I took the usual 07:17 Ambernath Fast EMU from Kurla. Our EMU slowed down near Vidyavihar....Guess what? I saw the Samarsata Express snaking its way towards Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. The composition of the train was, from loco: SLR-GS-S1 to S9-PC-S10-AS1 to AS5-A1-A2-H1-GS-SLR; making a total of 23 coaches! The EMU kept speeding through familiar territories in the Ghatkopar-Thane section. The Nahur yard was deserted. Finally the EMU made it to Thane. I wanted to see the Mandovi, but instead saw the Kasara EMU which usually follows the Mandovi pulling in. So that meant Mandovi was late! Just as I got out of the station, I heard the Vidarbha Express pulling in.
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Finally with a light heart, I (with my friends) reached Thane at around 1330. As we descended towards Platform 4, a Mumbai CST bound Slow EMU pulled in. The ride was the worst I have had in recent months! The EMU literally crawled at speeds in the range of 15-40 kmph all the way from Thane to Ghatkopar. Just between Kanjur Marg and Vikhroli, our EMU was overtaken by a "light" MU-ed pair of WCAM3 (#21883+#21884). At Vidyavihar, I saw WCAM3 #21955 waiting outside the Electric Loco Trip shed waiting for a signal. Finally the train reached Kurla at 1410 hours! Just as I alighted from the EMU, I saw the Varanasi-Mumbai Mahanagari Express pulling in, with WCAM3 #21956.
I wanted to see the Ratnagiri-Dadar Passenger, but instead I saw light WCAM3 #21955 rushing towards Dadar. (Yeah! The same loco that I saw at Vidyavihar!). Finally, at 1416 a Belapur bound EMU pulled in, and I reached home by 1500! Thanks for reading this report. Just wait for more coming up sooooooon!