Spottings at Ratnagiri on a winter Saturday

This is meant mainly for railfans and rail enthusiasts 😛 . On saturday February 2nd, I had a sudden trip to Ratnagiri through Konkan Railway. Here are my observations at this small but important town, which serves as a major station in KR; as all trains have to compulsorily halt here for a crew change:…Read more Spottings at Ratnagiri on a winter Saturday

A Round Trip to Begin 2019!

New Year begun, greetings exchanged – it was time to catch up with the grind of work; after 2 hectic weeks though, it was high time for a break. For a railfan, nothing less than a train trip would do. This time, unexplored territories were on the agenda. Thus a round trip to Baramati; the…Read more A Round Trip to Begin 2019!

Spottings at Daund on a wintry Saturday

Fair warning: This is a pure railfanning blog post, more or less; and will involve a lot of technical terms. So non-rail enthusiasts can give this one a miss; unless of course, any natural curiosity on your part compels you otherwise! 😛 I had a round Trip to Daund by 11301 Mumbai Bangalore Udyan express…Read more Spottings at Daund on a wintry Saturday

An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 2

So, an eventful Saturday monsoon outing had started with my trip by 12117 LTT-MMR Godavari express; starting 7 mins late and getting further delayed by 40 mins along the way - as we came to Kasara, where the suburban services to the lines North-East of Mumbai terminated; and the beautiful Thull ghats began. Before reading…Read more An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 2

An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 1

I love having a full weekend off ; especially in the monsoons. It provides you the opportunity to undertake train journeys which might otherwise have been difficult; given that there is a Mega Block on Sundays - due to which many daytime intercities usually tend to get cancelled. Moreover, the train in this case was…Read more An eventful Saturday Monsoon Outing by Godavari express – Part 1

A Saturday Night of Action at Manmad

I will begin with the disclaimer that this is purely for railfans and rail enthusiasts; so others can read this if they like; but they are really better off giving it a pass - so that they don't get bamboozled by all the technical jargon here! 😛 Anyway, there is a legend at the bottom…Read more A Saturday Night of Action at Manmad

My first journey by Pragati express

12125/26 Mumbai Pune Pragati express is one of the regular daytime intercity commuter trains serving the bustling Mumbai-Pune route. However, it is a train in which I had never travelled; until yesterday (from Pune to Mumbai). 12126 was parked on its customary platform 5; behind chocolate brown KYN WCAM2-6P 21864. My coach C2 was of…Read more My first journey by Pragati express

My first tryst with LHB Panchavati – Part 2

Well, much to my pleasure (being my first ever ride by this train 🙂 ); 12110 MMR CSMT Panchavati express had a swimmingly good run in BSL division i.e. upto IGP - here you will see how it fared in Mumbai division. Please don't forget to check out Part 1 before reading on! https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2018/06/03/my-first-tryst-with-lhb-panchavati-part-1/ We departed…Read more My first tryst with LHB Panchavati – Part 2

My first tryst with LHB Panchavati – Part 1

12110 Manmad Mumbai Panchavati express is an extremely popular commuter train - used by thousands of passengers mainly between Nasik and Mumbai. Recently the train got an LHB rake and there was a lot subsequent hype; unfortunately, the new LHB rake did not go well with many regular travellers; due to its cramped seating arrangement…Read more My first tryst with LHB Panchavati – Part 1

Do Not Underestimate the Deccan Express!

11008 Pune Mumbai Deccan express is not a very fast train – it takes 4 hrs 2 mins to cover a distance of 192 km; an average speed of 47.6 kmph. It also has 9 stops i.e. an average of almost a stop every 21 km! 😛 However, these stats are not enough to dismiss…Read more Do Not Underestimate the Deccan Express!