A long, dreary and forgettable journey – Part 2

A 33 hours long train journey (from Trichy to Mumbai) makes for a similarly elephant-sized blog as well 😛 - as to how it started, please see https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/05/20/a-long-dreary-and-forgettable-journey-part-1/ . Where were we? Ah...at GY. As we departed after a halt of 3 mins, I saw GY WDP4D 40117 in the DLS. The twin GY WDG3As that I had…Read more A long, dreary and forgettable journey – Part 2

A long, dreary and forgettable journey – Part 1

Since when I have found train journeys "dreary" or "forgettable" ? Well, this one by 11044 MDU-LTT express was a notable exception. It is a weekly train with oodles of slack at quite a few points in its schedule: 5 hours 35 mins for a distance of 132 km (at an average speed of 23.64…Read more A long, dreary and forgettable journey – Part 1

Rescheduled Train Blues – Part 2

Where were we? Ah...at SUR; 18520 LTT-VSKP express having followed us all the way. To refer to how this began in the first place, please refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/05/11/rescheduled-train-blues-part-1/ . 11018 KIK-LTT express arrived on Platform 5 behind an EMD (with an electric type LT horn) at 15 10, 20 mins late. As I feared, 18520 finally overtook…Read more Rescheduled Train Blues – Part 2

Rescheduled Train Blues : Part 1

It was going to be yet another long train journey from Mumbai to Chennai - yep, you guessed it - by 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail. The 4th time in 6 months - boringly predictable to most of you by now....or so it seemed. Early on the day of the journey (April 30) I was just…Read more Rescheduled Train Blues : Part 1

A dream come true

Trigger warning: The below poem contains strong references to politics, religion and caste; and certain sentiments may be hurt. It is not recommended for the faint-hearted, conservative families, and people with right-wing or pro-establishment political leanings. The actual content: To live your life The way you like To speak your mind To not speak at…Read more A dream come true

Do Not Underestimate the Deccan Express!

11008 Pune Mumbai Deccan express is not a very fast train – it takes 4 hrs 2 mins to cover a distance of 192 km; an average speed of 47.6 kmph. It also has 9 stops i.e. an average of almost a stop every 21 km! 😛 However, these stats are not enough to dismiss…Read more Do Not Underestimate the Deccan Express!

Flashes of inconsistent brilliance

You know the feeling when a sports team you support (for eg. Pakistan cricket team) have a lot of talent and potential but don't perform as well as their strength on paper says. In this case, it was a train instead - 12127 Mumbai Pune Intercity; covering a distance of 192 km between Mumbai and…Read more Flashes of inconsistent brilliance

A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 2

It is hard to write about a journey by a premier train (that too traversing Konkan Railway) like Tejas express in just one post - so there had to be two parts! For the first one, please refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/04/17/a-classy-journey-by-the-tejas-part-1/ . We had departed RN at 17 28, 8 mins late. There was an Accident Relief Medical…Read more A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 2

A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 1

The main purpose of this "mini-trip" to old Goa (Karmali) was the return train by the premium superfast - 22120 Karmali Mumbai Tejas express. This was a truly sumptuous feast, after the appetizer in the form of the onward journey by 10111 CSMT-MAO Konkan Kanya express https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/04/09/the-appetizer-to-a-konkan-feast/ . The train was stationed at Platform 1, conveniently…Read more A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 1

The appetizer to a Konkan feast

No, this is not about food. A train trip is to railfans what a feast is for a foodie 😛 . This Konkan "feast" refers to a ride by 22120 Karmali Mumbai Tejas express - a premium superfast train that belongs to the Shatabdi class; never mind the fact that it's not much of a…Read more The appetizer to a Konkan feast