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12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail
சென்னை - கே.எஸ்.ஆர் பெங்களுரு சிட்டி மெயில் /ಚೆನೈ ಸೆಂಟ್ರಲ್ - ಕ್ರಾ ಸಂ ರಾ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮೇಲ್     चेन्नई सेंट्रल - क्रा सं रा बेंगलुरु मेल

MAS/Chennai Central --> SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)

Inaugural Run
Mon Aug 01, 1864
Pantry/Catering
✕ Pantry Car
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Pantry car remains locked.:E-Catering available only at BNC.
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Updated: Sep 30 2016 (10:24) by system
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12657->Maintenance->12627->12628->12658->12657; Last UR is half UR and half RMS
Rating: 4.2/5 (86 votes)
cleanliness - excellent (17)
punctuality - excellent (18)
food - poor (1)
ticket avbl - average (17)
u/r coach - average (10)
railfanning - good (15)
safety - excellent (18)
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Jan 29 2017 (10:12)   12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail | MAS/Chennai Central (12 PFs) | RPM/WAP-7/30393

DLW made WAP7 named Varun^~   9087 blog posts   10794 correct pred (85% accurate)
Entry# 2144306            Tags   Past Edits
1 compliments
Great REPORT bro
Presenting my first trip report on IRI! (MAS-SBC-MAS TRIP)
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PART-1(MAS-SBC):
Date:24.01.2017(Tuesday)
Train:12657 Chennai-Bengaluru Mail
Loco:RPM
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WAP7 30393
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To begin with,this is my first train journey of 2017 was in SWR's Sleep Killer,the train which never disappoints me. Reached MAS well before the scheduled departure time around 22:20 hrs which meant I had 55 mins to myself for some loco observations/spottings. 7 Mail was berthed onto PF.No.5,its customary PF at MAS. It had been shunted by a TNP WDMx. Meanwhile,Yercaud Express was preparing itself for its departure from PF.No.6.
At 22:25 hrs,rescheduled MAS-TVC Mail left in its brand new LHB avatar from PF.No.3. Its general coaches were brimming with passengers. At the same time, people left no stone unturned to catch a place for their 5.5 hour long journey in the general coaches of 7 Mail. Parcels and packages were being thrown literally into the SLR coach and also into the UR coach. No matter how much ever parcel is being cramped into, people managed to squeeze themselves into the coach. My coach was S7, 2005 made and had no charging points. As always, coach was well maintained par excellence by SWR. In short,old coach in new avatar. It took nearly 20 mins for the door to be opened and lights and fans to be switched on. Somehow,I waded through the coach to find my seat(LB non-track side).
After arranging the luggage,I got down to check our loco link, the customary ritual that every railfan conscientiously does. A long walk I would say as my coach was right in the middle of the rake. I had to hobble through the PF amidst passengers and luggage and reached the end of my train after 5 minutes to find that white stallion 30393 was the loco assigned for the Mail that day. It took me by surprise as the loco was not energised albeit there were only 15 minutes or so left for departure and there was no sign of the crew members. After having a glimpse of the link of Mail, I started off to my coach, this time a little slower. While returning, I spotted the empty NZM GR rake still on PF.No.2.
In the mean time, Yercaud had left bang on time with an unknown WAP4 which sounded a long honk prior to departure. After Yercaud's departure, Kovai led by RPM WAP7 30423 was received on the same PF. It was delayed by 45 mins. RPM WAP4 22960 was waiting to proceed to BBQ ETS from PF.No.11 and ED WAP4 22261 was warming up before hauling MAS-HWH Mail. BL WAG7 28756 which hauled Saptagiri Express also waited for its turn to go to BBQ ETS.
At sharp 23:15 hrs, P7 whined and we started off to the garden city. LPs were in a hurry that P7 accelerated within the PF limits to 20/30 kmph and they had to slam the brakes to slow down. The best part was the continuous 3 phase twin tone honking. Mail slowly made its way out of MAS. As we reached BBQ,we picked up speed and accelerated madly ignoring the double amber signal. LPs were in no mood to obey the signal. As we neared VJM, P7 braked hard to switch on to the fast line. Needless to say, after joining the fast line, Mail showed its true colours. We touched MPS in no time and there we were, going on a rampage through the suburbs of Chennai. Post that, I was oblivious of where we were. All I could feel was that the coach was violently shaking and at times, we were slightly overspeeding. Once I heard a stone getting crushed under the wheels and the parts hitting the bottom of the coach.
I woke up just in time to see Mail crazily speeding through WFD at MPS. Seldom, I have witnessed this skip. Also,skipping KJM at MPS was icing on the cake. We were not held up anywhere till BNCE. We departed after a minute's halt at 04:30 hrs from BNCE. Reached BNC at 04:40 hrs where we were held up for 5 mins as clearance was not given. There was a KJM alco in standard KJM livery and KJM WDG4 12026 both live and were waiting for their next assignment at PF.No.1A. We did not stop anywhere between BNC and SBC. We pulled onto PF.No.4 at SBC at 04:55 mins early by 15 mins. There were a couple of P4s,P7s and a G9 waiting for their duties at PF.No.1. A WAP4 was coupled to the rake of SBC-MAS SF.
Overall rating:
Cleanliness- 10/10.
Comfort-9/10(Jerks were felt ocassionally).
Speed & Punctuality-10/10(P7's immense acceleration was impeccable).

PART-2 (SBC-MAS): /blog/post/2144525.

2 posts - Sun Jan 29, 2017

  
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Jan 29 2017 (13:32)
DLW made WAP7 named Varun^~   9087 blog posts   10794 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 2144306-5            Tags   Past Edits
Zaroor aaoonga. :)

  
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Jan 29 2017 (13:38)
अथर्व^~   32816 blog posts   2488 correct pred (68% accurate)
Re# 2144306-6            Tags   Past Edits
Ji intzar rhega...
KK se aana...
KSK yha ni rukti..

  
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Jan 29 2017 (13:39)
DLW made WAP7 named Varun^~   9087 blog posts   10794 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 2144306-7            Tags   Past Edits
Ji. Zaroor. :)

  
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Feb 08 2017 (13:31)
©The Dark Lord™~   5719 blog posts
Re# 2144306-8            Tags   Past Edits
"Good Typing"...LoL. ye kaisa complement hai?

  
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Mar 24 2017 (17:14)
Wali~   159 blog posts   112 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 2144306-9            Tags   Past Edits
LOL, Complement? Ye kaisa COMPLIMENT hai? :-)
  
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Oct 07 2016 (13:36)   11027/Mumbai CST - Chennai Central Mail (PT) | CSTM/Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (18 PFs)

अमरावती सुपरफास्ट~   585 blog posts   18 correct pred (70% accurate)
Entry# 2014850            Tags   Past Edits
Rate your favourite MAIL. Which of the following you think, is BETTER has a fair/best speed, punctuality, cleanliness, coach condition, ticket availability, catering facilities despite their long journeys. And which zone you feel is better in management of these trains??
11027/8 Mumbai CST - Chennai Mail (CR)0%0
12137/8 Punjab Mail (CR)11%23
12311/2 Kalka Mail (ER)4%9
12321/2 Howrah - Mumbai CST Mail (via Chheoki) (ER)2%5
12343/4 Darjeeling Mail (ER)11%23
13005/6 Howrah - Amritsar (Punjab) Mail (ER)1%2
11123/4 Barauni - Gwalior Mail (NCR)2%5
12229/30 Lucknow Mail (NR)15%31
14033/4 Jammu Mail (NR)1%2
14055/6 Brahmaputra Mail (NR)1%3
12809/10 Mumbai CST - Howrah Mail (Via Nagpur) (SER)5%11
12839/40 Howrah - Chennai Mail (SER)3%6
12601/2 Chennai - Mangaluru Mail (SR)1%3
12623/4 Chennai Thiruvananthapuram Mail (SR)5%10
16101/2 Boat Mail/Rameswaram Express (SR)1%2
12657/8 Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail (SWR)11%23
22945/6 Saurashtra Mail (WR)1%2
12901/2 Gujarat Mail (WR)2%5
12903/4 Golden Temple Mail (WR)21%43

18 posts - Oct 2016

71 posts - Nov 2016

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Jan 27 2017 (11:01)
HowrahJodhpur হাওড়াযোধপুর हावड़ाजोधपुर~   931 blog posts   58 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 2014850-91            Tags   Past Edits
One Special Fact, ER Has Largest number of Mail Trains. 4.

  
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Feb 08 2017 (18:31)
swamiye saranam ayyappa^~   1130 blog posts   1 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2014850-92            Tags   Past Edits
chennai has more mumbai mail,howrah mail,trivandrum mail,bangalore mail,boat mail,mangalore mail

  
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Feb 08 2017 (21:18)
HowrahJodhpur হাওড়াযোধপুর हावड़ाजोधपुर~   931 blog posts   58 correct pred (67% accurate)
Re# 2014850-93            Tags   Past Edits
Maine bataya hai zone ke mamle se. Not Station.

  
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Feb 08 2017 (22:25)
swamiye saranam ayyappa^~   1130 blog posts   1 correct pred (50% accurate)
Re# 2014850-94            Tags   Past Edits
yeah accepted apologize sorry bro

  
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Mar 15 2017 (22:46)
Jishnu Banerjee   4 blog posts
Re# 2014850-95            Tags   Past Edits
Wrong sir. Please look up Khanna accident in 1999, when JAT-SDAH Exp collided with G.T Mail derailed coaches.
  
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Mar 19 2017 (19:56)   12658/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central Mail (PT) | SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore) (10 PFs)

12658 Chennai Mail*^~   8907 blog posts   22325 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2203238            Tags   Past Edits
Due to late arrival of pairing train (12628, close to 8 hrs), train no. 12658 SBC - MAS Chennai Mail, scheduled to depart at 2240 hrs on 19.03.17, has rescheduled to depart at 0530 hrs on 20.03.17
  
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Mar 19 2017 (19:28)   12658/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central Mail (PT)

8 Mail 8 Shatabdi   239 blog posts   48 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 2203185            Tags   Past Edits
Guys, I need an opinion:
I have a ticket in 12658 on 21/3 from SBC to MAS. But, today's mail is nearly 7 hours delayed and tomorrow's mail might follow suit (due to existing delay of KK + delay at MALM). First thing, why is KK getting delayed at MALM? And do you guys think I should make alternate arrangements (due to 12658 getting delayed possibly)? I didnt find any news item why trains like Basava, KK, LTT-CBE are getting delayed between RC and MALM . An early answer would be appreciated. Thanks!
  
General Travel
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Mar 19 2017 (11:42)   12658/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central Mail (PT)

8 Mail 8 Shatabdi   239 blog posts   48 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 2202694            Tags   Past Edits
12658 scheduled to depart tonight 22:40 rescheduled to depart tomorrow morning 05:30 AM
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Seems KK and many other trains delayed b/w RC and MALM. Any issues there?
  
★★  Travelogue
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Feb 27 2017 (20:31)   12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail | MAS/Chennai Central (12 PFs)

Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2779 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2180352            Tags   Past Edits
3 compliments
Great narration.. Indeed a lovely trip report. Awesome trip Report
My expectations from 12657 over the last 1 year have been very limited thanks to the presence of various TSRs in MAS-SBC sector and this Sunday was no different. It was not really a planned journey as we (read my better half and I) had to make a sudden trip to Chennai for a personal work and return back in a day. Like always, I had booked the onward journey in 12658 for Saturday night and in a rare occasion booked in 3AC in the Tatkal quota for Sunday night journey. I usually prefer SL for both 12658 and 12657 and this was one of the rarest of cases where I had to book in 3A.
MRTS trains are usually deserted on
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Sunday nights and this time around, we preferred to take the MRTS route from MTMY to MAS instead of the usual bus route but the train was crowded unusually. We managed to reach MAS at 22:40 thanks to the numerous TSRs from MTMY to Park Town. The number of TSRs in MAS division is at an all-time high and even the MRTS route is also not spared from them. Like on most nights, 12657 was allotted PF5 and as we entered the Platform, Yercaud’s last coach was seen exiting PF6. I was visible upset seeing a WAP4 hauling my previous night’s journey in 12658 and my wife did not want to see the same upset face this night as well. We quickly checked out the loco and my eyes lit up seeing the white stallion 30358 from the Royapuram Loco Shed. Kovai had just arrived on the adjacent platform with marginal delay with another WAP7 while 30426 WAP7 was roaming light on PF3 after hauling Brindavan. Howrah Mail was on Pf8 with yet another P7-30420 so literally it was P7 mania during that hour at MAS as even the just arrived Korba-TVC exp was hauled by a WAP7.
B2 coach was super clean thanks to the supreme maintenance standards set by SBC division and we quickly settled into our SLB and SUB berths 5 minutes before departure. Since 12657 undergoes Platform attention instead of Sec. Maintenance, as soon as the rake is shunted to Platform, Watering + Toilet cleaning is done and same had taken place this time as well. Since I literally take 12657/58, for all my MAS-SBC journeys, I sort of knew most of the LPs by face and moment I saw this particular LP I was confident we’ll have a fairly decent run this time despite the numerous TSRs.
We were given starter at 23:12 itself and departed bang on time. After the TSR at Korattur, Avadi was said good-bye by 23:40 and I was confident enough, we’ll arrive AJJ with only around 15 mins delay. It was a pleasant sight to witness TRL dispatched at MPS of 100+ as we were allotted the fast line post TRL although we had to move to the slow line post TO. Moment we crossed TRL at 23:55, I was sure Yercaud will have to wait for us longer at Walajah for the overtake instead of the usual Valathoor looping.
As expected Yercaud was overtook at Walajah and P7 showed no mercy and breaks were applied only at KPD outer after AJJ. HTE-BNC and late running Kerala had exited KPD only 10-20 mins back and I was sure HTE – BNC will block us the path after BWT.
In one of the best runs in the last 1 year, my Mail arrived JTJ 5 minutes BT and even better BWT 5 minutes BT. This is a record run simply because of the fact that, this train had a simply outstanding history of arriving BT at most stations en-route and the umpteen number of TSRs over the last 1 year or so had completely spoiled so many trains’ performance. By the time we reached BWT, we had almost caught up with HTE – BNC as the gap was hardly 20kms. This had affected the performance in the home run as we were given last minute clearance both at KJM and BYPL and had stopped at BNCE home for 2 minutes. By the time, we entered BNC platform, huge number of crowd were seen exiting HTE – BNC on PF1A indicating we had almost caught up with the SER based train although the gap was quite big at KPD.
Thanks to the Uber and Ola strike, we struggled to get a cab at BNC and finally managed to get hold of a cab to reach home. It was a proud moment for me to witness the fantastic run between MAS and KJM considering the numerous disappointments in the last twelve months.
Thanks for reading!
PS: I am usually very critical of SBC division for its operational mismanagement and corruption but can happily take my hats off for their maintenance of trains. You give them an untidy rake and they will return it to you back in few hours spick and span.

  
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Feb 27 2017 (21:24)
RF Z ▶NEVER BOARD A MOVING TRAIN◀*^~   11287 blog posts   2564 correct pred (84% accurate)
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You know what the best part of this report is? Every single line penned comes out of a long history of your association with 2657/58. Someone who doesn't know the most intricate details of this train, someone who doesn't love this train above all, someone who isn't a true railfan to begin with CANNOT write this report. Before someone calls himself the biggest fan of XYZ train, he should, IMO, judge if his relationship with XYZ is even comparable to what Raghu has with 2657/58. If it is, he may go ahead.

  
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Feb 27 2017 (21:40)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2779 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2180352-2            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks Zahaib. Writing a trip report after ages so I appreciate any feedback.

  
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Mar 16 2017 (07:15)
DLW made WAP7 named Varun^~   9087 blog posts   10794 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 2180352-3            Tags   Past Edits
Its better late than never to read a trip report! Your report is short and crisp and at the same time each word penned shows how glorious is Mail and your love for it! :) Excellent travelogue. Today I am taking 7 Mail. Its my second trip in 12657 in 2017. Hoping for a wonderful run with BT arrivals.

  
Mar 16 2017 (23:05)
DLW made WAP7 named Varun^~   9087 blog posts   10794 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 2180352-5            Tags   Past Edits
30411 is the link for today's run.

  
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Mar 18 2017 (10:36)
DLW made WAP7 named Varun^~   9087 blog posts   10794 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 2180352-6            Tags   Past Edits
Coach was 07 made and it was of UBL base.
  
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Mar 18 2017 (01:06)   12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail | MAS/Chennai Central (12 PFs)

RF Z ▶NEVER BOARD A MOVING TRAIN◀*^~   11287 blog posts   2564 correct pred (84% accurate)
Entry# 2201313            Tags   Past Edits
  
Info Update
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Mar 04 2017 (19:48)   12658/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central Mail (PT) | SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore) (10 PFs)

12658 Chennai Mail*^~   8907 blog posts   22325 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2186049            Tags   Past Edits
Due to late arrival of pairing train, (12628), Train No.: 12658 scheduled to depart at 2240 Hrs today. has been rescheduled to depart at 2330 hrs today

  
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Mar 14 2017 (17:23)
vivekr9191   47 blog posts
Re# 2186049-1            Tags   Past Edits
Today too :(

  
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Mar 16 2017 (21:02)
8 Mail 8 Shatabdi   239 blog posts   48 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 2186049-2            Tags   Past Edits
Actually not a big issue at all (Except maybe for those using 12658 as connecting train for other trains from MAS). On a lighter note, people actually get a little extra sleep as the sleep killing property tends to get reduced sometimes for late departures.
  
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Mar 16 2017 (17:48)   12658/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central Mail (PT) | SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore) (10 PFs)

12658 Chennai Mail*^~   8907 blog posts   22325 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2199723            Tags   Past Edits
Due to late arrival of pairing train ( 12628 ) Train No.: 12658 Chennai Mail scheduled to depart at 2240 Hrs today has been rescheduled to depart at 2330 Hrs Today

  
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Mar 16 2017 (21:00)
8 Mail 8 Shatabdi   239 blog posts   48 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 2199723-1            Tags   Past Edits
Mostly, KK must be speeded up such that it arrives SBC at around 10-10:30 AM or its timetable could be advanced by around 2 hours right from NDLS
  
Predictions: 7
confirm: 7
rac: 0
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Journey: Tue Feb 28, 2017 @ 23:15
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 286   |   Charting: < 19:15
Travel: MAS/Chennai Central   to   SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)   |   359 km / 359 km
12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail
Entry# 2181156

PNR: 422-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
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Total Fare:  360
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Latest Status as of: Feb 28 2017 (19:06)
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Total Fare:  360
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Passenger 1: Waitlist# 1 (Booking Status: W/L 15,TQ)
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Feb 28 2017 (19:09)
छोटा आदमी~   7138 blog posts   100305 correct pred (90% accurate)
Re# 2181156-1            Tags   Past Edits
cancelled, and this draws curtains on predicting TWQL#1 minutes before charting
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