Flattering to deceive, yet again – Part 2

12125 Mumbai Pune Pragati express is a very important train for officegoers between Mumbai and Pune (especially for those from Navi Mumbai) and is one of the 4 dedicated superfasts connecting the 2 cities. However, it always flatters to deceive as far as punctuality is concerned (hence the title of this blog post! πŸ˜› ).…Read more Flattering to deceive, yet again – Part 2

Flattering to deceive, yet again – Part 1

12125/26 Pragati express is one of the 6 intercities (including 4 superfasts) that ply on the ever busy Mumbai-Pune corridor. It is a superfast (covering the distance of 189 km in 3 hours 25 minutes, at an average speed of 55.32 kmph) and an important train for the office-goers; especially from Navi Mumbai - being…Read more Flattering to deceive, yet again – Part 1

Chugging along to Pune on a midsummer afternoon

Kayani Bakery is a famous bakery in Pune; one that is renowned for its lip-smacking Shrewsbury biscuits and Mawa cakes, as well as other delicacies such as Brazil Nuts, Chocochip cookies, Choco Walnut cakes etc. Kayani has many franchises in Mumbai as well; but it’s the HQ in Pune that is the most widely sought…Read more Chugging along to Pune on a midsummer afternoon

A racy trip down South – Part 2

Hey guys, here is the final leg of my first major trip of 2019 – the return from Chennai to Mumbai by 12164 Chennai Dadar superfast. For the earlier phases (Mumbai-Chennai-Devakottai-Chennai) please refer to Part 1: https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2019/04/14/a-racy-trip-down-south-part-1/ . I was quite excited; since β€˜The Super’ is my all-time favourite train and I had not travelled…Read more A racy trip down South – Part 2

A racy trip down South – Part 1

I’m not great at titles, so I hope you will bear with me and move on to the actual blog. There was a function in Devakottai – the 1st birthday function of the baby of my best friend – on Friday March 8th; incidentally International Women’s Day as well πŸ™‚ . The tricky part was…Read more A racy trip down South – Part 1

Another memorable outing to Pune – Part 2

After yet another eventful trip to Pune; which included buying sweets and snacks at Chitale Bandhu as well as a fat lot of railfanning at Pune junction and the suburb Dapodi; it was time to head back to Mumbai - by 12128 Pune Mumbai Intercity; which (along with the one and only 12124 Deccan Queen)…Read more Another memorable outing to Pune – Part 2

Another memorable outing to Pune – Part 1

Yes, you read right - yet another trip to Pune; must be making you wonder whether this city is my 2nd home! πŸ˜› Nope, there were some sweets and snacks to buy from the famous Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale; and of course some railfanning at Dapodi - 3 stations away! πŸ˜› Anyway, the train for the…Read more Another memorable outing to Pune – Part 1

A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 3

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

A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 2

A sudden trip through Konkan Railway by 'The Food King' a.k.a 10103 CSMT-MAO Mandovi express, hauled by surprise link - twin Pune WDM3As 16013R and 16750R - was in progress; we had just entered KR territory in style - overtaking 22656 NZM-TVC superfast (as well as a freight) at Roha. For our progress till then,…Read more A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 2

A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 1

The first month of the year had been rather hectic. Come February, I needed a change of routine; or rather a change of scene. For a railfan, the best way to achieve that is a train trip; especially one through Konkan Railway. But being KR, it is never easy to get tickets at short notice.…Read more A sudden trip through Konkan Railway – Part 1