A Return Journey To Remember – Part 2

This is Part 2 of my account of my train journey by 11042 Chennai Mumbai express on Nov 25 - sorry to keep you waiting; was busy with work over the last few days! Here is Part 1 if you haven't read it yet! https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/12/03/a-return-journey-to-remember-part-1/  As always, please refer to the legend right at the bottom…Read more A Return Journey To Remember – Part 2

A Return Journey To Remember – Part 1

After a rather enjoyable trip of Chennai of a week, during which I met my maternal grandparents, relatives and friends; it was time for me to return to Mumbai - again by train! Oh, and for my account of my train journey from Mumbai; please refer https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/11/22/a-two-night-sojourn-to-chennai-part-1/ and https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/11/23/a-two-night-sojourn-to-chennai-part-2/ . This time, I took 11042 MAS CSMT…Read more A Return Journey To Remember – 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

Once a railfan, always a railfan

At the age of two, it started Love for wheels on rails The way trains moved, fascinated The track clatter, gave goosebumps The window seat was heaven Countryside in all its glory The journey had a story Charming, were the stations The engine horn was music The beats were the diesel chugging The transition jerk…Read more Once a railfan, always a railfan

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!

A short and sweet visit to Chennai

Yet another trip to the South, barely two weeks since that memorable trip to Trichy. This time it was to Chennai, for the end-of-one-year ritual function of my late paternal grandfather (who had passed away last year in March).It was Friday the 7th of April. My father had already flown to Chennai on Wednesday night from…Read more A short and sweet visit to Chennai