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Jan 26 (12:43)   15417/Alipurduar Jn - Silghat Town Rajya Rani Express | TTLA/Tetelia (1 PFs) | NGC/WDM-3A/16087R

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Entry# 4208159            Tags   Past Edits
Indian National Flag bearing ALCo with UTKRISHT rake of RAJYA RANI EXPRESS
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WDM3A 16087R of DLS New Guwahati (NGC) painted with the tricolour stripe !
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Nov 09 2018 (07:09)   12568/Patna - Saharsa Rajya Rani SF Express | KGG/Khagaria Junction (3 PFs) | MGS/WAP-4/22907

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Entry# 3986481            Tags   Past Edits
Last Sunday Capture of #RajyaRani Express with Returning Trip of Patna Specially #NewTB

6 Public Posts - Fri Nov 09, 2018
Aug 05 2018 (21:50)   16219/Chamarajanagar - Tirupati Express | MYS/Mysuru Junction (Mysore) (6 PFs) | KJM/WDM-3A/16296

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Entry# 3687968            Tags   Past Edits
First Class Train Journey from Mysuru to Tirupati & further to Chennai.
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NOTE: I have tagged 16219/20 as that is the present name & number of this train. This video is from 2015. So all tags are relevant, Thanks for understanding.
A #FullJourney compilation in #56213 #Chamrajnagar #Tirupati Fast #Passenger & #Tirupati #Chennai
#Express | Coverage of the classic non AC #FirstClass #carriage of #IndianRailways
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It was December 2015. We got the news that the classic Non AC Carriage of the Tirupati Fast Passenger & its RSA Tirupati Chennai Express was to be withdrawn permanently from Service. In a quickly planned trip, My friend Sriram joined me at Bengaluru & we boarded the #Rajyarani #Express from #Bengaluru City to Mysuru. This train was specifically chosen to see the customary overtake by the #Shatabdi Express, which pounded us at #Maddur. We reached Mysuru at 13:40 hrs, and after a quick lunch, came back to the station.
Headed by a #Krishnarajapuram (KJM) WDM3A, 16296, the 56213 Fast Passenger from Chamrajnagar arrived Mysuru pf2, well before time. Sighting it enter the platform, we packed up & walked over to our coach, the F/F1, the classic non AC #FirstClass coach of Indian Railways. Due to less demand & diminishing popularity, Indian Railways had stopped production of these coaches years ago, but the ones in service had to be aged out. This one was one of the last to be pulled out. So we tried to cover it while it still lasted. The diminished popularity of the FC coach was beyond me, it had offered the privacy of a First Class AC coach & the liberty of a Sleeper class like window.
The Journey began at 17:00hrs sharp; and after our first halt at Naganahalli, we curved into #Shrirangapatna. Back then, it was still a single line station, with the new station layout still coming up. #Tippu Express was missed due to its sudden appearance, but we got a beautiful sunset at Byadarahalli as we cleared the loop; so felt compensated. Immediately after; the Bengaluru Chamrajnagar Fast Passenger rushed past. It was roughly 18:15hrs, when we reached #Mandya, the Sugar City of Karnataka. Darkness was beginning to set in. Between #Channapatna and Kengeri, the SH17 gave us company, and the fast moving traffic illuminating the highway was a nice sight worth gazing at. #Chamundi Express crossed us at #Ramanagaram. We reached Bengaluru city at 20:05 hrs. The overnight Express to #Kannur & #Karwar greeted us as we entered pf6 for the loco change.
A WAP1 from #Arakkonam shed, 22026 took over from Bengaluru to Tirupati, the same loco ferried us later to #Renigunta. We departed just as the Chennai Express arrived, and the Udyan Express to #Mumbai was waiting for departure. At Cantt., we crossed the Intercity SF from Tirupati & at Krishnarajapuram, the Lalbagh SF from Chennai. This was followed up by the evening Shatabdi from Chennai at Malur. Following this, we decided to take some rest so that we could get up at #Gudiyattam and observe the barrage of overtakes that happens with this train, till date. It was around 01:00 hrs in the night when we reached there, and the patient wait began.
There were totally 5 overtakes & 3 crossings, all listed below. our painfully long halt lasted an hour, but we enjoyed it a lot. We went back to catch up on some sleep.The next morning we reached Tirupati 15mins late, to be greeted by the Tirumala Express from Visakhapatnam. We changed coupe here, as the booking was done separately for the onward Journey to Chennai. after an hour halt, we departed just as the Rayalseema Express from #Hyderabad arrived. Between Tirupati & Renigunta, we saw 4 trains that day connecting Tirupati & Hyderabad, goes on to show the importance of train operations between these 2 cities. After reversing at Renigunta, a new loco took charge, yet another WAP1 from Arakkonam, and witnessed a parallel departure with the Padmavati Express. As we made out way towards Arakkonam, a couple of crossings came our way, and after Arakkonam, it was a non stop run to Chennai. Sriram got down at #Avadi as that was nearer to his home, and I proceeded to Chennai Central. In all, it was a memorable Journey.
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The Plethora of crossings, in the order of their appearance:
- Bengaluru Chamrajnagar Passenger
- Bengaluru Mysuru Chamundi Express
- Tirupati Bengaluru Intercity SF
- Lalbagh Express
- Chennai Bengaluru Shatabdi
- Kerala Express (Trivandrum bound)
- Chennai Bengaluru Mail
- Puduchery Dadar Chalukya Express
- Rayalseema Exp
- Narayanadri SF
- Venkatadri SF
- Padmavathi SF
- Sapthagiri Express
- Mysuru Howrah SF
And the Overtakes -
- Yercaud Express
- Palani Chennai SF
- Bengaluru Chennai Mail
- Kerala Express (New Delhi bound)
- Nilagiri Express
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1 Public Posts - Sun Aug 05, 2018
Jul 25 2018 (07:54)   16527/Yesvantpur - Kannur Express | CRLM/Karmelaram (2 PFs) | ED/WDM-3D/11179

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Entry# 3657024            Tags   Past Edits
A Full Journey Vlog of a #train #Journey - #Bengaluru to #Madurai via #Palakkad
This Journey Happened in March 2018. During the onset of Summer, I embarked on a rather long journey from #Bengaluru to #Chennai, via #Palakkad & #Madurai. On a Saturday evening, I left for Carmelram Railway station, to board the 16527 #Yeshvantpur #Kannur Express, which was hauled by an #Erode WDM-3D that day. The rains were consistently pouring down that evening, and there was respite only for a brief period when my train arrived and we departed. By the time we crossed over the state border and reached Hosur, we were already delayed by more than 30 mins. And it didn't end there. With the rains pouring down consistently, I didn't stay up late. With some hope that we will cover up the delay, I called it a day and slept, for I had to wake up the following morning for a 04:40 hrs arrival at #Palakkad.
But when I did wake up to my alarm, I realized that we were nowhere close to gaining up on the previous night's delay, but were in fact delayed further. We pulled into #Coimbatore at 04:50hrs, delayed by 1.5 hrs. And with the little bit of slack in the schedule, we managed to reach Palakkad just at the crack of dawn, at 06:00 am. A Friend and local resident, Avinash Venkitachalam had come down to meet me at those early hours, and we had breakfast a local eatery. My connecting train was the newly extended #Amrita Express to #Madurai via #Pollachi, #Palani & #Dindigul. The train which used to terminate at Palakkad Town earlier was extended to Madurai after the gauge conversion of the Palakkad Town - Dindigul line.
The train had a history of running late and that day was no different. Coming from #Thiruvananthapuam, the train reverses twice in its run, once at #Shoranur, where the slip coaches to #Nilambur (#Rajyarani Express) get dropped off, and the second time at Palakkad Jn., the train pulled in slowly at 08:15, and after a loco reversal, the rebuilt WDM-3A from #Ernakulam shed, pulled us out at 08:48 hrs, nearly 80 mins behind schedule. But with the enormous slack thrust into the schedule, I was hopeful that we will make up for it.
And sure enough, the delay went down slowly. At Minatchipuram, we crossed the Chennai Palakkad Express via Palani. The train was originally running up to Palani, but with gauge conversion was extended to Palakkad. After Minatchipuram, we crossed over the border and entered Tamilnadu. Our first commercial halt was at Pollachi. Post Pollachi Jn., we crossed a beautiful stretch, where in both sides of the track was laced with an array of wind turbines, which was probably handled by a firm in Pollachi.
We then set onwards to our next halt, #Palani, which is one of the 6 heavenly abodes in #Tamilnadu dedicated to Lord Murugan. The station has a really good view of the temple on top of the hill. The Palani hills gave us company for the next few kms. Though it was early Summer, the heat was beating down upon us relentlessly. Dindigul Jn. the convergence of 4 lines, one each from #Trichy, #Karur, Pakkad & Madurai.
The alignment of tracks from Dindigul till #Kodaikkanal road was normal, from where the up line crossed over on top and went to the left, thus making it look like the trains are moving tracks opposite to the usual convention of keeping left. This is the reason of the two crossings of #17616 Madurai #Kacheguda Express & #Guruvayur #Chennai Egmore Express appearing on the left. We moved along briskly and reached Madurai at 13:40 hrs, delayed by 30 mins, thus gaining about 50 mins from the delay with which departed from Palakkad. It was curtains down on the first part of an exciting journey which I undertook.
Also, this was the first time I attempted to do a #Train #Journey #Vlog in #Tamil. So, with the hope that you all enjoyed it, I leave you to watch the video. For people who don't understand Tamil, I have added Subtitles in English. Do let me know your opinion and if you have any questions, put it down in the comments section. Thanks for Watching
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The only major river featured in this Video is the Vaigai, apart from the Kannadi. And a few canals too were crossed, but most of them were pretty dry.
Featured crossings listed in the order of their appearance:
- 22852 Mangaluru Santragachi Vivek Express
- 22651 Chennai Palani Palakkad Express
- 06710 Palani Coimbatore Passenger Spl
- 17616 Madurai Kacheguda Express
- 16128/16130 Guruvayur/Tuticorin Chennai Egmore Express
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