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 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

Best way to spend the first weekend of the month – Part 1

I had an exciting first weekend of August ahead for me, which involved a trip to Manthralayam; primarily for the train journey, secondarily for the Tungabhadra river; and lastly for darshan at the famous Swami Raghavendra Temple . I was to take my favourite train 12163 Dadar Chennai Super express , from Dadar to Raichur ; on Friday…Read more Best way to spend the first weekend of the month – Part 1

My first visit to Pandharpur – Part 2

For those of you who have not yet read Part 1, here is the link: https://ashwinkumar1989net.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/my-first-visit-to-pandharpur-part-1/ . I had darshan at the Vitthal Temple, but could not see the main deity due to the crowd. I then came to my hotel room and slept for 4 hours, as I was tired after walking in the dry heat…Read more My first visit to Pandharpur – Part 2

My first visit to Pandharpur – Part 1

My primary purpose of this trip was to explore the Kurduvadi - Pandharpur line (secondary purpose being darshan at the famous Vitthal Temple). I could not get reservation in the direct train to Pandharpur(51027 CSTM-PVR fast passenger) because of the weekend rush, so I instead chose to book a ticket to KWV for Saturday May…Read more My first visit to Pandharpur – Part 1

Observations at Kurduvadi on a Sunday Night!

I had my first visit to Pandharpur, reaching Kurduvadi on Sunday May 14th early morning by 22139 CSTM-SUR superfast; from where I took 11309 SUR-Miraj express to PVR. I returned the same evening to KWV by 11310 Miraj-SUR exp, before proceeding to Mumbai by 22140 SUR-CSTM superfast. At KWV, I had about 3 hours to…Read more Observations at Kurduvadi on a Sunday Night!