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

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

Year-end mini-vacation to Chennai – Part 2

I resume from where I had left off - regarding the account of my train journey by 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail starting on Dec 23. Here is Part 1 https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/12/26/year-end-mini-vacation-to-chennai-part-1/ . As always, refer to the legend right at the bottom for all technical terms and station codes (haven't included all, again!). Our electric loco from…Read more Year-end mini-vacation to Chennai – Part 2

Year-end mini-vacation to Chennai – Part 1

After a memorable trip to Chennai the previous month, it was time for yet another such trip in the final month of the year. I was to take 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail (yet again! 😀 ) on Saturday 23rd night. I had booked an AC 2 Tier ticket, which was originally RAC3 and then became…Read more Year-end mini-vacation to Chennai – Part 1

A Two Night Sojourn to Chennai – Part 2

Like my journey by 11027 Mumbai Chennai 'supercrawler' Mail, my blogs also tend to be long; thus necessitating a split into two or more parts. Sorry to keep you waiting so long for Part 2! Here is Part 1 if you have not read it yet! https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/11/22/a-two-night-sojourn-to-chennai-part-1/  Again, for technical terms and station codes; please refer…Read more A Two Night Sojourn to Chennai – Part 2

A Two Night Sojourn to Chennai – Part 1

I was hugely lucky to benefit from the 15-day leave policy of my company; which I made full use of - to plan a week-long trip to Chennai in order to meet my maternal grandparents, relatives and friends. As the title suggests, I took the legendary 09 Down Mail (now 11027 Mumbai Chennai Mail); a…Read more A Two Night Sojourn to Chennai – Part 1