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Mar 21 2016 (18:18)   12610/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central SF Express

cybertechie1   4 blog posts
Entry# 1775012            Tags   Past Edits
Got a chance to travel by Bengalure-Chennai intercity express last Saturday. I had no complaints regarding punctuality of this train since i reached my destination on time. The condition of AC chair car( C2 coach) was the worst i have seen. It was a very old coach with blue seats. Water was leaking from overhead ac vents and cooling was very poor. To make matters worse, vendors keep pouring in every minute closing/opening the door which further affected the cooling. I was sweating inside the chair car. No wonder why railway is loosing business to Volvo in Chn-sbc sector. The only saving grace on the journey was food. On the contrary to the opinion about food being average on SF express, i found it to be good and very economical. 3 idilis & one vada costed 30 rs. A plate of tomato rice was priced at 30 rs. Taste...
was not bad at all. While alighting, i noticed that C1 coach was much better looking coach with those brown seats. If someone is planning to travel on this train, please pay a few hundreds extra an opt for Shatabdi instead. Even Volvo isn't a bad option.

Mar 21 2016 (18:30)
maheshsunda*^~   4338 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
Re# 1775012-1            Tags   Past Edits
Hi Mr. Techie, welcome to IRI and your clearly written first blog piece on the SF-yet-crawler ICE. Yes, some of these chair cars are not that good, but generally speaking this train from SWR is maintained relatively neat. The variety of food, no doubt, is good, but the taste I would say is okay. This train basically caters to the masses, especially intermediate, short-distance travelers, and Shatabdi is an elite one, not for the masses, and the inconveniences that you have mentioned above are not new to Railways and we, Indians, are so used to adjusting. Please do write to the authorities concerned as your contribution towards betterment of the system. Of course, I do agree that IR is losing out to the Volvo cartel, but let's wait and hope things get better ASAP.

Mar 23 2016 (00:12)
cybertechie1   4 blog posts
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Thank a lot for replying to my post sir.
I need to travel on SBC-MAS route at least twice a month to meet my family back in Chennai. I was hoping that all the trains on this route will be good due to excellent patronage however after seeing the condition of the Chair car, my expectations from Indian railways has taken a beating.If chair car is so bad, I shudder to think how regular 2S coaches would be. Also came across a few reports on this site that talks about unreserved passengers swarming reserved 2s coaches in Intercity/lalbagh. Do you know whether the situation has improved in 2s coaches?
Shatabdi, agreed it is a very good train but the breakfast they serve is horrible and moreover, Shatabdi doesn't stop in KJM which makes it difficult for folks like us who need to travel to Whitefield/Marthahalli side. I hope IR adds a KJM stop for Shatabdi.

Mar 24 2016 (09:56)
maheshsunda*^~   4338 blog posts   31422 correct pred (71% accurate)
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As everyone knows, Chennai-Bangalore is a heavy-duty sector and has in its pocket all varieties of trains. If that's the case, it's natural it gets overcrowded on the weekends. Overcrowding as a phenomenon is not new to us, forget railways. Of course, you are insulated from it when you travel CC. I hope the bitter experience that you have had is just an one-off occasion. Agree Shatabdi food isn't good with Meals on Wheels being the caterer. As regards KJM, I heard there is a struggling committee that's working towards betterment of KJM. Please do write to them.
General Travel
Mar 21 2016 (18:30)   22625/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City AC Double Decker Express

cybertechie1   4 blog posts
Entry# 1775032            Tags   Past Edits
Got a chance to travel by DD last Friday. Seat allocated to me was a lower deck window seat. I was very anxious regarding DD since i came across lot of complaints about cramped seats . I'm 5 feet 11 big guy. I found that leg room even on the lower deck area was not as bad as people made it sound like. Seats on this train was much better than Spicejet & Indigo economy seats. Yes, i have to agree that seats were a bit narrow and hard. I wish railways added some cushion to soften the seat. Only complaint regarding this train was the overheated luggage bin. It wasn't big enough to take my medium size bag in there. I loved the ride quality of DD. DD felt more planted and less jerky than Shatabdi express. The good thing about this train was consistent speed. I fired up my...
GPS speed on few occasions and on all occasions train was cruising at 98-102 kmph. Even 100 Kmph on this train fees like 70 Kmph due to low NVH levels. BTW, occupancy rates were poor. There were about 40 vacant seats in my coach.

Mar 21 2016 (18:47)
GZB WAP7 Namma Rajdhani*^~   9761 blog posts   497 correct pred (74% accurate)
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Nice report sir. This DD is filled only during weekends
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Mar 21 2016 (18:20)   12610/KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central SF Express

cybertechie1   4 blog posts
Entry# 1775017            Tags   Past Edits
Please be informed that C2 coach on this train is a very old coach with very poor cooling. There is hardly any charging ports. C1 coach is much better.
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