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12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail (PT)
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
✕ On-board Catering
✓ E-Catering
Pantry car remains locked.:E-Catering available only at BNC.
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Sat Sep 22, 2012 (07:11PM)
Updated: Sep 30 2016 (10:24) by system
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RSA - Rake Sharing
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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Train Tip
Seating
0 Followers
4837 views
Apr 07 2014 (13:14)   12658/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central Mail (PT)

SWR ❤ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ❤ KSRTC~   2238 blog posts   211 correct pred (71% accurate)
Entry# 1048837            Tags   Past Edits
PC is opened for pax movement upon request.
So next time, suppose you board wrong coach and if the train starts, no need to panic.
Just stay calm and request.

3744 views
Oct 25 2014 (01:19)
sys tem~   8216 blog posts   75544 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 1048837-1            Tags   Past Edits
but how will you request if you are on the other side , u have to bang the door to make the pantry staff open the door , or else how would they listen to your request ??
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Train Tip
Phone Charging/Outlets
0 Followers
5984 views
Apr 11 2014 (13:37)   12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail (PT)

Chicago Sudarshan*^~   5938 blog posts   842 correct pred (74% accurate)
Entry# 1053672            Tags   Past Edits
Phone Charging outlets are present in all sleeper class coaches at each LB. Very neat & comfortable berths.

3770 views
May 13 2014 (10:06)
Jallikattu Is My Birth Right*   6739 blog posts   1641 correct pred (73% accurate)
Re# 1053672-1            Tags   Past Edits
Is it present in SLB too?

3697 views
May 13 2014 (15:34)
Chicago Sudarshan*^~   5938 blog posts   842 correct pred (74% accurate)
Re# 1053672-2            Tags   Past Edits
I don't remember it now sir.

4615 views
Jun 05 2014 (14:20)
LHB for TN Express~   985 blog posts   181 correct pred (72% accurate)
Re# 1053672-3            Tags   Past Edits
This train has a total of 6 rakes (running alone), a total of 78 SL class coaches, I am not sure if this tip is valid for all of them.
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Train Tip
Speed/Punctuality
0 Followers
2880 views
Dec 01 2015 (09:00)   12658/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central Mail (PT)

RPM WAP7 30333 30444 30555^~   9361 blog posts   12116 correct pred (85% accurate)
Entry# 1666935            Tags   Past Edits
Can be used as connecting train for Northern regions from MAS due to its early arrival and huge amount of buffer time.

268 views
Apr 21 2017 (23:13)
Prometh Suresh~   204 blog posts   287 correct pred (62% accurate)
Re# 1666935-1            Tags   Past Edits
Why should you go to MAS for going to North India there will surely be a train from SBC/BNC/KJM/YPR to most of the North Indian Cities

216 views
Apr 22 2017 (04:38)
RPM WAP7 30333 30444 30555^~   9361 blog posts   12116 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 1666935-2            Tags   Past Edits
What if you dont get a seat in those trains?

135 views
Apr 22 2017 (12:19)
Prometh Suresh~   204 blog posts   287 correct pred (62% accurate)
Re# 1666935-3            Tags   Past Edits
There is something called as tatkal and premium tatkal quota and also going via MAS attracts unwanted costs

83 views
Apr 22 2017 (14:36)
RPM WAP7 30333 30444 30555^~   9361 blog posts   12116 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 1666935-4            Tags   Past Edits
You think premium tatkal wont attract unwanted cost? You need to pay as much as Rs.600-700 in PT for SBC-MAS. Moreover trains arent daily from all places. So if you urgently want to go, you can use this alternative when you cant wait for the specific weekly.

298 views
Apr 22 2017 (14:36)
108 years of Electric operations on IR~   2520 blog posts
Re# 1666935-5            Tags   Past Edits
I've used it to catch Jan Shatabdi and MAS-SRC on a few occasions, but it does cost quite a bit as mail usually ends up going into waitlist before the direct trains from SBC do and we have to resort to Tatkal. :)
Kaveri or YPR-MAS/MYS-MAS/SSPN-MAS are usually better (in ticket availability) if connecting to Howrah bound trains.

283 views
Apr 22 2017 (14:38)
RPM WAP7 30333 30444 30555^~   9361 blog posts   12116 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 1666935-6            Tags   Past Edits
But the buffer would be less if you take Kaveri.

278 views
Apr 22 2017 (14:41)
RPM WAP7 30333 30444 30555^~   9361 blog posts   12116 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 1666935-7            Tags   Past Edits
Mail is early almost everyday except in seasons of fog. So it will be convenient. Now that PT is available, and many people dont prefer that except in few cases when there is very high demand, atleast a portion if not all of TQWL gets cleared. :)

278 views
Apr 22 2017 (14:42)
108 years of Electric operations on IR~   2520 blog posts
Re# 1666935-8            Tags   Past Edits
It's a bit risky, yes. But Kaveri was never late at MAS whenever I traveled ( or may be I got lucky :) ). At least for MAS-SRC and Coromandel, it was more or less a reliable connection. But if the other 3 weeklies are running on the day, then they will always be the easier, less risky options.
Of course, given the mail's sleep-killer run, might as well travel in UR if tickets are not available. There won't be any sleep even if we get a berth. :P

272 views
Apr 22 2017 (14:44)
108 years of Electric operations on IR~   2520 blog posts
Re# 1666935-9            Tags   Past Edits
Yup. First time ever I took this chain, I had to book for mail in PT. Thought I could beat the others and book the first tickets before the price scaled up, but ended up paying 1400 for 2 sleeper tickets. I am not complaining though. I prefer the 3 hour-long early morning RF session in MAS over sleep or direct trains. :)
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Train Tip
Speed/Punctuality
0 Followers
6514 views
Nov 10 2013 (14:11)   12658/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central Mail (PT)

BMTIR*^~   21291 blog posts   7424 correct pred (63% accurate)
Entry# 901905            Tags   Past Edits
A very punctual train- the best way to travel is hit the berth as soon as you board the train- TTE will wake you up and ask for the tickets just show and get back to sleep- Every minute you lose in your sleep is precious because this train is so over punctual that he never lets you sleep the complete journey- sometimes reaches by 4:15
Make sure you board at the 1st station and de-board at the last- getting down at any suburb station is not worth losing sleep
Worst arrival time
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experienced in suburb: Perambur at 03:40AM

5248 views
Nov 10 2013 (14:22)
KSG*^~   13825 blog posts   56700 correct pred (81% accurate)
Re# 901905-1            Tags   Past Edits
I entirely agree with you,Siddharth..very unearthly arrival at Perambur.
To make best utilisation of bedding,I station dep and last station arr is best:)

5259 views
Nov 10 2013 (14:24)
BMTIR*^~   21291 blog posts   7424 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 901905-2            Tags   Past Edits
Yes of course- or else once train crosses Arakkonam we will be like our station is next and completely lose sleep- I actually oppose even Cantt boarding because that mins of time also you can sleep rather than waiting at Cantt

5280 views
Nov 10 2013 (14:29)
BMTIR*^~   21291 blog posts   7424 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 901905-4            Tags   Past Edits
theres no issue of TTe waking up- its about your sleep

4136 views
Aug 12 2015 (10:24)
gpkadni   6 blog posts   1 correct pred (100% accurate)
Re# 901905-5            Tags   Past Edits
I also hit the berth immediately on boarding - before the train starts at around 22-10 itself; but be watchful for your luggage. Sleep hard when the train starts. There might be some disturbance at BNC for addl boarding, if any berths are vacant in you bay. Better to set alarm for getting down at PER at around 03-50.
This train normally trails Kerala exp from JTJ upto KPD. Sometimes, this mail is detained till in JTJ till Kerala exp departure.
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Train Tip
Phone Charging/Outlets
0 Followers
4284 views
Jan 02 2017 (18:50)   12628/Karnataka Express (PT)

Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2794 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2113738            Tags   Past Edits
All 6 rakes of KK exp and SBC-MAS-SBC Mail comprise of coaches manufactured in the last 3-4 years and 98% of reserved coaches (SL,3AC,2AC,1AC) have charging points in each bay as a result. Even the older ones are POHed ones and they too have charging points in each bay. Only around 2 or 3 coaches among the 114 (19*6 rakes) do not have charging points so go ahead and test your luck :)
P.S: SWR does shuffle coaches here and there sometimes and the replacement ones too are newer ones having charging points in each bay.

3713 views
Jan 02 2017 (21:36)
RF Z ▶NEVER BOARD A MOVING TRAIN◀*^~   11386 blog posts   2570 correct pred (84% accurate)
Re# 2113738-1            Tags   Past Edits
On the other hand there's SR. TVC Mail. MAQ Mail. Nilagiri. Kaveri. TN. GT. None of the biggies have any traces of charging points. The discussion doesn't even go to the low priority ones.

3689 views
Jan 02 2017 (21:39)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2794 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2113738-2            Tags   Past Edits
ICF dishes out so many coaches to SR every month but God knows where those go. Last week I saw Kerala's rake at AGC and some of the SL coaches were new.. was a pleasant surprise.

3733 views
Jan 02 2017 (21:55)
RF Z ▶NEVER BOARD A MOVING TRAIN◀*^~   11386 blog posts   2570 correct pred (84% accurate)
Re# 2113738-3            Tags   Past Edits
2626's all six rakes have been revamped in the last 4 years. TVC divn has invested all the fresh roll-out it received in changing it's rakes. While what's left with other trains like Thirukkural, DDN KCVL and the like are old rickety shabby coaches. PGT divn is poor as ever receiving all the rejected ones. BBQ is infamous as the one stealing all that SR gets, but where does the stolen stuff go? Poof.

2646 views
Jan 23 2017 (16:28)
Prometh Suresh~   204 blog posts   287 correct pred (62% accurate)
Re# 2113738-4            Tags   Past Edits
I think TVC mail has as it has been upgraded to LHB coaches.

2626 views
Jan 23 2017 (16:37)
RF Z ▶NEVER BOARD A MOVING TRAIN◀*^~   11386 blog posts   2570 correct pred (84% accurate)
Re# 2113738-5            Tags   Past Edits
Read the date-stamp of the comment please.
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Train Tip
General
0 Followers
2930 views
Jul 07 2016 (13:26)   12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail (PT)

RPM WAP7 30333 30444 30555^~   9361 blog posts   12116 correct pred (85% accurate)
Entry# 1920994            Tags   Past Edits
Coaches are well maintained. Always punctual,safe and convenient. Railway police continuously patrol during the journey.
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Train Tip
General
0 Followers
2406 views
May 17 2016 (22:35)   12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail (PT)

vimal19tommy   9 blog posts
Entry# 1851915            Tags   Past Edits
This is d nly SF from Chennai doesn't halt at KJM if its halt @ KR Puram it would be more useful to newones more over from BNC nd BNCE poor connectivity to outer ring road
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Train Tip
Toilet/Water/Cleanliness
0 Followers
4329 views
Jan 01 2014 (08:52)   12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail (PT)

Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2794 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 951733            Tags   Past Edits
If you cannot open the toilet doors from outside, assuming they are occupied don't search for other coach toilets. Chances are that the doors are stuck and no one would have occupied them :) Few coaches of one of Mail's rake have this problem for long time which has never been rectified till date.
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Train Tip
Speed/Punctuality
0 Followers
3200 views
Jan 20 2015 (15:13)   12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail (PT)

लौह शक्ति ब्रह्म शक्ति   284 blog posts   782 correct pred (68% accurate)
Entry# 1345825            Tags   Past Edits
Traveled in this train around three years back from mas to sbc. It departed right time from mas, and arrived 20-30 mins before at sbc. through out the journey the speed of this train was awesome and at that time, the ac coaches as well as sleeper were well cleaned
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