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Posted: Nov 03 2019 (16:18)

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Nov 03 2019 (16:18)   19660/Udaipur City - Shalimar Express
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So, here is my report based on end-to-end travel in Sleeper Class of this train on 25th October, 2019:-
Cleanliness: 2/5
The entire coach was in dire condition, not to mention the toilets and the vestibule area. There was no tap water available since the 2nd day morning (after Guna). Water refilling and toilet cleaning took place at Katni Murwara. But, there was
no OBHS throughout the journey (cleaning of floor and toilets took place at Bilaspur, but that was it).
Punctuality: 5/5
This train usually maintains its schedule throughout its journey.
Food: 3/5
Locations for getting food enroute are:-
DINNER: Udaipur City (from station premises before boarding)
BED TEA: Plenty of vendors
BREAKFAST(in the form of SNACKS): Bina Malkhedi/Saugor
LUNCH: Katni Murwara
DINNER: Bilaspur
BED TEA: Tatanagar/Kharagpur
As there is no Pantry Car, so one has to purchase meals from stations having such facility, which are very few in number throughout the entire journey.
I still remember that during my journey returning from our college tour, some snacks were loaded from Bina Malkhedi on the 2nd day morning, nothing before that (I and others were probably not expecting to get any food before Katni Murwara). Then, lunch was loaded from Katni Murwara, and dinner from Bilaspur.
NOTE: E-Catering is available at Bilaspur (some of my friends ordered pizza from Dominos).
Ticket Availability: 5/5
You should easily get tickets in this train, as it is the least preferred one in its route. As I was travelling during the Diwali season, thus my coach was full. Otherwise, on any other day, there would hardly be 50% occupancy.
Railfanning: 5/5
The train passes through some very scenic routes throughout the day time.The only kink is that the Bhanwar Tonk Ghats pass just after sunset.
Safety: 1/5
Throughout the journey, not one RPF Personnel came for any sort of inspection (except for Saugor to Katni Murwara). Plus, daily passengers start boarding from Guna and Bina Malkhedi onwards till Shahdol, which puts the safety of one's luggage in jeopardy.
All in all, if travelling in a group, your journey should be one to remember, like mine was !

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