A Pune trip to cherish! – Part 2

It was the twilight of a memorable trip to Pune. I had met my friend at his home in Narhe (Vadgaon Budruk) and spent some time with him there; after which he had driven me (by scooter) back to the station  - where we had lunch at the Rail Dhaba, followed by coffee and some…Read more A Pune trip to cherish! – Part 2

A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 2

It is hard to write about a journey by a premier train (that too traversing Konkan Railway) like Tejas express in just one post - so there had to be two parts! For the first one, please refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/04/17/a-classy-journey-by-the-tejas-part-1/ . We had departed RN at 17 28, 8 mins late. There was an Accident Relief Medical…Read more A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 2

A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 1

The main purpose of this "mini-trip" to old Goa (Karmali) was the return train by the premium superfast - 22120 Karmali Mumbai Tejas express. This was a truly sumptuous feast, after the appetizer in the form of the onward journey by 10111 CSMT-MAO Konkan Kanya express https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/04/09/the-appetizer-to-a-konkan-feast/ . The train was stationed at Platform 1, conveniently…Read more A classy journey by the Tejas – Part 1

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 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 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