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Sat May 10, 2014 (06:21PM)

12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT)
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Mar 23 (10:25AM)   12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT)        

Venkat వెంకట్   9508 blog posts   9 correct pred (83% accurate)    
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Howarh to RJY/BZA given GNWL for this train. I really don't know on what basis this is given. Its not having proper timings also. Instead empty running trains such as HWH-SSPN, SRC-TPTY can be give GNWL which arrives morning at RJY. Due to this GNWL end to end travelers getting problem
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Sat-Mar 28 GNWL# 57 / RAC140 GNWL# 46 / WL# 22 GNWL# 24 / WL# 10 Avbl 1 0m old Refresh
Sun-Mar 29 GNWL# 46 / RAC143 GNWL# 28 / WL# 22 GNWL# 11 / WL# 6 GNWL# 1 / WL# 1 0m old Refresh
Mon-Mar 30 RAC122 / RAC 85 GNWL# 30 / WL# 2 GNWL# 10 / WL# 3 Avbl 3 0m old Refresh
Tue-Mar 31 RAC86 / RAC
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73 GNWL# 14 / WL# 5 GNWL# 6 / WL# 1 Avbl 2 0m old Refresh
Wed-Apr 01 RAC75 / RAC 62 GNWL# 22 / WL# 5 GNWL# 4 / WL# 2 Avbl 2 0m old Refresh
Thu-Apr 02 RAC65 / RAC 56 GNWL# 21 / WL# 8 GNWL# 25 / WL# 10 Avbl 5 0m old

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Venkat వెంకట్   9508 blog posts   9 correct pred (83% accurate)    
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Many rickets getting booked upto RJY , BZA which are getting consumed from GNWL. So it surely effects end to end travellers.

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Ya but trains not for only end to end..these type of quotas will give more revenue to railways..let 50 berths booked b/w HWH BZA as well as another 50 from HWH toRJY,EE,TDD..so those 100 berths will allot to RJY/EE/BZA to MAS..so one single berth will allot HWH BZA as well as BZA MAS which amounts higher Dan HWH MAS direct booking.

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Clerance kuda alage untadi gurugaru...Seperate quota petti allotment evvakunda adi indulo kalipestaru, super revenue...Punjab mail (CSTM-FZR) lanti train chudandi same pattern of same GNWL allotment chala stations ki but that won't effect End to end much..
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Mar 12 (6:48AM)   12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT) | VKT/Venkatachalam (3 PFs)        

PKV**   18252 blog posts   48 correct pred (82% accurate)  
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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
Madras- 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
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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.

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Pilgrim   464 blog posts  
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Thrilling!

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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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Mar 05 (5:15PM)   12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT) | GLU/Gullipadu        

Pavankumar2717   3488 blog posts   399 correct pred (76% accurate)  
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Station Tag: Gullipadu/GLU added by Pavankumar2717/890420

Mar 05 2015 (5:16PM)
Train Tag: Howrah - Chennai Mail/12839 added by Pavankumar2717/890420
Overtaken by 12254 ANGA express at Gullipadu...
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Mar 05 (5:16AM)   12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT) | GLP/Gollaprolu        

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Location: Gollaprolu Station (GLP)

Mar 05 2015 (5:37AM)
Itarsi WAP4 number 22986 sprinting with 12840 MAS-HWH Mail heading towards VSKP
Location: Gollaprolu Station (GLP)

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Location: Gollaprolu Station (GLP)
Itarsi WAP4 number 22986 sprinting with 12840 MAS-HWH Mail heading towards VSKP
Date taken: Dec 11 2014
Location: Gollaprolu Station (GLP)
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Feb 09 2015 (8:59PM)   12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT) | VSKP/Visakhapatnam Junction (8 PFs)        

Mahendra Reddy   325 blog posts   351 correct pred (70% accurate)    
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Feb 09 2015 (9:04PM)
-4 #22886, Air brake, Roof mounted DBRs at VSKP station, yesterday
#Loco #Offlink #Itarsi #WAP-4 #22886, Air brake, Roof mounted DBRs at VSKP station, yesterday...it was leaving to MAS...
Pic 1: Engine
Pic 2: Engine with rake
Pic 3, 4, 5 : Rake

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Mahendra Reddy   325 blog posts   351 correct pred (70% accurate)    
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more pics to follow later today....of other engine and a LHB rake
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Mar 01 (12:50PM)   12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT) | PSA/Palasa (3 PFs)        

shiva1992**   6071 blog posts   386 correct pred (58% accurate)  
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Station Tag: Chennai Central/MAS added by ��प्रभु �� �� सुरेश**/45315

Mar 02 2015 (10:08AM)
Station Tag: Palasa/PSA added by ��प्रभु �� �� सुरेश**/45315

Mar 02 2015 (10:08AM)
Train Tag: Howrah - Chennai Mail/12839 added by ��प्रभु �� �� सुरेश**/45315
Today reservation clerk didnt allow me to get handicapped concession in 3A. is concession is not there under 3A?
Train 12839 from PSA-MAS

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shiva1992**   6071 blog posts   386 correct pred (58% accurate)  
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230 views still no one?

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Were you buying the ticket for somebody else ? If yes, then i think that man has to be present in person while booking the ticket. Otherwise if you have proper documents, then nobody can refuse

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shiva1992**   6071 blog posts   386 correct pred (58% accurate)  
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i have proper documents , use to get concession in sleeper

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shiva1992**   6071 blog posts   386 correct pred (58% accurate)  
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i was buying for my brother only, escort is my dad

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then concession might not be available in 3A under the category of differently abled

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AFAIK, HP concession can be availed in any class.

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yes but that clerl said it is avb only in sl.2a

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Nazeer*^   9546 blog posts   16116 correct pred (71% accurate)  
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But this is what indianrail.gov.in says--
-- 75% in 2nd class, SL, 1st class, 3AC, AC chair car
-- 50% in 1AC and 2 AC
-- 25% in 3AC & AC Chair Car of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains
-- 50% in MST & QST
-- One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
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Feb 12 2015 (7:51AM)   12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT)        

PKV**   18252 blog posts   48 correct pred (82% accurate)  
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This circuitous merry-go-round route was because of breaches in the tracks between Howrah & Kharagpur as well as in several places in Orissa, due to heavy rains and floods
I travelled by this train from Howrah to Chennai on the 20th of October, 1979. Well nothing great about that as it was just one among perhaps as many as 25 journeys I have undertaken by this train in its various avatars as 3 UP, 6003 UP, 2603 UP , 2839 UP and now 12839 UP.
However, the intriguing part of this particular journey is that after it departed from Howrah at 20.35 hours, the first 4 halts for this train were like an entry from RIPLEY’S believe it or not. The stoppages at BURDWAN, DURGAPUR, RANIGANJ and ASANSOL may in fact make you think I was going to Delhi and not Madras. From Asansol we changed course and veered away to Tatanagar before following the Howrah-Mumbai line up to Jharsuguda. Then followed yet another deviation towards Sambalpur, Titlagarh, Rayagada,
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Vizianagaram and finally Waltair. Thereafter it was familiar territory to Madras via Vijayawada.
This merry-go-round route was because of breaches in the tracks between Howrah & Kharagpur as well as in several places in Orissa, due to heavy rains and floods. As a result the Coromandel remained cancelled for more than a month while the Mail was diverted on a circuitous route through the Eastern Railway network. The South Eastern Railway authorities had published in the media the revised schedule of the train which was as follows :
Howrah 20.15
Asansol 00.15
Tatanagar 4.15
Rourkela 6.50
Jharsuguda 8.20
Sambalpur 9.20
Titlagarh 12.20
Rayagada 14.20
Vizianagaram 16.20
Waltair 18.10
Rajahmundry 21.45
Vijayawada 1.00
Madras 10.00
In accordance with the revised schedule, the train departed from Howrah with a delay of 20 mns at 20.35 hrs and reached Madras only 15 mns late at 10.15 on the 3rd day morning. Incidentally I returned by the 4 DN Mail leaving Chennai on 30th October and it traversed the same route. Only this time it took 3 hours more leaving Chennai at 18.15 and arriving at Howrah on 1st November at 10.50 am. In the 115 year-old history of this train, this was probably the longest distance it had covered.

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Mail is still the first choice for the travellers between mas-hwh
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Jan 12 2015 (7:03PM)   12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT) | CLKA/Chilka        
 

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Station Tag: Chilka/CLKA added by Railfan Pragyan/1109572

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Train Tag: Howrah - Chennai Mail/12839 added by Railfan Pragyan/1109572
Enjoy the beauty of tracks beside a lake and a mountain , when the legendary HWH - MAS mail passes through the beautiful chilika lake !!

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Thanks Sir !
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Feb 10 2015 (5:37PM)   12840/Chennai - Howrah Mail (PT) | KYM/Kadiyam (1 PFs)        
 

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Huge Offlink Itarsi WAP4 negotiating Kadiyam curve with 12842 Chennai Central - Howrah Jn Mail S/F Express.
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Jan 24 2015 (11:43AM)   12839/Howrah - Chennai Mail (PT) | MAS/Chennai Central (12 PFs)        
 

Love affair with 12658 continues   1396 blog posts   216 correct pred (62% accurate)    
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#Offlink Lallaguda P7 30325 brought Mail today 10 mins BT at MAS.

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Bharat   47 blog posts  
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LGD P7 is regular these days for mail b/w VSKP-MAS section
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