Another long Mumbai-Chennai Trip: Part 2

Stuck with a critical project for the past week, I couldn't find time to write Part 2 of yet another long Mumbai-Chennai train trip (by 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail of course 😀 , starting on 14th August!) . Anyway, now that the weekend has arrived; here goes..before reading on, please refer to Part 1! https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/08/26/another-long-mumbai-chennai-trip-part-1/ We…Read more Another long Mumbai-Chennai Trip: Part 2

Another long Mumbai-Chennai Trip: Part 1

Yes. As you might have guessed. Another long and tedious journey (not for me though! 😛 ) by the famous supercrawler - 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail. Well, it is almost impossible to get reservation (especially in AC) in any other train; unless you book at least 3 months in advance! That too, given the day…Read more Another long Mumbai-Chennai Trip: Part 1

An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 2

So, an eventful Saturday monsoon outing had started with my trip by 12117 LTT-MMR Godavari express; starting 7 mins late and getting further delayed by 40 mins along the way - as we came to Kasara, where the suburban services to the lines North-East of Mumbai terminated; and the beautiful Thull ghats began. Before reading…Read more An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 2

An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 1

I love having a full weekend off ; especially in the monsoons. It provides you the opportunity to undertake train journeys which might otherwise have been difficult; given that there is a Mega Block on Sundays - due to which many daytime intercities usually tend to get cancelled. Moreover, the train in this case was…Read more An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 1

A Saturday Night of Action at Manmad

I will begin with the disclaimer that this is purely for railfans and rail enthusiasts; so others can read this if they like; but they are really better off giving it a pass - so that they don't get bamboozled by all the technical jargon here! 😛 Anyway, there is a legend at the bottom…Read more A Saturday Night of Action at Manmad

My first journey by Pragati express

12125/26 Mumbai Pune Pragati express is one of the regular daytime intercity commuter trains serving the bustling Mumbai-Pune route. However, it is a train in which I had never travelled; until yesterday (from Pune to Mumbai). 12126 was parked on its customary platform 5; behind chocolate brown KYN WCAM2-6P 21864. My coach C2 was of…Read more My first journey by Pragati express

My first tryst with LHB Panchavati – Part 2

Well, much to my pleasure (being my first ever ride by this train 🙂 ); 12110 MMR CSMT Panchavati express had a swimmingly good run in BSL division i.e. upto IGP - here you will see how it fared in Mumbai division. Please don't forget to check out Part 1 before reading on! https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/06/03/my-first-tryst-with-lhb-panchavati-part-1/ We departed…Read more My first tryst with LHB Panchavati – Part 2

My first tryst with LHB Panchavati – Part 1

12110 Manmad Mumbai Panchavati express is an extremely popular commuter train - used by thousands of passengers mainly between Nasik and Mumbai. Recently the train got an LHB rake and there was a lot subsequent hype; unfortunately, the new LHB rake did not go well with many regular travellers; due to its cramped seating arrangement…Read more My first tryst with LHB Panchavati – Part 1

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