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Jul 04 2017 (20:53)   22205/Chennai Central - Madurai AC Duronto Express

Railfan Z*^~   11571 blog posts   2585 correct pred (84% accurate)
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Exclusive air-conditioned trains are no longer a fresh idea by any standard. Even if you stay clear of the statistics, (an approach I conveniently yet subtly prefer all the time) it’d be safe to state that it has been decades ever since this particular concept was tried and implemented in various colours and, as I can add as of today, in various shapes. However, planning it perfect enough for them to run into waitlist, the prevalent yardstick to denote a train successful, continues to be
a rare sight.
The southern half of the IR network has some astonishing specimens running that make you raise a couple of questions. Or broadly speaking, just one precise question in each case.
Chennai Madurai Duronto has the most convenient timings an overnight can possibly sport. Add to that the tremendous rush of people shuttling between the two cities. But how tough was it to imagine that this tremendous rush peaks on Friday from one side and on Sundays from the other? At the point in history where technical halts were being converted into commercial to cure the ailments of this breed of trains, condition of this guy was like that of a cancer patient who’s being injected with insulin just because his doctor has other thoughts as it hasn’t been long since Vyapam.
Thiruvananthapuram Duronto, on account of being a Friday departure, partially hit it right to begin with. Beautiful return timings did it have, just in time for office hours with the only fault that almost nobody had office to attend on its day of arrival. Tiny mistake was it and just when we thought it was being corrected, SR did what the officials of Election Commission do to your Voter ID card when you request them for a correction. Well, yeah. They make another mistake, elsewhere. They moved its arrival to the day you can directly head to office on but no longer on office timings.
19419 Chennai - Ahmedabad Express has been a path-breaking idea since Navjeevan in bringing the travel time down while also saving a day for the Gujarat bound passengers. Its slot being free on the weekends and announcement of an Ahmedabad - Chennai Humsafar made people think that this undoubtedly has to be the weekend version of 9420. Cut to today and you’ve another reason to ask the very same question that’s being asked across these stories. Am I the only one with the rationale to think that a Saturday departure could’ve become a Sunday overnight from PUNE to ADI? What more of a win-win can one ask for?
A full AC train to Rajasthan from Chennai departs when? On a Thursday. Trichy Humsafar was slow by some 5 odd hours just to make it an overnight between Trichy and Bangalore. When? On a Thursday. YPR KCVL Garib Rath which can easily ferry the Friday night rush of Kerala bound techies departs when? On a Thursday. SWR also sends the full AC rake of YPR DEE Duronto to Kochuveli. When? On. A. Thursday. And what doesn’t happen on a Thursday? Well, the Delhi bound Yesvantpur Duronto doesn’t depart on a Thursday which’d have otherwise allowed it to depart on Saturdays from Delhi making it profitable both ways. But that’d probably be too logical by IR standards.
It’s imperative to understand that after over a century of us Indians being used to the subsided non-AC travel, it’d take some time for exclusively air-conditioned trains to be successful wherever they’re launched. To begin with, it is only logical to deploy them on the right days. These little changes can fix bigger problems and pave way for economic viability for more of such services in near future.

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Jul 04 2017 (23:13)
Shivam~   4633 blog posts   1173 correct pred (87% accurate)
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Nagpur Pune Amravati Amritsar AC also fall into wrong days of run category besides being slow.

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Jul 05 2017 (18:20)
Dinesh Gada   677 blog posts   4 correct pred (44% accurate)
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Nice article. But all this is due to heavy load of bus lobby and lethargic attitude of not railway ministry but the local zone level officers whose pockets are regularly filled by black cash.

Jul 13 2017 (18:21)
Rail Fanning~   2722 blog posts
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Agree completely to this write up. Recently there was an article where SWR stated that their pf are choked hence cannot run new trains on Friday night to Kerala. Ironically they are able to manage lots of trains on Tue/Wed/Thurs..............!!!! But somehow not able to do so on a Friday

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Yesterday (18:31)
DhnEcr~   5508 blog posts
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Great Insights. Timing has a massive role to play. A similar eg. When 12260 Sdah Duronto in its glorious days when both fare and punctuality was not an issue it had massive demand due to its convenient 8pm timings. What's more a good margin deboarded it at DHN a tech halt then just because ppl could board it conveniently post office and catching Rajdhani on Friday meant only 1 option Sdah Raj and taking half day leave.

Yesterday (20:57)
Baaz SGUJ WDP4~   1109 blog posts   43 correct pred (62% accurate)
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Nice Insights.
Many of the points you mentioned in your blog just hints towards the direction that the only thing taken care to serve passenger is introduction of trains and that IR usually gives priority to operational convenience over passenger convenience.
Let's discuss the point where you mentioned about arrival at office timings during working days. It is known that all big stations like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Banglore are already clogged with a lot of trains plying to the city from various adjoining states and cities, during morning hours. In that case,
it becomes difficult to adjust a new weekly train between all those daily overnight express trains. Difficult, I say, not impossible.
Talk about logic in IR affairs. From train operations to introduction of special trains, politics and fraudulent practices are prevalent everywhere. Every festival, NFR gets only one special train to Delhi, and that too a Suvidha from Kamakhya and Anand Vihar. And talk about timings, the train departs from ANVT at 05:15 in the morning to reach Guwahati at around evening of the next day. Which means if you want to visit your home during festivals, pay premium price and waste 2 days in the train, and delay is extra.
And since, the train departs from Anand Vihar, one gets restless in the night. But then does it matter? Railway is giving you a train, what not if timings are suitable? In the scene, where getting a seat is so difficult, should you cry about timings? Or rather accept the graciousness of Railways to be considerate enough to give you a special train?
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Aug 04 2017 (07:45)
Railfan Z*^~   11571 blog posts   2585 correct pred (84% accurate)
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at KHE/Kankather
Running bang on time.

Aug 04 2017 (08:24)
Railfan Z*^~   11571 blog posts   2585 correct pred (84% accurate)
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at HPU/Hapur Junction
HPU before time. I've rarely seen this train this punctual.
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Jul 31 2017 (10:55)
Railfan Z*^~   11571 blog posts   2585 correct pred (84% accurate)
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at ALJN/Aligarh Junction: 7h 25m late
GKP Humsafar just came to a halt at ALJN PF6.

Jul 31 2017 (12:01)
Railfan Z*^~   11571 blog posts   2585 correct pred (84% accurate)
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at ALJN/Aligarh Junction: 8h 31m late
Still at ALJN. Waiting for the loco.

Jul 31 2017 (12:03)
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Bap re bap! 8 ghante late!

Jul 31 2017 (12:12)
Railfan Z*^~   11571 blog posts   2585 correct pred (84% accurate)
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at ALJN/Aligarh Junction: 8h 42m late
12:12 departure.

Jul 31 2017 (15:16)
Railfan Z*^~   11571 blog posts   2585 correct pred (84% accurate)
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RJK/Raja Ka Sahaspur Junction 1 km<-->5 km KD/Kundarkhi: 8h 58m late
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Jul 29 2017 (22:00)   13005/Howrah - Amritsar (Punjab) Mail (PT) | PGW/Phagwara Junction (3 PFs) | GZB/WAP-7/30365

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Jul 29 2017 (23:19)
Railfan Z*^~   11571 blog posts   2585 correct pred (84% accurate)
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Stop. Tagging. Me.

Jul 29 2017 (23:20)
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Jul 28 2017 (15:38)
Jul 28 2017 (14:10)   GOL/Goilkera (2 PFs)   Station - Name & Address

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Local Name:
Regional Name: ଗୋଇଲକେରା
Hindi Name: गोईलकेरा
Goilkera Station, Goilkera

Oct 31 2011 (17:22)   (previous value)
Timeline Entry# 36448
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Jul 28 2017 (16:32)
Railfan Z*^~   11571 blog posts   2585 correct pred (84% accurate)
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Please stop tagging members unnecessarily.

Jul 28 2017 (16:43)
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