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TRIP to PINK CITY --------------------- ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++ Train No.: 12975 Source: Kacheguda(KCG) Destination:... more...
Jaipur(JP) Trip link: /diary/trip/93305 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++++ On 22nd of December when the arms of the clock formed a vertical outstretched straight line, it was time for me to shut down the system at my workplace and quickly switch my mind into travel mode. The first hurdle to cross was to deal with the regular evening traffic jams on ever under repair Hyderabadi roads and reach home as early as possible and luckily, stars were on my side. Once at the home, it was time for packing the bags and a trip with parents means, an extra pack consisting of snacks and food just enough to fill the black hole throughout the journey without relying on outside food. Exactly 15 minutes before the change in date, UBER cab service was ready at our door step to take us to the third important station of Hyderabad which is designed with Gothic architecture. On reaching Kacheguda, the customary action to be performed was to get connected to RAILWIRE. With silence prevailed and the darkness dominating the midnight hours, my body started wandering on the empty platform no.1 of the station like a headless chicken. Just when yawning started to win the battles, a faint honk of a white stallion refilled all the lost energy in me. It was time for an hour late running counter part of my train 12976 to come and occupy its customary platform no.2. The real sense of excitement erupted when a milky white beauty without road number marked on side of the loco entered the platform at brisk pace, which means there is a visitor to SCR headquarters. Confirmation came just after few minutes when WAP7 with road number 30485 from Bhilai shed moved towards SC. This locomotive BIA WAP7 30485 spent nearly 20 days in the limits of SCR, SR, SWR and ECoR, before bidding adieu with AP AC Express towards NDLS. After the departure of Mysore bound sibling, the offlink saga was continued by diesel counterpart, when YPR bound Wainganga Express arrived with VSKP twins. Even before Wainganga departed, another white beauty made a slow and silent entry from SC side. This 3 phaser was none other than LGD WAP7 30286 which was supposed to kick off a marathon 1543 KM long journey by hauling my train. Amidst all these events happening, it was time for all the passengers on PF 1 to get hold of their luggage as MLY twins made a grand entry on to the platform with the 24 coach rake of 12975 MYS-JP Express. After pulling the luggage and dragging our tired bodies to S2 coach, we were greeted by the side lower berth filled with fine sawdust on the track side. Wiping the seat wasn’t a big deal but the real agony struck when we came to know that the tube light in the bay had direct connection and it would remain on throughout the night!! It was a 1998 made coach with no power socket anywhere. All hail the inventor of powerbank to help people like us to deal with such long journeys. Meanwhile the loco change procedure was completed and we departed from KCG with 5 minutes delay. While everyone in the coach preferred to close their eyes and enjoy the dream world, I was busy watching the performance of WAP7 and the skips of MMTS stations through sleeping city of pearls. Right after crossing STPD, the white stallion slowed and started to switch towards Bypass line. Now I decided to take a nap and save the energy for remaining of the marathon journey. By the time I opened my eyes it was still dark outside and we had already entered the famous trunk line and were halted at SKZR. As usual, both the main lines were blocked by freight which is known to be SCR’s customary practice. After departing from SKZR, we crossed AP AC Exp hauled by GZB WAP4 25004 and slowly, the darkness was scattered as sun started making its presence felt at the horizon. Best part of getting a side lower seat on track side means MPS action and crossings are guaranteed entertainment. Next to cross was AJNI-KZJ passenger hauled by a WAG7 and a dead WDP4D. By the time we reached the outer of BPQ, night was a thing of past. The customary yelling of “Chai chai” and “Coffffeeeee” by the pantry guys has started working as alarm for co passengers. Meanwhile, it was time to say bye bye to SCR and hello to CR, as we entered and occupy the platform of BPQ. We departed from BPQ 25 minutes late and it was a slow and sedate run till CD. After departing from CD, WAP7 wasted no time in hitting MPS and it was constant high speed action till next halt. After departing from HGT, it was a mixed run consisting of MPS main line skips coupled with loop line skips until we reached SEGM outer. Now it was time for us to negotiate one of the massive curves of IR. Sitting in a coach which is at 20th position from the loco means one can have the view of whole rake of the train by just peeking out of the window while cruising through Sewagram curve. After departing from SEGM, my next significant crossing was with the latest entry of AJNI ELS at that time, WAP7 30499 which was hauling a passenger at Tuljapur. After a nonstop run for an hour, we recovered the little lost time and were standing at the outer of Orange city. All the efforts of covering the lost time went into vain though, when we waited for more than 15 minutes at the outer for clearance. Finally we occupied the platform No.1 of Nagpur and the famous CSTM-HWH mail was standing on Pf No. 3. After the departure of Mail, our train also got the starter to make the proceedings. As we started gaining speed, we crossed the late running 22694 NZM-SBC Rajdhani hauled by LGD WAP7 30289 with its front panto up. Just when we started skipping the stations at MPS, we had our lunch and decided to take a power nap. By the time I woke up again, we were cruising through the ghat section of Teegaon-Chichonda. The stretch of NGP-ET is always a treat to watch in the daylight, as we cruise though the changing landforms. We were welcomed by original EMD twins from UBL at Amla, where we made a brief unscheduled halt. Right after departure, we crossed WAP4 hauled 22684 Lucknow-Yeshwantpur SF Express (via KCG). After departing from Betul, we entered the ghat section of MJY-DHQ section, which is one of the steepest ghat section negotiated without bankers. It is one of those places in IR where the sound of sliding wheels is the only dominant noise audible in what called as the silence prevailing hills. Just while riding through the series of tunnels and viaducts, we crossed ET-NGP passenger hauled by ET WAG5A 23887. As we exited from this mesmerizing ghat section, we witnessed another crossing at the deserted looking Dharakoh where distant visitor GMO WAG7 27330 was standing with BCNA rake. Again, WAP7 wasted no time in hitting MPS and had an MPS crossing with massively delayed 12724 Telangana Express at Ghoradongari and subsequently overtook 15016 YPR-GKP Express at Barbatpur. After thrashing all the stations at MPS we finally halted at outer of Itarsi. After spending some odd 15 minutes of time, we crossed SBC bound Sanghamitra Express hauled by ET WAP4 22953 and started entering into one of the prominent and critical railway junctions of India by saying Ta-da to CR. After spending the stipulated time on the platform, our train got the signal to kick start for the remaining journey bang on time. Yet again as observed for the nth time in the journey, we were clicking MPS in no time and continued the same till made the scheduled halt at Hoshangabad. Just after the departure, we crossed LTT bound Kamyani Express hauled by ET WAP4 25021. Now it was time to sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature as it takes the center stage with the setting sun in the backdrop. First it was time to relish the view of the mighty Narmada river, which was followed by the start of Budni ghat section. Unlike the Mahadev hills ghat section on Satpura range which was steeper but lasted few kilometers, this one on Vindhyanchal range is a bit lengthier with lot of massive curves. After cruising through the beautiful terrain we again started hitting MPS and there was no looking back. Just when we were skipping railfanning heaven Misrod at MPS, someone among thousand odd passengers pulled the chain, resulting in the halting of the train in no man’s land. From here we were slowly dragged into Habibganj station where we crossed with HBJ-JBP JanShatabdi hauled by a WAG7. After making a 20 minutes delayed departure we occupied Platform No.3 of Bhopal, way before scheduled time, all thanks to slack devatha. Twilight has struck by then and while we were killing time, LGD WAP7 30317 pulled the rake of 15016, which was overtaken by us at Barbatpur on to the Platform No.2. Both the trains made a parallel exit from the main station of the capital of MP. There was a sense of excitement in me when I realized that this is going to be my 1st ride ever in WR territory. But this excitement didn’t last long as there were many stern looks from co passengers since I was constantly peeking out of my window, the only window in the whole coach which remained open on the night of chilly winter solstice day. With utter disappointment I closed the window and had the early dinner. The run was sedate post Bhopal and we crossed UJN-BPL passenger hauled by BRC WAG5A 23319 at Sujhalpur. This was the final crossing observed for the day as I decided to give rest for the body. We reached Ujjain whooping 25 minutes before the scheduled time and all the sleeping passengers woke up at once when a bunch of college students who boarded at BPQ and heading to Indore created chaos as they were supposed to alight here and half of them didn’t even knew where to get down. After a half an hour halt we departed on time from Ujjain and everyone again covered themselves with heavy blankets but for no reason I remained awake though. Right at 12AM, when our train was burning tracks on the speed heaven stretch of BRC-MTJ stretch, messages started flooding in whatsapp. After replying to all of them, I switched off my phone and decided to sleep for remaining few hours of the journey. After having a stop start kind of sleep, I finally woke up at 5:30. By that time, majority of the passengers in the coach started preparing themselves to alight at Durgapur and I was silently peeking out of the closed window. Amidst the passengers noise, came a faint sound from Side Upper berth saying, “Happy birthday Sai”. Then I looked up towards my Dad and obliged the wishes with a smile, the smile which wasn’t quite there while acknowledging those whatsapp messages. We were cruising towards the Pink City at sedate pace and reached the penultimate stop at 5:45. We waited at Durgapur for the crossing with 22982 SGNR-KOTA SF Express and as expected, the Kota bound superfast entered on to the platform with BGKT hunk in LHF mode in lead. Controllers wasted no time in giving starter to our train and on par with white stallion from LGD, the diesel counterpart from BGKT displayed its raw power while we were cruising towards the ultimate halt. Once after joining with the line coming from Delhi side, we slowed down for one final time and crawled at steady pace. We crawled crawled and literally crawled till 6:30, when our train was finally halted on PF4 of Jaipur junction. After getting down at Jaipur, it was an amazing experience to witness complete domination of diesel locomotives ruling like emperors far away from those humming electric locomotives and obstructions of view created by the catenary jungle. If you have reached here after reading the stuff above, please accept a sincere thanks note for reading it with patience.
Coming up: Train spotting session at Jaipur. Trip report on return journey in 12976. Pic 1: Onset of dawn. Pic 2: Sewagram curve. Pic 3: Crossing with 22684 Lucknow-Yeshwantpur SF Express (via KCG) Pic 4: Cruising through Mahadev hills. Pic 5: ET outer. Pic 6: Mighty Narmada river. Pic 7: Start of Budni ghat. Pic 8: Ascending the ghat.
Predictions: 9 confirm: 2 rac: 7 wl: 0
Journey: Mon Mar 06, 2017 @ 19:35 Class: AC 3-tier - 3A | Tot Seats: Avbl 165 | Charting: < 17:30 Travel: JP/Jaipur Junction to KCG/Hyderabad Kacheguda | 1675 km / 2475 km
Jun 24 2016 (4:42PM) Loco Tag: ED/WDM-3A added by Indian Railways the life line of our Nation~/1425007
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Holy Smoking Alcos of Indian Railways. Some rare moments of IR when Alocos smoking like a volocano is erupting. Here are some rare captures of smoking Alcos. 1.Twin GTL Wdm3a smokes heavely when departing from SBC with JP-MYS Express. 2.GD... more...
Wdm3a smoking on a sharp curve with INDB-YPR LHB Express. 3.GOC Wdg3a smoking at high speed with JP-YPR Garib Rath Express. 4.KJM Wdm3a smokes heavily with CAN-YPR Express. 5.Twin GY Wdm3d accelerating with CBE-LTT Express at SBC. 6.Twin MLY Wdm3a (Bald Headed) smoking when greatly acclerated with JP-MYS Express. 7. PTRU Wdm3a with INDB-YPR LHB Express. 8.Twin (Bald Headed) VSKP Wdg3a smoking with Karnataka Express. 9.BNDM Wdg3a SHAKTI with a dead wdg3a smoking at mps with JP-YPR Garib Rath Express. 10.RTM Wdm3a smoking with SBC Fast Passenger. 11.ED Wdm3d smoking with LTT-NCJ Express. 12.ABR Wdm2 Jumbo with INDB-YPR LHB Express. 13.ERS Wdm3a running with JDH-YPR Express. 14.VTA Wdm3d smokes with Tuticorin-Okha Express. 15.Rare Twin TNP Wdm7 accelerating with MAS-Shirdi Express. 16.Twin ET Wdm3a at mps with Vasco-YPR Express. 17.KYN Wdm3d smokes while accelerating with Tuticorin-Mysore Express. 220.127.116.11.KTE Wdm3a smoking very heavily with INDB-YPR LHB Express. 22.23.KZJ Wdg3a with a dead Wdg3a going to nearest DieselLocoShed to repair its silencer due to which a lots of smoke coming out. 24.Twin ED Wdm3a smoking on a gradient.