POOR Cleanliness from my Personal Experience.
This Train when was brought onto Pf at LTT , it was "Somehow" Clean.
"Somehow" Means just sweeping on floors and jet sprayed at Toilets.
But by the train reached BSL , Toilets were choked up with gutka wrappers and stained with Red Spitting.
The onboard cleaning facility is an exclusively NER only service. Usually they work but exceptions may occur. TAT is a major factor why the train may not go to the yard. For LTT-LKO, the Pushpak Exp is much cleaner than all these trains.
Pushpak exp is Maintained BRILLIANTLY EXCEPTIONALLY at both LJN and CSTM , but its main problem is People's mentality and crowd.
When in a coach of 72 passengers (Max 80 adding up the RAC) , around 100-105 people travel daily , many sitting near doors or near vestibules , then we can't complain Railways for uncleanliness.
But this kind of heavy crowd is never felt by me in LTT LJN Triweekly SF , may be due to Less halts and non-daily factors plays a role here with it.
Its mainly because it departs late from LKO[after Pushpak and Avadh exp], so most of the general traffic is spared. Also, Pushpak is the flagship train of this train and is seen as the defacto default option. In fact, many of the passengers may not even be aware of the Lucknow Exp[LTT-LKO]. Also, Pushpak's morning arrival at Lucknow also helps the fact.
Don't know about others, but i personally feel that the Timings of LTT LJN SF is brilliant with late afternoon departure and arriving Lucknow at perfect afternoon time. Whereas Pushpak leaves Early Morning time and then reaches morning time.
But in return direction , Pushpak have Perfect timings whereas Triweekly SF have worst arrival timings at LTT i.e Late Night.
From LTT to igatpuri it halts at thane and kalyan unofficially. TC says thats a technical halt. Many passengers with reservation from LTT boarded the train.
Also if Godan express is on time then this one gets delayed. When I traveled, skd was running an hour behind its schedule and I saw Godan leaving the station as soon as skd entered that respective station.
godaan will never get late due to this train because it runs 15 mins ahead of SKD exp.Kindly check godaan and skd time table.In fact SKD being a superfast with less halts runs way behind godaan till itarsi.SKD requires serious changes in its time table for a perfect run!
That is what i said. Skd is getting late because of godan.
Many time on sundays while traveling on 12869 HOWRAH SUP EXP it overtooks GKP bound SANTKABIR DHAM EXP in between Pachora - Jalgaon to reach Bhusaval before it... (Pic taken at BSL)
12542 does not get good priority in CR. When i travelled from LTT to BSL in SKD, it took unscheduled halts at Kalyan, Nasik and Manmad. Even 15548 Jansadharan overtook SKD at Manmad.