised to see the boat owners trying to make a quick buck during the 1hr ride back.
Rs. 10 for a cup of chai; Chips sold at MRP; Extra 20 bucks for a ride in the boat’s upper deck; they left no stone unturned in making brisk business. Back at Gateway; the rains lashed out furiously; Umbrellas and raincoats were out; and people lunged on to the share taxis headed to various destinations. We boarded a CST bound Taxi and reached the station in about 15minutes. Avoiding the long Queues; I headed straight to a gentleman sitting near an ATVM machine.
‘Kahan jaana hai beta?’ [Where do you want to go Son?]
‘Uncle, 3 ticket Dadar ka de dijiye.’ [Uncle, please give me 3 tickets to Dadar]
Within minutes we were in the platforms. Here is where common sense was flushed and thrown away. In urgency to board the next Dadar bound local, we boarded a Karjat Fast and didn’t even realize it until we pulled out of CST.
Realization dawned on us quite late; due to the heavy rains; tracks were submerged near the ramp before Masjid; and locals followed a caution of 15kmph. Railway staff was busy in pumping out the water. It was at that time I paid some partial attention to the lady whose voice echoed amidst the chaos in the coach.
“.................................... karjat .................................... 15 dabba..........................; pudil station byculla”
I silenced the other two who were chitchatting away right next to me; and asked them to pay attention. By then; the Hindi Announcement also came to an end; and the aunty started speaking in angrezi.......
“This is a 15 car Fast Local bound for Karjat, Next station is Byculla”; this was enough to freeze all of us for a moment.
I yelled at them; ‘Ada paavigala; erum bodhu gavanikkave illaya da? Ellathayum vittutu Karjat vandi laya erradhu?’ [You Idiots; didn’t you notice while boarding? Of all the locals, you had to board a Karjat Fast ?]
All three of us started discussing the perils we would face while getting down; a gentleman interrupted our discussion.
‘Thambi, endha ooru neenga?’ [Brother, Where are you from?]
‘Chennai Sir’ [I responded.]
‘Dadar la dhaane eranganum? Naanum ange dhan eranga poren, naan solra maadhri seyyunga’ he said – [You want to get down at Dadar right? I am also going to get down there; do as I say]
‘Station platform ku ulla pona udane; konjam doorathula oru First Class board onnu varum, appo ready aayikonga. Konjam doorathula rendavadhu board varum, adhu thaandina udane running laye erangirunga. Vandi nikkara varaikkum porumaya irundha ungala eranga vida maatanga; ulla thalli vitturuvanga. Naan correct ah signal kudukkaren; adhe follow panni erangidunga’
[As soon as the train enters the station; in a little distance, a First Class Board will appear; get ready at that time. In some more distance; one more First Class board will come, at that time get down while the train is still in motion. If you wait for the train to stop, the crowd won’t allow you to get down. I will give you the signal at the exact place; get down immediately.]
It was just like how he described; as we approached Dadar, there was this sea of people waiting to board the train. And the gentleman got down as described; and the three of us followed suit. Thankfully, we didn’t get crushed underfoot. I swear, never am I going to board a Karjat Fast again, in my life. The gentleman was probably headed to the Western line; I gave him a wave to thank him; as he disappeared into the crowd on the FOB.
Then later; after some snacks from a stall on pf5; we settled on a bench towards the KYN end of pf6, watching all locals and Express trains go by. The Chennai bound ‘Super’ was already occupying pf7& the Tirunelveli bound Superfast Express was on pf8. It was then that I saw the crowd of all outgoing locals. It was enough to make me back down on my decision of taking an EMU ride to LTT. At around 18:45; just as the Vidarbha Express announcements got the crowd on pf5 buzzing about; I decided to take a Taxi to LTT. The lashing rains and Mumbai’s infamous traffic made me take this step. A Taxi was asked for; and I agreed for the price of Rs. 500; and reached LTT in just about 40minutes. Later, local RFs made me realize that the meter fare would have turned out much lesser; one more lesson – learned the hard way.....
After buying some dinner; I went to the Sleeper Class Waiting room on pf1, my cell and camera batteries required some charging. I was constantly in touch with Akshay, when another friend called up. This guy is my neighbour in Bangalore; and was travelling in my train with me upto Bangalore, albeit in a different coach. He left from his brother-in-law’s house in Bhayandar at around 19:00, which on a non-monsoon day should have been just right. But his bad luck was dancing on his head; his local was held up somewhere near Goregaon for about 45minutes, and thereon moved very slowly. He got down at Andheri at 21:30, and managed an Auto from there to LTT. Despite all the desperate attempts by the ‘bechara Auto Driver’, they couldn’t make it before 22:40, my memories of missing KSK got refreshed.
In his own words; he arrived at 22:40; paid the Auto Driver; and ran into the station. He saw the digital display board saying “11013 Coimbatore Express D 22:35 PF 4” and jumped into the train on pf1, and onto the tracks of pf2, only to find Kushinagar on pf3& his train missing from pf4. He requested me to pull the chain and hold the train for a bit; but I politely refused; not used to doing such activities.
There were a line of arrivals and departures at that time; LTT-Shalimar departed from pf2 at 22:00; followed by LTT-Rajendranagar (T) express at 22:15 from pf5. The next in line was my train which was led by a KJM WDP4 and departed on time. Saket Express arrived at around 21:00, and pulled into pf1.
Negotiating the turnouts, my train twisted and turned its way out of Mumbai; as I bade goodbye to the financial capital of India; swearing to come prepared next time. It was time to head home as of now.
The LTT – CBE Express crawled through the waterlogged 5th and 6th line stretch upto Thane; invariably delaying the run. We took a good 65minutes to reach Thane; stopping and starting quite frequently. The Mumbai Solapur Siddeshwar Express overtook my train as we were struggling to pick up speed. With three back to back departures in a span of 35mins; water-logging doesn’t really help maintain the pace. Akshay gave me a call to verify that that my train had departed. I promised to stay awake till Kalyan to look out for TTE. But the TTE didn’t make his appearance at all; missed the train due to traffic jam maybe?
As we pulled into Pune, I woke up to realize that we were close to 1hour late. We came to a halt on pf3; I looked out for Akshay; and could see him banging the door. It was latched from the inside. I immediately went and opened it. And both of us woke the guy sleeping on Akshay’s berth; the guy’s seat was in S5; and he had fallen asleep in the same berth no. in S4. No energy left to chitchat anymore; the two of us wished each other Goodnight and went to sleep; only to wake up a couple of stations before Solapur. The delay of 1hour was maintained. I was nervous. This train has a horrible history of late arrivals at Bangalore City; with arrivals in the range of 22:15 to 01:30hrs; instead of the scheduled 21:50.
A few weeks prior to this trip, I had gone to receive Appa who was coming by 12027 Shatabdi Express from Chennai. Surprisingly that day; the 11013 CBE express arrived SBC on time at 21:50& and the Shatabdi ended up arriving 20mins late. I would have loved it if this episode were to repeat. The present scenario didn’t seem favourable though. As we pulled into Solapur; Akshay quickly bade me goodbye and ran towards the Ticket counter to buy a ticket for the further journey to his home. He boarded the Basava Express which arrived at the same time. The only respite he had was that there was a loco reversal for Basava Express at Solapur and he could come back in time to board it. We pulled out after a scheduled 10mins halt. New Delhi bound Karnataka Express crossed us at Hotgi Jn. led by twin GTL WDM3Ds.
Tilati is a totally different station now. It is not what it used to be about 18months ago. The station now has 2 loops apart from the mainline and the second platform is also ready. Doubling has eaten away a beautiful station with scissors crossing layout. I still remember seeing a board at the home signal of this station in the WADI end; ‘NO LOOP FOR KARNATAKA EXPRESS AND BTPN’. The use of that board had come to an end now.
YPR SUR Superfast was looped for us in Akalkot road& Wadi Solapur Passenger crossed us at Ganagapur road. As we barrelled ahead at MPS; the blue sky with cotton-like clouds gave a welcome relief from the constant rains over the previous few days. The run between Solapur and Wadi was spectacular. The special spotting in this stretch was the scissors crossing at Bablad with the Mumbai bound Udyan Express. We got the starter as soon as Udyan entered the loop and started reversing into the back end line. It was a nice parallel run with the reversing Udyan. Our delay had come down to 40minutes by the time we reached Gulbarga.
A Lot of unreserved Passengers boarded the train at Gulbarga and some of them went upto Krishna; the river had a fair amount of water. Most of the other passengers got down at Raichur. A Passenger train headed towards Gulbarga departed immediately after we entered Wadi Jn. On any other day, due to the delay with which we had reached Wadi, we would have been overtaken by the Pune Secunderabad Shatabdi Express. But that day, the Shatabdi itself was delayed by about 40minutes. This meant we could walk out of Wadi Jn. without any further increase in delay.
Turn right; Proceed to Bangalore City.
Bangalore Nanded Express headed by a GTL WDM3D; Chennai Mumbai mail led by a GY WDM3D; Kanniyakumari Mumbai Jayanthi Janata Express led by yet another GY WDM3D; were some of the key crossings in the otherwise damp run from Wadi to Guntakal. A nice siesta post Manthralayam rd, saw me wake up at Guntakal home. We were still lagging behind by about 30minutes; when we pulled into pf5. After an extended 20min halt, we departed towards Gooty Jn. As the KJM EMD was cooling its heels in pf5; the Dadar bound 12164 Super Express arrived pf4, led by AJJ WAP1 22007. A Pune WDG3A was ready to take charge of the same train till Pune.
It was a brisk run upto Gooty Jn., from where we took a right turn to move towards Bangalore. We were about to enter that stretch where 11013 usually gets delayed on most occasions, since it is the only train on most days which arrives Bangalore from this side in the evening. In most cases, this train is looped for all outgoing trains departing from Bangalore in the afternoon. Some smart controlling and the delay is usually maintained or reduced; if otherwise, 11013 bears the brunt. My anxiousness was getting the better of me. I was even considering going upto Hosur or Dharmapuri in case we were delayed a lot; since even an Express bus fare from Dharmapuri would be cheaper than the Auto fare I would have to pay from SBC to home; that I would be wasting more time is another story but hey, it was cheaper.
But fortunately; the delay didn’t increase. The weather became more pleasant as we moved towards Dharmavaram. Bangalore Cantt Vijayawada Passenger crossed led by a GTL ALCo. A couple of unscheduled halts later, we crawled into pf1 of Dharmavaram Jn.; where we crossed the Jaipur bound bi-weekly Superfast Express led by MLY WDM3A twins. The train pulled out of pf2 as soon as we came to a halt on pf1. Bhubaneshwar bound Prasanthi Express crossed us at Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam, a scheduled halt for both trains. Later on GY WDP4D led Kondaveedu Express was looped for us in some wayside station. Pretty soon, we reached Chakarlapalli and entered the loop for allowing the Yeshvantpur Kacheguda express to pass. At the very next station Malugur, we were looped again; this time for a crossing with our counterpart; the 11014 Coimbatore Mumbai LTT express, led by a KJM WDP4. It was twilight by this time, and as we crossed Hindupur, darkness had set in. Basava Express crossed us at Hindupur; followed by Bangalore City Hindupur passenger at Someshwara. Bangalore City Kacheguda Superfast led by KJM WDG3A twins crossed at Thondebhavi. Yeshvantpur Bidar Express led by a KJM WDM3A, was waiting in Makalidurga loop as we cruised past. At Oddarahalli, we were looped to make way for the New Delhi bound Karnataka Express, led by twin GTL WDM3Ds. Bad luck was when we were received into pf1 of Doddaballapur, pf2 was occupied by a freighter (blocking the view), and in a few minutes; the Nizamuddin bound Rajdhani express rushed through

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Sep 12 2016 (3:52PM)
Piyush S~   1543 blog posts   65 correct pred (72% accurate)
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Nice report..
But why this unnecessary stations and trains tagged (its too many tags)?


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Oct 02 2016 (6:43PM)
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Thanks for the kind words! Of course it can be, which was one of the reasons for writing this!


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Oct 02 2016 (6:44PM)
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Written in one go


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Oct 02 2016 (6:45PM)
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None were unnecessary, all appear in this report


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Oct 03 2016 (3:04PM)
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This is easily the most detailed trip report I have read in a while.
★★★  Rail Fanning

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Jun 21 2015 (9:44PM)   12051/Dadar - Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express (PT) | CHI/Chiplun (2 PFs)

Syed Zohaibullah   143 blog posts
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The Konkan coast gets ready to welcome the Monsoon with light drizzles and hazy blue environs. Seen here is the Karmali-bound Janshatabdi from Dadar making its way by the Vashisti river towards Chiplun in Konkan Railway, Maharashtra on a cold morning. (View in Fullscreen)

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Nice pic sir.


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Bilkul sahi. Agreed.. Ap itna gusa kyo hote hai k bhaiya..?! Bade educated logo ko cum gusa krna chahiye.


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@moderator. kindly remove the objection pleaseee


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prakrtik saundraya bahut kam badalta hai, sirf dekhne wale badalta hai camra to usko ek yaaddast banata hai to esme objection kaisa sansaar kisi ek ka to hai nahin, kripya ise prestige issue na banaiye dhanyabad


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Very nice click. :D
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Oct 26 2016 (9:18PM)   12051/Dadar - Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express (PT)

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My September 2016 Trip by 12051 Dadar- Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express from Thane- Kudal...!!!
The train arrived Thane at perfect 05.52 am it was hauling with GOC WDP4D #40115#
The train was given topmost priority till Mangaon.... Without any crossing this train Was running Ontime Till Mangaon...!!! At Karanjadi & Vinhere.... the train was slowed down & the RoRo was running ahead... & RoRo was given priority...!!! We Got First Loop At Khed... waited for 17 mins for 12617 Ernakulam- Harat Niauddin Mangala Lakshwadeep Express It was hauling with GOC WDP4B #40075#
The 2nd loop was given AT Anjani.... waited for 12483 Kochuveli- Amritsar Express Then The train ran on top priority again till Sangameshwar Road...!!! as i was had a ticket of 2nd class there was not any charging point in the bogue.... Secondly, Jan Shatabdi Should Get Original Jan Shatabdi's ICF Rake but in our rake My bogie i.e D9, D8, D3 Was Deccan Queen Livery...!!! Which as unsatisfactory. There Was No Food Suppliers In 2nd Class.... At Sangameshwar Road we Gave A Xing to 11086 Madgaon- LTT Double Decker Express... but our train was crawled from the Loopline.... which delayed us by more 3- 4 mins... At Ukshi we were Looped Again for 16346 Tiruvananthapuram- LTT Netravati Express Then The Train Ran With A Clear Run Till Ratnagiri.....At Nivasar we were given a Exact Halt of 35 Mins For 50106 Sawantwadi- Diva Passenger...!!! Which Was Ridiculous.... Then Again We Were looped At Vilavade For 10104 UP Mandovi... Then A Perfect Clear Till Kudal....... The Journey Was Awesome, Delightful... but I Request KR n CR Officials To Provide A Original Rake For Jan Shatabdi.... & KR Officials Should Give A Top Priority Run For A Superfast Train
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Sep 09 2016 (5:32PM)   22134/Yesvantpur - Solapur SF Express | YPR/Yesvantpur Junction (6 PFs) | PUNE/WDM-3D/11347

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“When it comes to planning and executing a trip, you tend to do it well”; one well-wisher of mine said, I agree with that to some extent. With a list of places is in mind, all available options are explored, all permutations and combinations calculated; and finally according to the convenience of the travellers, the plan is readied. Yes, I can do that much; It is the execution that fails horribly sometimes. My friends Sriram and Sri listed out many options,
exploring the Malabar Coast from Mangalore to Shoranur, moving along the Akola-Khandwa-Mhow line, a re-visit to the MG sections of Saurashtra; before finally zeroing in on a simple Bangalore – Dudhsagar – Goa – Mandovi – Mumbai – back home trip. Well, that was simple enough. What remained to be seen was how and to what extent successful, this trip was going to be.
After a prolonged debate, when the dates were finally decided; booking of tickets turned out to be a little more than just easy. “Dei I will board Rani Chennamma and join you guys in UBL da”, my protests fell into deaf ears. My friends were adamant that we should travel together right from Guntakal, where we were to board the Slip portion of the Amaravati Express. They couldn’t come to Bangalore; one of them had an exam that morning; I couldn’t go to Chennai; it was my mother’s birthday. After much debate and discussion; the tickets were finally booked and we all were ready to leave on one fine Sunday of June.
3. THE JINX STRIKES; Again......
After having spent a wonderful day with my mother; I prepared to leave for Yeshvantpur, the jinxed station as my mother would time and again call it; just to tease me. To be on the safer side, I left from home a good three hours ahead of my train’s scheduled departure time. The usual changeover of buses was done at Majestic bus station, just outside SBC. I was even contemplating taking any available train from SBC to YPR. But all options had departed already. Green Line Metro, why you no reach SBC yet??? After entering Yeshvantpur from Tumkur road entrance at 19:30, bought a water bottle from the nearest stall, and comfortably forgot the bottle there itself. Realization dawned on me nearly 40minutes later; when thirst parched my throat and I was on pf1. Well, one could argue that I could have walked back and claimed the bottle which I had paid for; lack of interest struck me just then. I simply bought another bottle and let the station atmosphere sync in; just to distract myself. The Jinx had struck and it was just about the beginning.....
Within minutes of my reaching YPR, the daily Superfast Express bound for Howrah departed behind a relatively new WAP7 from LGD shed – 30452. The entire station was bustling with activity. Barring pf5, all other platforms were busy for the next hour or so. The rake of the Delhi bound KSK was shunted into pf6 at quarter past 8; while its counterpart pulled into pf4 about 20mins later. The Kannur bound express departed from pf2 at 20:00hrs sharp, led by a WDM3D from Erode. My ride till Guntakal, the Solapur Superfast Express was waiting for its starter on pf1 led by a WDM3D from Pune. Meanwhile the clouds decided to open up for a brief period, the station, its occupants, both man& machine – were completely drenched. Bangalore Rajdhani came to an unscheduled halt on pf2 and left. The PC staff could be seen readying themselves to serve Dinner. Just as we were pulling out; the Kochuveli bound Garibrath was shunted into pf3 – 2mins before its scheduled departure time.
20:58 – The Journey Starts.
After getting down at Guntakal at 01:40hrs, loss of sleep for an additional 2hours was warranted. I set the alarm for 01:00hrs and successfully managed to get up 15mins ahead of it. How I manage to do so while travelling on trains, is something which I haven’t been able to figure out as yet. There were three crossings between Kalluru and Guntakal; Mysuru bound Hampi Express led by a UBL WDP4; Bangalore bound SBC Raj led by a KJM WDP4D& the Gorakhpur Yeshvantpur Superfast led by MLY WDM3A twins. The run between Kalluru Jn and Guntakal Jn. was dull. We had accumulated a delay of 30mins while pulling into Guntakal pf2. Our counterpart was waiting for us on pf1 led by a WDG3A from Pune. By then, my friends had confirmed that their Egmore – Kacheguda express had reached Gooty on time, and they had boarded the Haripriya express for the short ride to Guntakal. Tired, weary, eyes ready to shut at any instant; I somehow pulled myself from pf2 to the waiting area at GY end of pf4. That wait before my connecting train arrived seemed like eternity.
6. SLUMBER IN THE YARD – A First time experience.
The funda of the Slip portion of Amaravati Express became clear that day. Co-incidentally, the train my friends were in; and our ride to Goa arrived simultaneously. AJJ WAP1 hauled Haripriya Express and GY WDP4D hauled Kacheguda Yeshvantpur Express pulled into pf4& pf5 respectively at exactly 03:30hrs. Thankfully two of them had managed to scamper all the way from the S3 coach they had boarded at BAY end to our B3 at GY end. 3 coaches come attached with the Kacheguda Yeshvantpur Express, an SL, a 3AC& an SLR; these got uncoupled at Guntakal and were shunted to the Yard, where they took rest for the next 1hour; while their carrier rake – Amaravati Express from Howrah was on its way. Quite a few people; well aware of this routine perhaps, scampered into the Coaches before it got shunted away to adjacent line in the yard by a GTL WDM3D. 15mins is all the staff at Guntakal had to complete the procedure of removing the slip coaches, and coupling the KJM EMD for the further run upto YPR. And they did manage it quite efficiently that day. No sooner had our coaches been shunted into the yard; the KJM EMD was coupled and in a few minutes the Yeshvantpur Express was on its way. Barring a couple requesting us to give a berth till Bellary; there were no more hassles that night. The last thing I remember seeing was a pair of GY WDG3A baldies pulling into pf3 with our train to Goa; the Amaravati Express. It had arrived bang on time. Our coaches were shunted out almost immediately; and after getting coupled to the main rake, we were on our way.
7. HUBLI DIVISON; Late Breakfast, Early Lunch and Delayed Amaravati.
When I finally woke up from my slumber and went to freshen up; we were dashing past the barren black soil fields of Ballari – Hubli section. Doubling was done in patches. Twin EMD hauled Coal rakes made their presence felt every now and then, this is one section which is overloaded with EMDs of the Goods kind; ALCos were either restricted to Passenger duty or once in a blue moon would be spotted at the helm of freights. Quite a few passengers crossed us that day; but the most surprising crossing of all was that of the Hubballi – Ballari Passenger. While we were looped into the only platform line for an unscheduled halt in Navalgund road; the Hubballi Ballari Passenger train came to a halt on the mainline with the other loop occupied by a BOXN rake. The localities had already positioned themselves on either side of the mainline, and after a few minutes; both trains headed their respective ways. The rest of the run till Hubballi was a breeze. Overnight, we had somehow accumulated a delay of 50minutes; thus delaying our breakfast to well beyond 9am. Tasty Dosas, Soft Idlis and Crunchy Vadas were on the menu; and some piping hot tea to wash them down completed what we could maybe call a ‘GOOD MORNING’.
Pf3 of the SWR Headquarters was undergoing renovation. As we pulled into pf1; I could see the Bangalore bound fast Passenger depart from pf5 led by a freshly repainted KJM WDG4. SWR has churned out this new livery for its Goods EMDs and it does look strikingly appealing from a distance. During the course of this trip, we spotted a few UBL EMDs as well; in the new dark blue livery. KJM WDP4 was idling on pf2 with the express from the land of Nizams – Secunderabad. After a near 20min halt, as we were pulling out, another passenger entered pf5; led by an ET WDM3D. It was time to move towards the first goal of this trip – Dudhsagar.
8. CURVES and FORESTS; The Picturesque Hubballi – Castlerock line.
Did I forget to mention? Our Lunch order was taken even as we were approaching Hubballi.
“Kahan Deliver hoga bhayya?” Where will it give delivered brother?
‘Sirjee, Londa ke paas de denge’ Sir, we will give it near Londa.
A Breakfast at 09:45hrs; and a lunch at 11:15hrs; either we would sleep the rest of the day, or ajeernam guaranteed. Thankfully neither of it happened. There were only three crossings in the Hubballi Castle Rock stretch; KYN WDG3A led Mumbai LTT Hubballi Express at Dharwad, KJM WDP4 led Chalukya Express at Tavaragatti and KJM WDM3A led Vasco Velankanni Express at Tinaighat. The rest of the route was green enough to just let our spirits sync into the nature. The curves of this route deserve a special mention; mainly because of their surprising appearances. It was the first time all three of us were traversing this route. The faint yet shrill honk of the GY baldie in the lead; the near 90 degree turns to the left and right, time and again; the picturesque landscape; all these things make me recollect my mother’s words
“Indha maadhri edathula veedu katti settle aaganum da” We should build a house& settle down in such a place
Now I understood why; the serenity here in this stretch was really soothing, if there was an unscheduled halt; I could just walk down to any patch of grass, lie down and fall asleep in an instant.
Rakes of the Hubballi Chennai Central Special/Express were parked as far as Alnavar Jn; the under construction line to Dandeli bifurcated from here. Londa arrived; and so did our lunch; the boys ordered Veg Biryani and got Pulav instead. After seeing that I dreaded opening my Veg meals; and my lunch wasn’t any better either. Rice was half cooked; Rasam lacked salt and the buttermilk had more coriander than liquid. The only respite was the Chappati – Subji Combination which were surprisingly tasty amongst the other tasteless dishes. With a heavy heart, I threw away more than half the lunch; one of the few occasions in my life that I had done so willingly.
Londa – Miraj Passenger was waiting in pf1 of Londa Junction with a PUNE WDM3A Pune in charge of the train. We departed after a 4minute halt. The line veering away towards Miraj seemingly climbed an incline as it bifurcated to the right. Or were we descending as we diverted to the left?
9. CASTLEROCK – KULEM; a first time visit to the BRAGANZA Ghats and Dudhsagar
The run upto Castlerock was mesmerizing. The weather was neither sunny nor was it raining heavily. Yet the brightness of the white sky somewhat seemed to blind my vision; and my friends assumed I was frowning due to the delay despite being surrounded a wonderful landscape. The stations of Castlerock and Kulem were home for multiple sets of EMD triplets. We spotted the new blue livery EMDs and the classic Yellow livery EMDs of UBL shed throughout this trip. The descent into the ghats began after a 10min halt at Castlerock. The presence of twin ALCos meant no brakers for our Amaravati Express. The baldie gave a shrill but long honk announcing the beginning of the descent. The monsoon rains brought out the best greenery in the surrounding; Green of every imaginable shade could be spotted. The dried leaves, which on any other day would have been swept away in our big and noisy cities added to the attraction here in Braganza. The descent was restricted to a cautious 30kmph speed throughout. Every possible device which can take a photograph was out; every door and window occupied.
Post the infamous ban on alighting at the Dudhsagar; the passers-by had to contend themselves to clicking from a moving train. Trekking was a strict no-no; although I did see some DSLR wielding youngsters at Caranzol and Sonalium. Anyways, the train twisted and turned as it descended nearly 1700 feet over a span of 28kms, the adrenaline kicked in real good; my only disappointment was not spotting the Dudhsagar in its true element; gushing down at full force. Once we crossed Dudhsagar station, the excitement notched up a bit; and after crossing the penultimate tunnel, the train curved to the right. The screams inside the tunnel gave way to the ‘Oooo’s and the ‘Aaaah’s; age irrespective; almost all were gawking at the falls; aptly named the ‘Ocean of Milk’. The fall was quite deep; the view was fantastic; Mission Dudhsagar accomplished. After crossing the viewpoint, the three of us were the only people at the door. The rest of the crowd went back in; “Arre, ab kya rakha hai dekhne ke liye?” grumbled a few as they went in.
‘Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost’. I mumbled to myself...
To be continued.....


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Sep 09 2016 (6:34PM)
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Jus saw Dudhsagar , thanks to ur write up :)
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