The first leg of a sudden trip (involving 2 successful Tatkal bookings!) to Ratnagiri through Konkan Railway was over. I had arrived here by 10103 CSMT-MAO Mandovi express; which had deposited me at RN at 14 40, 1 hour 25 minutes late. This left me with about 3 hours to kill at the station -…Read more A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 3
True to the title of this blog post, it was a leisurely ride by the 'Food King' of IR (10103 CSMT-MAO Mandovi express) so far; as we were often held up for crossings involving long halts of at least 10-15 mins and thus the delays kept increasing. We were running 44 mins late when we…Read more A leisurely sojourn by the ‘Food King’ – Part 2
Yes, as the title suggests; it was a trip by the 'Food King' of Indian Railways - 10103 CSMT-MAO Mandovi express. IMHO, there could not have been a better way to start the last month of the year; than a train trip through Konkan Railway. Moreover, with a variety of mouth-watering delicacies to savour while…Read more A leisurely sojourn by the ‘Food King’ – Part 1
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
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
No, this is not about food. A train trip is to railfans what a feast is for a foodie 😛 . This Konkan "feast" refers to a ride by 22120 Karmali Mumbai Tejas express - a premium superfast train that belongs to the Shatabdi class; never mind the fact that it's not much of a…Read more The appetizer to a Konkan feast
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
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!