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Trip report Its generally a common scenario when the same rake comes for up and down journey when a train doesnt have RSA. But it becomes a coincidence when the same coach is allocated. And the berth adjacent to one which was undertaken in the up journey Anyway, on 30th November was the return journey by the 12785 Bangalore Express. Since this train doesnt have RSA, I expected the same rake and coach. Tickets booked 2 months in advance also confirmed same coach. When... more...
I landed at Kacheguda station back on the 30th at 1830 hrs, the 1st thing that struck my mind was my 1st journey in this station in the 1995-96. Pestered and cajoled my father that we board the train at KCG rather than from SC, as the train had recently been extended to Kacheguda. Father agreed immediately but mom required bit more cajoling. Who will want to board a train 1/2 an hour earlier when SC was much closer and had a departure 30 mins later. Kacheguda was a much changed station now. Display board proudly stated that 12785 is on platform 4. in 1996, only Pf-1 was the available Broad gauge platform and Kacheguda was literally empty and so was the train. It was a low level platform requiring complete climb, and on the other sides, the MG diesels gave us company. Of course, today no more MG, and the station boasts of having escalators to reach the platforms. We got down the stairs and walked to the front, the engine facing the opposite side of what it was in 1996. Coach S8- seats 57 to 60.. Coach-99297!!.. bought a smile on the face- the same coach as on 27th Adjusted luggage- Display boards showed the late running 12766 to arrive on Pf-2 at 1840.. 16603R was stationed with a pass on the PF-5 as i walked towards our loco. Suddenly the pass gave a horn and left in the direction to KRNT- Holy- the engine is not attached here but has been detached here. The loco followed the rake and I kept pace ahead of it. 57435 KCG-KRNT pass was over a hour late and left at 1845hrs.. The rake of Venkatadri was being shunted in parallel to the pass . KJM alcos were the lead for the night- time to experience but wait- whats 12766 going to do- make us trail?? [IMG] I turn around back to my coach the announcers now announcing that Nizamabad pass will be leaving from PF-5. 17603 rake was in the pitline with the last coach indicating the slip to Vasco. The display board now changes to 12766 arrival as 1900. Oh is it going to be closer.. In the meanwhile Venkatadri moves into Pf-3. Announcement went for the MMTS to Falaknuma arriving at 1900 and behold!! He did come and leave at 1902.. Now next 10 kms he is the leader while we going to trail.. Again a starting delay. 12766 went off to 1915 arrival and we get clearance at 1910 and move out Trailing a MMTS is never a fun and we are forced to keep low speeds as he exits each and every station. All MMTS stations are trotted by. At Dabirpura, Tungabhadra Express from Kurnool pull past us running not very late. We slow down the clearance points at Falaknuma, the palace glowing in the evening light, post the Foreign delegates visit We move past Budvel where a DMU sleeps on the adjacent track and arrive at Umdanagar where we are sandwiched between a DMU and the late running pass to Krunool which has been halted for our overtake. We are again given a danger before shadnagar, slowly turning to amber, as we trot pass the waiting 57488 Mizrapalli passenger. We have a few anxious moments seeing the lack of speed exhibited. Chances of a very delayed arrival again to SBC, if the train is going at this rate After Shadnagar, the alcos let losse the things. They know they have lost their time and they have to make up for it completely atleast to 50%. The race starts, as we move past the Distinction marks.. 85-86-88-again a slip to 85 maintaining 88, moving till 90, we move ahead. A non stop run and 88 kms of our journey, we arrive at Jadcherla, at 2035 hrs, already losing 20 mins of our schedule Its quite a surprise seeing the allocation of stops for this train- A non stop run for 1st 88 kms, and next stop at 19 kms.. followed by a 75 kms and 55 kms run to Gadwal and Kurnool.. And the time for the 75 kms is a mere 58 mins.. Any make up possible only when the territorries change anyway, we arrive MBNR at 2055 hrs and again, we are made to wait for a longer than schedule, thanks to the late running 57326 Guntur Kacheguda pass, arriving behind a GTL WDM-3A. We then proceed and as usual, the dread starts of putting up the berths. one LB taken up by mom, we 3 settle on our bay, having privledge of taking the berths at our requisite. It was a dashing run, but the movement of RPF increased as we enter into the eastern ghats forest region of Andhra. Any slowdown from train is met with flashlights from inside the train, and exchange of signals also met with exchange of these lights with the RPf on the platform. The moonlit night, barely days before full moon, I switched off the lights to give a better look at the scenery. The chugging of the alcos from the distance of 8 coaches, along with occassional sneezes from the locos was clearly heard thanks to low noise. At 2155, we slow down to respect the SR as we cross the long , but partly filled bridge over the River Krishna. A long crossing later, we pull into the station of Gadwal, discharging the huge crowd onto the platform from Hyderabad. RPF torch exchanged, time ticked to 2203, as our train pulled out from the station. Dad signalled to me that time is up and I put up the berths, hoping for the best, now that our delay is extended to 35 mins A quite long sleep.. Long long long enough till I woke up at 0520 to find us leaving some station. Some passenger in other bay remarked "chikballapur" while my mind said they have read the end words only and its likely to be Doddaballapura. Tossing and turning and 35 mins later, we slow down to enter YNK at 0555. The Oche cyclone effect is felt as I open the door, a cold freezing breeze brushes against my face. The City seems to have had its share from cyclone and the roads were remarkably wet Now comes the major issue for 12785.. The Channasandra-Baiyappanhalli bottleneck. The time was 0615 as we neared Channasandra, and it was also the time for 12028 to Chennai to get full preference. As we wait for signal, my mind runs through couple of thoughts.. At the 4 junction of BYPL, Hosur line has a line of trains, the 16235, chased by 16528 in a short gap and 12677 in opposite.. The Chennai line has seen the shatabdi go out and Lalbagh following it shortly.. The opposite from Chennai line having the Tirupati Express (16220), Howrah Yeshvantapur, Island following each other.. And we on the Dharmavaram line at this point are a solo... Though we have a much higher bunch, 22692 Primo supremo takes right at YNK to reach via YPR to SBC, followed by the 22133 from Solapur going only till YPR and even 16571 going only till YPR. Hence, technically at this signal, theres no one behind us. Time keeps ticking.. 10-15-20 well it only knows to tick.. Many passengers losing patience, have kept getting down one after the other and moving out to the Outer ring road, as buses on route 500 fly about to their destinations all around outside the station. Enquired dad, but he was against the deboarding.. We waited At last, at 6:50AM, the clearance is given. We start pulling out.. Cleared the points and entered into BYPL, as the WAP7 hauled 12608 Lalbagh trots past us, accelerating seeing the green ahead.. We have a small halt at BNCE, and move into BNC at 0710, late by close to an hour, where we deboard. Announcement went on for the departure of 56503 to BZA from Pf-3 of BNC, while display boards showed that 16231 was over 2 hours late expected at 07:30, while 16525 Island was 5 hrs late expected at 1215 thanks to the Oche effect at CAPE.. Bidding bye, we exit the station
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Trip Report Major changes have happened over the years over the previous decades with regard Railways. One of the trains was the 85/86 SC-SBC Express in the MG era, which later became a round about, low prioritized, poorly patroned 7085/86 express to Hyderabad, later extending to Kacheguda, getting diverted to the older route on conversion of gauge, getting a byepass for GTL and later becoming a Superfast Any chance to travel in this 12786 is a sort of nostalgia for me, reminding of the 1710 hrs dep from SBC and arriving SC... more...
way past 0930 hrs generally running late. A warm summer afternoon in the mid 90's, booked the tickets with RAC a day before departure and getting it confirmed the next day despite being vacation period was the kind of patronage it had. But thanks to my dad, who patorized trains to buses, this was the regular mode for us no matter what kind of time or route it took The 1st major difference cropped up there. A ticket for 4 of us booked 2 months in advance- A ticket for my cousin joining in last minute had to be dependent on tatkal. No current availability despite being a monday evening, only 2A having about 4 tickets under it. Things do change a lot 27.11.2017.. A nice winter evening. Boarded ola at 1705 hrs, 20 years back the departure time of the train. Waded through the Bangalore City traffic and at 1735 hrs, my uncle messaged that he had reached BNC and 12786 rake is stationed there.. No more is 12786 the dear darling of PF-2, being shunted to some of the lines at BNC/BAND and coming back before departure for ready leaving. Reached SBc at 1745 hrs and was allotted PF-3. When 7085/86 left at 1710hrs, SBC used to be at a standstill. Except for the 2008 at 1620, the announcers used to be silent. The evening sun used to penetrate through the region signalling the significance that the day is ending. But today, all Pf's were occupied. 12627 on Pf-1, Late running 22501 NTSK-SBC on Pf-2, having entered post 17235 departure to Nagercoil, Pf-3 with heavy crowd awaiting their beloved train to KCG, Pf-4 waiting for 22608 ERS weekly, Pf-5 with tthe commuters trains Chamundi Express to Mysore, Pf-6 taking a small breather, Pf-7 with tthe 76553 Dharmapuri DMU, PF-8 with 17325 Vishwamanava running late and trying to take precedence over Chamundi with slot and crowd, Pf-9 with the Kolar bound DMU now coming from Channapatna and Pf-10 with the MEMU to Hindupur. Announcements were continous informing all the passengers, long travellers, daily travellers regarding all the trains that have possibly squeexed into the respective Pf's. At 1805 hrs, KJM WDP-4D 40298 entered with the 12786 rake.. It was quite a surprise that despite being a patronized prime rake, majority of the coaches belonged to the earlier millenium. The average of Sleeper coaches seemed to be of 1998 with one coach of 2004 suddenly popping up in middle of nowhere. Another KJM WDP4 brought in the 22608 rake on Pf-4. KJM WDP-4D reversed and went back to attach to the main end. The alocs were replaced for the day with the EMD. Not too impressive. The announcers themselves seemed to be a bit confused now, announcing that 16216 Chamundi as well as 17325 were ready to depart. Couldnt make out who left 1st, but may be Vishwamanava citing early arrival might have left the station 1st. At 1830 hrs , we got the starter to proceed. 10 mins late Contrary to the slack filled schedule of 1990's, this train is now squeezed into a very tight schedule. An average of 55kmph is not a major achievement, but this is on a track of single line, with crossings enroute, having a few slow moving terrains, various SR's enroute and negotiating freight traffic on the way. The slowest slack is fixed at DMM-ATP section at 46kmph but the speed for the last section is given at 52kmph. The train is highly in hands of section controllers with need to rush through. And we have already got a 10 min delay in departure. Crossing the SBC home, we move towards BNC, where the 56261 pass came in behind carrying the IT crowd with it. A short halt at BNC, we are given the starter and my uncle joins us in the bay, making it us a 5 of family. Of course, my railfan instincts refuses to leave the window though its on non track side. The 76652 DMU from Kolar makes its entry next at BNCE, as we try to go close to MPS. the 56513 pass from KIK is our next crossing, having a slight lazy movement. BYPL is skipped through and slowed, to make a turn. From East, its our turn now to move towards the North An unknown train crosses us at Channasandra not able to make out who. A slow run again giving respects to the SR in the region. We then pick up speed , the Hebbal Twin towers visible at a distance and make our entry past the traffic bustling Airport Road, filled with both Hyderabad bound as well as Airport bound vehicles. The line from YPr joins us, signalling the entry to YNK. We are sent on the corner PF-5..As we clear the loop, could see the familiar blinking.. The red light from LV of a train entering YNK Pf-1 almost parallely but a bit ahead of us. Who could it be.. My watch ticks to 1920.. We have lost 20 mins into our schedule by now As we move to a halt, i try to make out the board of the other train who is scronfully staring at us. A minute l;ater, the board gets deciphered. 16571 YPR-BIDR Express leaving YPR at 1900 has reached YNK and now waiting for 12786 to take precedence. Within a 2 min halt, we move only to be stopped again for a minuite for some last minute boarding. We move out soon We move past the Bangalore suburbs at descent speed, and stop at the last station, which is now a part of Bangalore if the City bus services are considered. A quick 15 min run brings us to DBU but someone waiting for us there.. 56504, BZA-BNC Passenger, running 4 hrs late,waits at DBU with its tired passengers. A quick stop halt, we proceed. Me and my cousin are directed to go to SUB to have dinner comfortably. As we climb up, the train to has a small ghat to tackle, the Makali ghats.. The familiar boeing sound is heard.. 11013 CBE-LTT waits for us, we our honking pierces the darkness of the ghats. A good chapatti sabji meal later, packed from house, we descend now,as we cross Gauribidanur The worst I always dread in the early evening departures, ready to happen again.. latying of MB.. We give off one othe LB and sit on the other, but the senior citizens want the window closed. Completely disgusted, I head of to the door, telling my relatives that till DMM arrival I will not be sleeping. At 2050 hrs, we reach Hindupur, where a WAG7 hauled BCNA rake welcomes us. The MEMU is stationed on PF-1 having a sound sleep and we are put into 3. Hoardes of commuters deboard from our train. Surprising , despite the fact that we have followed the MEMU totally, we still had to discharge a load of 100 UR passengers from us, carrying at a much costlier fare The Loco pilots were making the treat of the tracks as the rattling started. One of the windows stayed in its position sans a latch and I didnt want to risk putting my head on the bars there. The coach interiors too were rattling with certain missing nuts. Of course, cleanliness of the coach to be appreciated. The tempatation to check the GPS meter didnt wait and oh it did reach mid 90's, ticking close to 100's owing to vibrations, before reducing back to 95-96 again We slowed down before Chakralapalli, before picking speed again to cross over the Hindupur pass from Guntakal behind a Alco. A good run later, brought us to Penukonda, with again a BCNA freight waiting for us to enter, before it proceeded as we came to a halt. Time was now 2130, the delay extended to 30 mins now A good rush through tracks sees us through to reach DMM at 2215 and time for parents to call it end of the day. Samosa, bajji, idly being sold like hot cakes, as we halt on Pf-1. Dad reminded his share now, as how the earlier 7086 used to reach DMM by 2115 giving a good dinner halt there and at times when delayed used to be wished by the 2627 Karnataka creeping in from behind before the 7085 departure. The slack schedule that 7086 had used to even give an opportunity for overtake by Karnataka. However things have changed for bit now with increasing traffic and detour of Karnataka. We leave Dharmavaram, and decide to retire for the day. Berths laid and go off to sleep and before long into long snores. A very deep sleep until a chatter of noise woke me up again. Thought train had crossed Falaknuma, oh no wait- Watch is still showing 2315.. has it stopped.. Checked my mobile.. 2315 there too.. Train has halted at ATP, and there is a group boarding there with about 5-6 kids. That was the reason for the flutter in coaches. Time to be back to sleep Sleep was quite long but could sense our train not easing to slow down and making a average 80-90 on tracks. But the speed wasnt sufficient, as when I woke up next, the morning sun was trying to make way through. Watch showed 0605 but still no berths laid down. Train was slowing down so got down to explore. My dad noticed me and said "Falaknuma" .. Oh great thought to myself and opened the door We were brought to a halt at Falaknuma.. The palace was hidden by the morning mist and the station made a pleasant sight. "Paaam"" Hey wait signal is red still.. A Lingampalli bound MMTS departed ahead making our wait longer.. After 15 mins we were given clearance as clock ticked to 0625.. So delay still accumulating. We move on slowly, crossing 2 other MMTS and a Umdanagar bound DMU, finally making an entry into PF-1 of KCG, as the rake of 17604 YPR-KCG is being taken into the pitline at 06:44AM delayed by 64 minutes.. 64 mins I remarked, for which Dad replied " 7086 with high slack itself used to be delayed by 60 mins on average.. You are talking about this being delayed. We move out of the station Thanks for reading
Very well described. Thanks. I remember as a teenager traveling by both 85 and 86 in the late 1970s. We prefered 85 and 86 to the faster Venkatadri Express. It was an enjoyable journey. My friend and I used to get off at every stop. The meal served on the train at DMM was very good.
Which train has got the longest continued loco link and still continues to get that? They might have got some offlinks in between, but for a long time same shed-same model loco and still continues even now? ------------- I think this train. Must be getting twin KJM Alcos for decades now, and still continues..... Am I right?
KJM twins is a very recent link , approximately some 4 years old. *Prior to that it had KJM EMD . *GTL WDM during 2005 ( when I saw at SBC , it was Bangalore Secunderabad Express then ) *KZJ WDM in 2000s *... more...
GY Alco when it was via Raichur * GTL YDM4 when it was MG
We have the passengers between SBC to MYS , which are running with KJM link for decades , I have seen KJM Alco with MYS SBC passengers from 1994. I hope the same should be case in 1980 as well . Till now KJM Alco does the job for the morning 5.50 passenger. So I hope it may get into the list. It will be historical very soon as the electrification is at its finishing stages
I think all the other intercity trains between Mumbai-Pune also must have been the same loco link since decades. Also what about some of the KR trains which are being run with ERS Alco, must have been same since 2000's.
You are right, but I am not sure about the consistency of the loco links. While DQ regularly uses a WCAM3 link, the others have switched between WCAM2P and WCAM3 links in between. And besides, WCAM3 was introduced around 1997 and before that all of them were using WCM5 links. So most of them would have had the loco link for almost the same time as the DQ. KR trains were switching between ED/KJM/ERS/GOC/UBL links if I am not wrong. I am not sure if there are any trains running consistently with the same link.
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