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12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT)
হাওড়া - চেন্নাই মেল     हावड़ा - चेन्नई मेल

HWH/Howrah Junction --> MAS/Chennai Central

Inaugural Run
Wed Aug 15, 1900
Pantry/Catering
✓ Pantry Car
✓ On-board Catering
✓ E-Catering
Good Food.
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Reschedule by 1 hr 30 mins on 11/04/2017
Tue Apr 11, 2017 (09:53PM)
Updated: Oct 03 2016 (22:09) by brandonbuffard^~
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RSA - Rake Sharing
12839/12840/12841/12842 has RSA & CBC RAKE.
Rating: 3.3/5 (167 votes)
cleanliness - average (29)
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railfanning - good (27)
safety - good (26)
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Predictions: 18
confirm: 1
rac: 1
wl: 16
Journey: Sat Apr 29, 2017 @ 23:45
Class: AC 2-tier - 2A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 40
Travel: MAS/Chennai Central   to   HWH/Howrah Junction   |   1662 km / 1662 km
12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT)
Entry# 2243374

Posted by: mthcdoshi~   867 blog posts   3428 correct pred (89% accurate)
PNR: 464-xxxxxxx    |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Apr 20 2017 (16:41)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 23 (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 24 (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 25 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Apr 29 2017 (22:49)
Passenger 1: Released (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Released (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart PREPARED

Full PNR Status History (9 statuses)
Status as of: Apr 29 2017 (19:50)
Passenger 1: Released (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Released (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart PREPARED

Status as of: Apr 29 2017 (19:45)
Passenger 1:  (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2:  (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3:  (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 29 2017 (18:45)
Passenger 1: Released (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Released (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 9 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 29 2017 (18:33)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 11 (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 12 (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 13 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 29 2017 (13:27)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 15 (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 16 (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 17 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 27 2017 (15:27)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 17 (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 18 (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 19 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 24 2017 (20:25)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 20 (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 21 (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 22 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 23 2017 (10:25)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 21 (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 22 (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 23 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 20 2017 (16:41)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 23 (Booking Status: W/L 25,GNWL)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 24 (Booking Status: W/L 26,GNWL)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 25 (Booking Status: W/L 27,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4335
Chart NOT Prepared


  
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Apr 29 2017 (19:39)
Gaurav G Kumar   137 blog posts   3263 correct pred (68% accurate)
Re# 2243374-1            Tags   Past Edits
what is released here???

  
170 views
Apr 29 2017 (19:46)
12658 Chennai Mail*^~   9058 blog posts   22718 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2243374-2            Tags   Past Edits
Tkt not cancelled, alternative accommodation provided probably down graded to 3A

  
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Apr 29 2017 (19:51)
Jagdeesh Srivastava~   3913 blog posts   9689 correct pred (73% accurate)
Re# 2243374-3            Tags   Past Edits
a new PNR is generated automatically regarding new seat allotment details.
  
Predictions: 16
confirm: 0
rac: 0
wl: 16
Journey: Tue Apr 18, 2017 @ 23:45
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 128
Travel: MAS/Chennai Central   to   HWH/Howrah Junction   |   1662 km / 1662 km
12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT)
Entry# 2238955

Posted by: Gopinaath Senthil Kadirvel   2 blog posts
PNR: 454-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Apr 17 2017 (11:15)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 18 (Booking Status: W/L 36,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Apr 18 2017 (20:03)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 36,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart PREPARED

Full PNR Status History (6 statuses)
Status as of: Apr 18 2017 (20:03)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 36,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart PREPARED

Status as of: Apr 18 2017 (09:30)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 9 (Booking Status: W/L 36,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 17 2017 (21:27)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 10 (Booking Status: W/L 36,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 17 2017 (18:56)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 11 (Booking Status: W/L 36,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 17 2017 (17:37)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 13 (Booking Status: W/L 36,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 17 2017 (11:19)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 18 (Booking Status: W/L 36,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart NOT Prepared


  
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Apr 17 2017 (12:28)
Gopinaath Senthil Kadirvel   2 blog posts
Re# 2238955-1            Tags   Past Edits
please predict
  
★★★  General Travel
Feb 25 2017 (11:24)   12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT)

PKV*^~   19093 blog posts   73 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 2177667            Tags   Past Edits
THE GREAT IRCTC PANTRY CAR RACKET
Was travelling with my wife by this train which departed from MAS on 7th February. The next day I ordered an EGG MEAL THALI which was served by the PC staff a little before we reached VSKP. I had earlier seen the rate list displayed on a board in the pantry car which indicated that the rates were Rs.50 for a veg meal and Rs. 55 for a non-veg meal. After we had consumed the meal, at about 3 pm, the staff asked me to pay Rs. 160 for the meal. I was well aware of this kind of extortion in this and several other long-distance trains. But I quietly told the waiter that I would
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go to the pantry car and pay there.
Later I enquired of the manager why I was being charged Rs. 160 for a meal which according to their own rate board cost only Rs.55. The manager conned me saying Rs.55 was for a STANDARD THALI whereas what I had been served was a DELUXE THALI (whatever that means). I came back without paying.
I whatsupped a few of my admin friends from IRI. They asked me to insist on a bill before payment. One of them also msgd me a mobile number to lodge a complaint which I promptly did. There was an instant response from IR saying the matter is being investigated and they will revert in due course.
Meanwhile the PC staff came again for payment at around 5pm and, as requested, gave me a bill for Rs.160 before collecting the cash. I immediately sent a snap of the bill to my WA group of IRI admins. What followed was a spate of tweets to the Railway Minister and EVERYBODY who is SOMEBODY in IR.
There was a lull till say 8.30 pm by which time the train had reached Khurda Road. Suddenly 2 staff from the PC came to my bay with a dinner thali. My wife and I declined it saying we had finished our dinner. They then REFUNDED me an amount of Rs. 105 (160-55) and requested me to withdraw my complaint. The guys looked pretty menacing and as my wife was scared out of her wits I had no option but to comply with their request. I immediately smsed saying the amount charged in excess had since been refunded and the matter may be treated as resolved. But IR was apparently in no mood to let go and msgd back saying matter will be closed only after due enquiry and action. I am sharing my experience so that it can serve as eye-opener to all my friends here who may face similar situations during train travel.

9 posts - Feb 2017

2 posts - Fri Mar 24, 2017

  
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Mar 24 2017 (12:07)
IR no more Safe^~   20975 blog posts   96277 correct pred (75% accurate)
Re# 2177667-12            Tags   Past Edits
click here
.
ER Chief Comm. Manager imposed Fine, after my complaint.
But still the "Manmani" of PC Caterers continues.

  
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Mar 24 2017 (12:10)
PKV*^~   19093 blog posts   73 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 2177667-13            Tags   Past Edits
Pran, the stakes are high and the profit margins are huge. Politicians and railway officials too are involved in these rackets. So the contractors do not mind paying an occasional penalty which they can easily recover from subsequent sales............

  
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Mar 24 2017 (12:12)
IR no more Safe^~   20975 blog posts   96277 correct pred (75% accurate)
Re# 2177667-14            Tags   Past Edits
Absolutely correct, what they are going to lose with 5K fine, when they are profiting in lakhs. Its nothing. Heavy Penalty, Suspension of Tender is reqd.

  
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Mar 24 2017 (12:29)
Donate on Bharat Ke Veer^~   33470 blog posts   26577 correct pred (77% accurate)
Re# 2177667-15            Tags   Past Edits
Mere dad ne Purushottam Express me 130 rs ka Veg meal lia aur jb kaha ki 50 ka h to bola ki 1 april se laagu hoga

  
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Mar 24 2017 (17:36)
PKV*^~   19093 blog posts   73 correct pred (80% accurate)
Re# 2177667-16            Tags   Past Edits
Bilkul jhoot bola hai pantrywalon ne
  
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Apr 03 2017 (00:14)   12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT) | MAS/Chennai Central (12 PFs)

१२५५९ शिवगंगा सुपरफास्ट एक्सप्रेस १२५६०*^~   7534 blog posts   4576 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 2220114            Tags   Past Edits
Here comes Madras Howrah Mail ,Honored of getting first diesel haul train in India,One of the most prestigious train and all season time train in Madras-Howrah route.
Coaches got POhed and they are looking fine,Though the rush was same as usual
  
Predictions: 5
confirm: 4
rac: 0
wl: 1
Journey: Mon Apr 03, 2017 @ 23:45
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 128
Travel: MAS/Chennai Central   to   HWH/Howrah Junction   |   1662 km / 1662 km
12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT)
Entry# 2221041

PNR: 475-xxxxxxx (PRS)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Apr 03 2017 (19:37)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 4 (Booking Status: W/L 5,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Apr 03 2017 (21:17)
Passenger 1: S8,12 [LB] (Booking Status: W/L 5,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart PREPARED

Full PNR Status History (3 statuses)
Status as of: Apr 03 2017 (19:45)
Passenger 1: S8,12 [LB] (Booking Status: W/L 5,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart PREPARED

Status as of: Apr 03 2017 (19:45)
Passenger 1:  (Booking Status: W/L 5,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Apr 03 2017 (19:22)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 4 (Booking Status: W/L 5,TQ)
Total Fare:  845
Chart NOT Prepared


  
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Apr 03 2017 (19:52)
Hiriyanna*^   2034 blog posts   164327 correct pred (93% accurate)
Re# 2221041-1            Tags   Past Edits
No PT was available. Please mention if a PNR is eligible for lb quota after posting it. April fool baan gaaye..

  
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Apr 03 2017 (19:54)
जय हो ™^~   11850 blog posts   114319 correct pred (75% accurate)
Re# 2221041-2            Tags   Past Edits
Sir, ye guest PNR hai...
Koi fayda nahi samjha ke.
  
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Apr 03 2017 (00:10)   12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT) | MAS/Chennai Central (12 PFs)

१२५५९ शिवगंगा सुपरफास्ट एक्सप्रेस १२५६०*^~   7534 blog posts   4576 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 2220112            Tags   Past Edits
Legendary Madras-Howrah Sf Mail 12840/39
  
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Mar 12 2015 (06:48)   12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT) | VKT/Venkatachalam (3 PFs)
 

PKV*^~   19093 blog posts   73 correct pred (80% accurate)
Entry# 1393884            Tags   Past Edits
An old post of mine dated 8th Sept 2011, NOW REPOSTED for the benefit of several newcomers to IRI.
A REAL RAIL LIFE INCIDENT
TIME : Around 12 midnight circa 1965
VENUE : VENKATACHALAM, a nondescript way-side station on the
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Vijayawada section, 159 kms from Madras Central.
HERO : Assistant Station Master, SVPLN Rao, (name changed), with less than
12 months’ service to go before superannuation. A God-fearing gentleman
nearing the end of his rather uneventful service life and whose only
ambition was to retire in peace without any incident to mar the rest of his
hitherto unblemished career.
CAST : 4DN Madras – Howrah Mail, the CROWN JEWEL, of the SR network,
then ranking even higher than the venerable 16 DN GRAND TRUNK
EXP in the pecking order of trains between Madras and Vijayawada.
perhaps because it then held the UNIQUE DISTINCTION of being the first
long distance train in India to be hauled by a diesel locomotive since 1965.
As Mr. Rao was reclining in his chair, his subordinate came in and told him in Telugu “4 MAIL is coming”. The ASM who was half asleep sprang up and taking the green light in his right hand briskly walked to the platform before positioning himself in the centre. In a few minutes the Howrah Mail thundered past the station as Mr. Rao waved it onwards with the green light while his subordinate exchanged the oval wooden ring token with the loco pilot. ALL IS WELL or so thought Mr. Rao. It did occur to him that the 4 MAIL had seemed much shorter in length than usual and had whizzed past the station in less than normal time. But that was to be expected with the new generation high-speed diesel locos which had just been pressed into service for hauling passenger trains. 3UP/4DN were the guinea pigs selected for this purpose of experimentation by the Indian Railways. Rao, a die-hard conservative, was not in favour of dispensing with traditions like the old war-horses, the ever-reliable steam engines. But then he considered himself as a small fry in the rail hierarchy and whose voice remained inaudible in the wilderness. It was not for him TO REASON WHY. His duty was TO DO EVEN IF NOT DIE. With these musings, he wended his way back to the soothing comfort of his chair and immediately proceeded to take a catnap, as the next train was due only after 90 mns.
No sooner had he closed his eyelids than his subordinate, in a highly agitated and excited frame of mind. came running in to his room to say that he could hear the approaching rumble of YET ANOTHER DOWN TRAIN. This was QUITE OUT OF THE ORDINARY and Rao, a hard-core traditionalist, had a pathological aversion to anything EXTRAORDINARY. All the curd rice he had consumed less than an hour ago churned in his stomach and the bile rising to his mouth made him feel nauseous.
In less than an interval of 5 minutes, Rao was again on the platform, attentive and alert. And in no time the rear half of the 4 MAIL, consisting of 10 coaches, gently ambled past him, going ahead on its own momentum, without the aid of a loco, as if powered simply by Sir ISSAC NEWTON’s LAWS OF MOTION.
30 years’ experience of service to the country’s largest employer now stood him in good stead as the ASM immediately cautioned his counterpart at VEDAYAPALEM, a younger colleague, who was prompt enough to sideline the truant first half of the
4 MAIL before repairing the damage to its snapped couplings. After a delay of 60 mns or so, the junior ASM arranged to pack off the Howrah Mail to its next halt at Nellore AS ONE COMPOSITE TRAIN rather than 2 HALVES and again ALL WAS WELL.
SVPLN Rao, at the end of his duties the next morning, performed a PUJA to the goddess at the local temple for ensuring that his record of service remained unscarred by the happenings of the night, during the course of which he had witnessed the passage through his domain of 2 versions of the 4 MAIL.
P.S. It was customary those days in RAIL LINGO to refer to trains by their numbers which were at the most in 3 digits and not 5 as they are at present. The rail staff fondly talked about 3UP, 4DN, 15UP,16DN etc.as if these were their own family members.
P.S. This is a narrative of a real incident which occurred in 1965. However, I have taken certain liberties of embellishing it with details which are not verifiable. For instance, how does one corroborate that Mr. Rao had curd rice for dinner that fateful night. This information DID NOT APPEAR in the report of the mishap featuring in the next day’s Madras edition of THE HINDU newspaper.
Hope you enjoyed reading it.

  
Mar 12 2015 (07:19)
Pilgrim   1050 blog posts
Re# 1393884-1            Tags   Past Edits
Thrilling!

  
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Mar 12 2015 (12:20)
Rail Fanning~   2627 blog posts
Re# 1393884-2            Tags   Past Edits
Excellent as always. Really liked the part where you have mentioned 'The rail staff fondly talked about 3UP, 4DN, 15UP,16DN etc.as if these were their own family members.
  
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Apr 01 2017 (08:59)   12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT)

Koladi Ahamed Kunhimon   66 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
Entry# 2217981            Tags   Past Edits
dear Sirs
can ibook railway ticket in same train same distance in different classes waiting list ' bcz all classes in this train is waiting list . so if one confirm other will cancel . can i do it
  
Predictions: 9
confirm: 9
rac: 0
wl: 0
Journey: Mon Mar 27, 2017 @ 23:45
Class: AC 3-tier - 3A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 30
Travel: MAS/Chennai Central   to   HWH/Howrah Junction   |   1662 km / 1662 km
12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT)
Entry# 2212742

Posted by: mthcdoshi~   867 blog posts   3428 correct pred (89% accurate)
PNR: 423-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Mar 27 2017 (18:47)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 9,TQ)
Total Fare:  2160
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Mar 27 2017 (19:48)
Passenger 1: B2,29 [MB] (Booking Status: W/L 9,TQ)
Total Fare:  2160
Chart PREPARED

Full PNR Status History (3 statuses)
Status as of: Mar 27 2017 (19:48)
Passenger 1: B2,29 [MB] (Booking Status: W/L 9,TQ)
Total Fare:  2160
Chart PREPARED

Status as of: Mar 27 2017 (19:45)
Passenger 1:  (Booking Status: W/L 9,TQ)
Total Fare:  2160
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Mar 27 2017 (18:47)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 9,TQ)
Total Fare:  2160
Chart NOT Prepared


  
1528 views
Mar 27 2017 (19:05)
Bhubaneswar New Station By May End😍😊^~   3652 blog posts   15271 correct pred (79% accurate)
Re# 2212742-1            Tags   Past Edits
PT Avbl 15
  
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Mar 24 2017 (12:12)   12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT)

সুইব মির্জা~   516 blog posts   461 correct pred (76% accurate)
Entry# 2208961            Tags   Past Edits
Small TB...
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