The end of a whirlwind trip – Part 2

Time for me to wrap up my account of the last leg of the whirlwind trip - the journey by 11028 Chennai Mumbai Mail. Where had we left off? The change-over from electric to diesel at Wadi. For the first part, refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/02/14/the-end-of-a-whirlwind-trip-part-1/ . Our diesel power was APU-fitted Pune WDM3A 14093R. We departed at 15…Read more The end of a whirlwind trip – Part 2

The end of a whirlwind trip – Part 1

A whirlwind trip (which involved at least 70% of travel) was coming to an end. I had travelled from Mumbai to Chennai by 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail (taking 2 nights and a day), met my grandparents and a close friend at Chennai, travelled to Trichy (by taking the overnight 12653 Rockfort express) for my BFF's…Read more The end of a whirlwind trip – Part 1

The start of a whirlwind trip : Part 3

This is a continuation of yet another trip of mine by 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail, starting on Jan 25th. Here is Part 1 https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/02/06/the-start-of-a-whirlwind-trip-part-1/ and Part 2 https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/02/08/the-start-of-a-whirlwind-trip-part-2/ . The trees on the East end of Wadi provided a shady canopy. There was an interesting 'Stop' board attached to the old (1994 made) front SLR of our…Read more The start of a whirlwind trip : Part 3

The start of a whirlwind trip : Part 2

To refresh your memories, it is the continuation of my previous blog post   https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/02/06/the-start-of-a-whirlwind-trip-part-1/ - detailing my journey by 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail, starting on Jan 25th. As we left SUR, I saw three self-propelled Auxiliary Tool Vans. There was a PSR of 15 kmph. It was a pleasant surprise to see a navy blue…Read more The start of a whirlwind trip : Part 2

The start of a whirlwind trip : Part 1

It was a whirlwind trip, planned only a month in advance. My BFF's baby shower was happening in Trichy on Sunday Jan 28th. This involved a stopover at Chennai for a day, before taking an overnight train to Trichy. Why do I call this trip "whirlwind" ? Because almost 70% of the trip was spent…Read more The start of a whirlwind trip : Part 1

A Long Return To Home – Part 2

Ah...a very long gap between this and Part 1 (of my journey by 11028 MAS-CSMT Mail, starting on last Dec 29) https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/01/21/a-long-return-to-home-part-1/ . Well, you have yet another trip to Chennai ( a stopover on the way to Trichy) at the end of this January; as well as a fat lot of work after returning -…Read more A Long Return To Home – Part 2

A Long Return To Home – Part 1

After an end-of-the-year 5-day trip to Chennai (which included a one-day visit to Bangalore), it was time to return home i.e. Mumbai - before the beginning of 2018 (All good things do come to an end! 😦 ). Since I could not get suitable seats in any other train, I had to settle for 11028…Read more A Long Return To Home – Part 1

A short response to Nivedita Menon’s blog on Raya Sarkar’s List

This is my shortest blog post ever. It is also very late. The reason why I am posting it is because my comment on the Kafila blog (of which renown Savarna feminist Professor Nivedita Menon is a member and co-Founder) is waiting for moderation - and I have doubts on whether it will be posted…Read more A short response to Nivedita Menon’s blog on Raya Sarkar’s List

Double – decking it to Bangalore – Part 2

Where had I left off ? Ahh...when we exited SR and moved into SWR - on leaving JTJ! As for the MAS-JTJ portion, please refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/01/10/double-decking-it-to-bangalore-part-1/ . Any difficulties understanding technical terms and station codes, please refer to the legend right at the bottom (Can't promise to resolve all doubts though!). 12610 SBC-MAS Intercity entered JTJ…Read more Double – decking it to Bangalore – Part 2

Double – decking it to Bangalore – Part 1

As the title suggests, I was to take 22625 MAS-SBC DD express from Chennai- the day being 27th Dec. It was to be a one-day outing to Bangalore; the return being by 16022 MYS-MAS Kaveri express. As ever, please refer to the legend right at the bottom for all technical terms (won't be covering all, though!) and…Read more Double – decking it to Bangalore – Part 1