That Normal M/E is much faster than SF Mail till BZA. Amaravati express was a SF years back. Only slowed down between GNT to VSG. So definitely it deserved to overtake Mail otherwise it would have unnecessarily trailed Mail and got delayed further.
Yeah and also schedule. If a M/E train has considerably faster schedule than a SF than definitely controllers will allot priority to the faster one. Also if I'm not wrong 18047 has a scheduled overtake over a weekly SF.
The best one is - when asked abt frequency increase of 18047/8 to daily or a tri weekly service to SC in the same slot of 18047/8 during the remaining days, the reply is Ghat constraints. I wondered, when there is no other train in the slot from MAO-LD, how come they say there is Ghat constraint. Also if we consider any cross over constraints there is only this MAS train in LD-MAO direction that too on sunday where 18048 already runs. For a while I thought SWR must be running Freights also in Slot Sharing/weekly basis in a disciplined manner :P
SWR UBL div has constraint of running only 4 passenger trains a day,i dnt know why has this logic came And we should not forget that this is BZA-VSG exp,which started as restore train after Gauge conversion,if there was no MTM-VSG MG exp in those days we may not have 18047 even now. Once upon a time till 2010 there used to be huge freight traffic,now th freight traffic has come down to 30% in this route
MTM-VSG MG Exp was never there bro. It was only GNT-UBL MG Fast Passenger later extended to BZA which was later BZA-UBL Amaravati Exp that ran in parts at the time og Gauge conversion. After the complete gauge conversion only BZA-VSG came as bi weekly.
Main reason here is bus lobby that's why the MG daily from Vasco to Bangalore was never restored. Even VSG YPR biweekly is running with huge slack. Even if SWR wishes to cater the needs of bus lobbies they should take pity on the long distance passengers travelling all the way from East India to Goa/Karnataka in this 18 coach overcrowded rake.
forget about SWR and Bus lobbies, what is Goa's state government doing?? despite having a having a gem of a state in their hands their decisions and action, whether it is concerning railways in different parts of Goa or their recent increase in various taxes (luxury tax, for example) in the state it seems that the ruling party is almost hell bent on driving tourism down and out from it.