A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 3

The first leg of a sudden trip (involving 2 successful Tatkal bookings!) to Ratnagiri through Konkan Railway was over. I had arrived here by 10103 CSMT-MAO Mandovi express; which had deposited me at RN at 14 40, 1 hour 25 minutes late. This left me with about 3 hours to kill at the station -…Read more A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 3

A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 2

A sudden trip through Konkan Railway by 'The Food King' a.k.a 10103 CSMT-MAO Mandovi express, hauled by surprise link - twin Pune WDM3As 16013R and 16750R - was in progress; we had just entered KR territory in style - overtaking 22656 NZM-TVC superfast (as well as a freight) at Roha. For our progress till then,…Read more A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 2

A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 1

The first month of the year had been rather hectic. Come February, I needed a change of routine; or rather a change of scene. For a railfan, the best way to achieve that is a train trip; especially one through Konkan Railway. But being KR, it is never easy to get tickets at short notice.…Read more A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 1

Spottings at Ratnagiri on a winter Saturday

This is meant mainly for railfans and rail enthusiasts 😛 . On saturday February 2nd, I had a sudden trip to Ratnagiri through Konkan Railway. Here are my observations at this small but important town, which serves as a major station in KR; as all trains have to compulsorily halt here for a crew change:…Read more Spottings at Ratnagiri on a winter Saturday

Why I am afraid to open my mouth

Disclaimer: I owe much of the content in the middle and end to J.K.Rowling; the creator of the Harry Potter series. The actual content: Every time I open my mouth I enter a whole new world A world full of uncertainty A world full of anxiety A world full of fear I hestitate to take…Read more Why I am afraid to open my mouth

A Round Trip to Begin 2019!

New Year begun, greetings exchanged – it was time to catch up with the grind of work; after 2 hectic weeks though, it was high time for a break. For a railfan, nothing less than a train trip would do. This time, unexplored territories were on the agenda. Thus a round trip to Baramati; the…Read more A Round Trip to Begin 2019!

Spottings at Daund on a wintry Saturday

Fair warning: This is a pure railfanning blog post, more or less; and will involve a lot of technical terms. So non-rail enthusiasts can give this one a miss; unless of course, any natural curiosity on your part compels you otherwise! 😛 I had a round Trip to Daund by 11301 Mumbai Bangalore Udyan express…Read more Spottings at Daund on a wintry Saturday

Ending 2018 at a snail’s pace – Part 2

True to the title of this blog, the year 2018 was ending at a snail's pace; in a journey by the supercrawler 11028 Chennai Mumbai Mail 😛 . We were halfway through - at Wadi, where the electric locomotive that had hauled us all the way from MAS would be replaced; with a diesel taking over till…Read more Ending 2018 at a snail’s pace – Part 2

Ending 2018 at a snail’s pace – Part 1

2018 had been a largely eventful year. Sometimes the year is so memorable that you are sorry to see it end. Hence I took the slowest train (11028 Chennai Mumbai Mail) to return to Mumbai; after a rather enjoyable trip to Chennai. Just kidding; I booked 11028 because I couldn't get reservation in the other…Read more Ending 2018 at a snail’s pace – Part 1

My first ever Humsafar experience – Part 2

So, halfway through my first experience by the 'Humsafar' class of trains (in this case being 22920 ADI-MAS Humsafar); we departed Raichur right on the dot at 12 45. For our progress from Mumbai please refer Part 1: https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/12/28/my-first-ever-humsafar-experience-part-1/ . I spotted WAG9H 316X2 and KJM WDP4D 40454 on a siding in the left. The…Read more My first ever Humsafar experience – Part 2