A serpentine excursion to Pune!

Yet another trip to Pune! Already I’ve been asked quite a few times why I travel to Pune only and not other places. Indeed, you all must be under the impression that Pune is my second home! Well, my good friend and ex-colleague does happen to reside in Pune. Besides, I’d wanted to visit the…Read more A serpentine excursion to Pune!

Railfanning marries Nature!!

I am a crazy railfan. And a nature lover. When Railways and Nature meet; it is a deadly combo! 😀 Thus it was decided that I would do a day-trip to Igatpuri; in order to: Capture scenic vistas of the Thull Ghats just after the monsoonsVisit Camel Valley (about 4-5 km from the town of…Read more Railfanning marries Nature!!

A Superfast with a Phobia of Speed

The title seems ironic; but IMHO it applies perfectly to 22106 Pune Mumbai Indrayani express - at least on the particular day Saturday 24th March. That day I had reached Pune by taking 11301 CSMT-SBC Udyan express - for the blog of that journey please refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/03/25/a-summer-saturday-morning-trip-to-pune/ . At Pune, as per plan; I bought the…Read more A Superfast with a Phobia of Speed

A Summer Saturday Morning Trip to Pune

Yes. Yet another outing to Pune - hope you won't get bored by now 😛 . Nearly a month ago, I had made a similar trip in order to buy Shrewsbury biscuits from the famous Kayani bakery - only to end up buying from Naaz Bakery (which is not as good as the former) instead;…Read more A Summer Saturday Morning Trip to Pune

A Sunday Excursion to Pune – Part 2

I had a short but memorable outing of Pune; during which I had lunch at Sagar Restaurant (near the station), bought Shrewsbury biscuits from Naaz Bakery in East Street, and had a brief railfanning session in Kasarwadi (This video captures it in essence 😉 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms7pwCmqF_M ). The local I took from Kasarwadi (to return to…Read more A Sunday Excursion to Pune – Part 2

A Sunday Excursion to Pune – Part 1

For a change (after all those big trips 😀 ), I decided to have a one-day railfanning trip to Pune. I was to take 11029 Mumbai Kolhapur Koyna express on Feb 25th. Being a Sunday, I would normally have got up around 9 am; but this time I had to wake up at 06 30…Read more A Sunday Excursion to Pune – Part 1

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