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Feb 08 (20:11)   BPB/Badarpur Junction (3 PFs)
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Badarpur Jn, Assam on the Lumding - Agartala line is an unofficial dessert outlet. There are many trains that have a long halt here, due to operational reasons & to get food. These apparently get sold like hot cakes.
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Feb 06 (16:23)   12935/Bandra Terminus - Surat InterCity Express | BDTS/Mumbai Bandra Terminus (7 PFs)
Vivek.Venugopalan^~   2032 blog posts
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I had taken this train from Bandra Terminus to Bilimora in 2S coach in Feb 2024 and listing some tips based on my experience:

1. Coach Condition: The LHB 2S coach in this train is very comfortable and has the seats facing each other with large leg room. This should be the ideal arrangement and Railways should produce LHB 2S coaches with this layout. My coach was D3 that was 2018 made but I noticed that all the 2s coaches had this same arrangement. One charging point was available in each bay
of 6 seats. The top luggage rack was wide enough to accomodate a medium sized trolley bag.

2. Cleanliness and Maintenance: The coaches were very clean and well maintained. The toilets were in satisfactory condition from BDTS.

3. Punctuality: This is a punctual train which gets good priority on the route. We departed BDTS with 8 mins delay (due to Chain Pulling on departure) and reached Bilimora with a delay of 13 mins. It hits very good speeds after Virar.

4. Food: I had taken home cooked food and hence did not try the food onboard. There is no pantry but there are vendors selling various items like Idli Chutney, Medu Vada Chutney, Veg Cutlet, Khaman, Chai and Water.

5. Ticket Availability: This train has good patronage and hence ticket availability might be an issue on Holidays, Weekends and Mondays. If you book about 15 days in advance, the tickets should be easily available.

6. Unreserved Coaches: All the UR coaches are at the back end of the train. This being an intercity train, expect a lot of passengers illegally boarding the 2S coach and travelling in the corridor.

7. Railfanning: It is a nice train for railfanning while traveling in non ac coaches. It goes on a spree and hits high speeds after Virar. The track sounds during the speedy run by the LHB coaches are soothing. Usually gets a WAP-7 in lead.

Although there were unauthorized passengers travelling in the corridor of my 2s coach, this did not cause any issue or conflict during my journey. If you are traveling to Surat or any destination enroute, this should be your preferred train.

Have a safe trip.


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Oct 27 2021 (10:47)   RE/Rewari Junction (8 PFs)
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Retiring room facility avaliable

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Feb 06 (07:12)   NMJ/Nidamangalam Junction (3 PFs)
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Alight here for Alangudi (Gurusthalam). One can take buses going towards Kumbakonam to reach the temple. Buses are available at a very good frequency.
This station serves as a very good transit point for people heading to Mannargudi, Pattukottai, Madukkur, thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, kumbakonam. Townies are available at a good frequency to Thanjavur, Mannargudi and Thiruvarur
all the above mentioned places, one can take buses from the level crossing of national highway that passes through this station and buses ply frequently.

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Feb 04 (22:16)   MDU/Madurai Junction (7 PFs)
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Posting this tip based on my recent journey.
For going to Arulmigu Kallazhagar Thirukkovil (Azhagar Kovil) in Alagarmalai, bus number "44" will be available in good frequency in front (platform - 1) entrance, which takes around 45 minutes - an hour(max), and will drop at the entrance of the temple. Ticket cost is Rs. 31/- per person. And return direction, the same bus you can get down near madurai junction.

For going to Pazhamuthircholai Arulmigu Solaimalai Murugan Thirukkovil, from Azhagar Kovil, which is roughly 3.5 kms, buses run by HRCE of TN govt is available at the entrance of the temple in every 15 - 30 mts frequency at Rs. 10/- per person. Also, there will be a staircase/walkway at the entrance of the temple, one can even walk in that to reach the temple.
Both temples close by 8 PM in the night.
And if one has to come to Arulmigu Meenakshi Amman Thirukkovil, from Alagarkovil by bus no 44, can get down at simmakkal bus stop, and it is walkable from there, around 500 meters.
And if one has to go to MGR bus stand (Mattuthavani), direct buses will be available but frequency is not that much, if direct buses are not available, one can take 44 bus and change at goripalayam for MGR bus stand (Mattuthavani).

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