Showing posts from December, 2006

A Year that was....

The Year 2006 is almost over...It is just a matter of 6 hours and 52 minutes, when this year ends and a newer year - 2007, takes over. 2006 was an action filled year, and had many incidences. This was an year of many firsts! Let me post a few "post-worthy" incidences of this year:: This year had me entering a "full-fledged" railfanning arena. I attended the first ever railfan meet this year. I gathered enough courage to take photography far away from the Platforms. Earlier, I used to rake photos standing on the Platform only. But since June this year, I started standing down on the track to take photographs! (Safety is always the first priority!). I made my first ever journey on AC First, and my first every journey in a Passenger train in Far off Kerala. I dashed my car for the very first time costing a dearly 70,000 bill! I lost my Maternal Grandmother. She died a natural death, and she was 85. Let her soul rest in peace. I started blogging! I watched a Bollywood

Last railfanning of the Year!

December 30, 2007 saw my last railfanning of the year! The railfanning was NOT a separate session but coupled, as usual, with my journey to my college... I took my usual train from Belapur to Kurla, the 06:58 Belapur - Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus "Slow" EMU via the Harbour Line. The only difference to the day was that, Instead of me driving down to the station, My brother dropped me at the station! I was all determined to capture the Pune bound Deccan Express today! On each day I try to get an Image, but I fail miserably and get a blurred image. Today I decided to try something different - Zoom the camera and capture the Loco face-to-face. The result is above! I boarded the 07:41 EMU from thereon to Kurla. I was happy to see the Mandovi waiting at the station. I considered me lucky enough to see her for the last time in this year! For the past ONE week, this lady had been running "regularly" late! The loco in charge to day was WDP4 #20026 working Short hoo

Meeting this good ol' friend!

Sorry for not posting tomorrow! I had no interesting things to post about yesterday, and to top it I was too tired to post! Anyways, going about with today's post: This day, the 29th day of December 2006, will surely find a distinct mention in my history book. The day was quite normal till I reached Thane in the morning. While entering the MSRTC bus station right outside the station, a friend in my college informed that there are NO MSRTC buses towards my college due to some traffic problems. I decided to confirm it. By this time, another friend of mine (a classmate) joined me. We took a seat inside a bus that usually runs via my college. About 5-7 minutes later, the Conductor came in, and announced that the bus is taking a different route today!!! Totally dejected by the announcement, we walked out of the bus station to find some other alternative. We were now queuing up near the local TMT (Thane Municipal Transport) bus station. Their buses were running way behind schedule, and

Nothing to Post :-(

Today was an absolute dry day. No interesting sightings to post! I am too sleepy now to write anymore. Sorry to disappoint you, but BYE FOR THE DAY!

10 minutes of tension!

I was on board my, by now, regular 06:58 EMU from Belapur. The journey was normal until Kurla. Just as I got out from the train in Kurla, my foot started paining (and it still pains!). I rushed up the Foot-Over bridge to reach Platform 5. Deccan express had already crossed. There was no signs of my train (0741 Asangaon Fast) pulling in. I heard the horn of a diesel locomotive at a distance, but wasn't able to spot is anywhere. Suddenly, a Kalyan WDM2 was approaching platform 6. I scrambled for my Camera. I found that the camera had accidentally switched on, and had been switched off my the power-saver function. The loco was coming closer. I tried to revive my camera, and she luckily responded. I had hardly a few seconds to click, and finally clicked hoping for the best! The picture above is the result! Just as the loco passed, and the name of the train was visible, I burst out due to happiness! That was the Latur-Mumbai Express which has been on Diesel link since about 2 weeks. I

Another day with VSP...

I got up quite late in the morning. It was already 0800 by then. I quickly got up, and messaged VSP to find the time when he is expected at Panvel. The reply was "1030"! I was relaxed. I reached Belapur station at around 1000. I called up Deepesh Soni while on the platform, and he said that his train is just pulling in. I joined the same train, I was in the second coach while he was in the seventh. We met each other at Panvel. The train was hell crowded. Just as I got down, I heard the announcements regarding the arrival of 1689 Diva-Roha passenger. With Deep, I rushed in to see the loco already pulling in. That was WDM2 #18852 of Kalyan. Abhishek Tamhankar was to join us by this train, but he couldn't come down. We walked back towards the ticket counter to get a Platform ticket, but the counter had a very long queue. We decided to stand on the FOB for some time. Around this time, a MU-ed pair of WCAM3s pulled in. Also, WCAG1 #21972 pulled in with a BLCA/B rake from Karj

Meeting a Respected person!

Yet another sunday played host to railfanning! Today, I had an opportunity to meet Mr. V Srinivasa Prasad (Fondly called as VSP) from Hyderabad. He is a "timetable expert", and a member of Indian Railway Fans Club or IRFCA. I left my home at 1155 towards Thane to take part in the meeting. The Belapur-Panvel section was closed for the day, and all EMUs were terminated at Belapur. I took an EMU towards Kurla from Belapur. I reached Kurla at around 1245. I went towards Platform 5 to catch a fast train. Just around then a WDS4 rushed towards DR with 10 coaches in tow. While on Platform 5, I spotted a light WCAM3, and the Hyderabad Express hauled by WCG2 rushing towards Thane side. My EMU pulled in at 1313, early by 2 minutes. It was a Fast EMU, BUT being a Sunday it halts at Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund in addition to the normal halts. The journey took 30 minutes instead of the usual 17-20 minutes. The platform at Thane was crowded heavily. I had a tough time finding IRFCAn Ranj

This lady is too fast!

The day began, as usual, with enough delays! I left my home with just 8 minutes to spare for my train, and the station is about 2.5 kms from home! I did the distance in 3 minutes. Just as I got down from the EMU at Kurla, I saw the Madgaon bound Mandovi express blasting off towards thane. EMUs on the Down Fast line were running late, and I boarded a Kasara bound local (07:23) at 07:35. The Pune bound Deccan Express was running late by 15 minutes. I spotted an unidentified train snaking into LTT, the LTT bound Habibganj Express waiting at Ghatkopar Advanced Starter, and Latur-CSTM Express waiting at Ghatkopar station. The loco incharge of Latur Express was WDM2 #17735 of Kalyan. This train is now regular on Kalyan WDM2s. On reaching Thane, I saw the Mandovi waiting there with WDP4 #20015 in charge. In the evening, I boarded the 16:23 Fast from Thane. The EMU had a Motor woman in-charge! She maintained steady speeds in the Mulund-Ghatkopar section. The ride was smoother, and she braked

Winter Outing::

The travelogues of 'the Winter Outing' is now available. Please use the following links: Click here for Trip Summary page Click here for Travelogue of Journey from DR to Bangalore Click here for Travelogue of Journey from Bangalore to Thrissur Click here for Travelogue of Journey from Thrissur to Bangalore Click here for Travelogue of Journey from Bangalore to Dadar Click here for Photo Gallery Thank you!

Back to routine!

After two long weeks of abnormalities, I am almost back to my regular schedule (I plan to regularise the 06:58 EMU instead of the 06:33 one!!!). I had just ONE interesting observation in the morning! The Mandovi Express towards Madgaon. The loco was WDP4 #20025. This train is now 22 coaches long. I was damn late in the evening. I missed the 16:23 train, and took the 16:27 train instead. There were no interesting spottings in the evening! All I saw was the Pragati Express with a WCAM3, and Nanded bound Nandigram express with WDG3A #13052 of Pune in charge. So that was it for the day!

A "pseudo-Normal" Day!

Today was yet another "Pseudo" Normal day. I was late as usual. I saw the Pune bound Deccan Express blasting past Kurla with a Noisy WCG2 in charge. I was seated comfortable inside the train playing a game on my mobile phone. I wasn't cared of what went on outside! In the evening while returning, I was once again at the mobile playing a game. In the meantime, I saw Sewagram and Konark rushing out. I saw the incoming Mahanagari and the outgoing Kanyakumari at Kurla. I was damn tired to make observations! Hope to put up something interesting tomorrow!

Back to the "e-world"!

Finally the telephone line is back in place, and I am back to where I belong to! This is the first post (via-internet) after long 9 days! The 9-Long days were quite interesting with many spottings! Quite interestingly, on none of these days did I reach my college in time! I am now a regular on the 06:58 EMU from Belapur! I was a regular on the 06:33 train earlier! I regularly enjoy the "hi-speed" running of the Asangaon train from Kurla to Thane. I regularly meet Mandovi Express at Thane. Today the loco was WDP4 #20014. This is just a notice to indicate that I am back. More detailed and interesting postings from tomorrow * onwards *

Unexpected Interruption internet connection is down since the past four days. It seems that there has been some theft and the telephone wires from the telephone exchange are now missing! Hopefully the connection is restored soon. Until then there would be no updates here...

Back to the college!

Today was that day! The college re-opened after a week of vacations post the University examinations. Days of regular updates are here once again! The day began 'late' today. I was in no mood to get up at 0500 when the alarm blared out. I finally was up by 0545. I missed the 0633 train by a huge margin. I left my home only by 0640. So the 0642 was also missed! I finally boarded the 0658 train from Belapur. The train was crowded as usual, and made it to Kurla at 0732. The Deccan Express rushed away with 16-Coaches and a noisy WCG2. The coach composition was 2X SLR; 2x AC Chair Car; 1x Pantry; 11x Second Sitting. I boarded the 07:42 Asangaon "Fast" from Kurla. The coach was 365A, turned out by ICF in August 2006! Just 3 months old! The EMU flew towards Thane, and I thoroughly enjoyed the AC/DC EMU ride after a long time. Mandovi was waiting for its signal at Thane, and the loco was WDP4 #20029. I was tired of seeing WDP4s after the Bangalore trip! Rushed to college sin

Winter Outing: Final Update

Finally the 8 Day long trip is ended. The trip had me travelling 3586 kilometres in 10 different trains over a period of 8 days. The final part of the journey was: Yeswantpur to Dadar by 1018 Chalukya Express. The loco for this train was WDM3A #17910R from Pune. My coach was AS1 (WGACCN 03130A, based at Dadar Terminus). The train had 14 coaches in the following formation: Loco-SLR-GS-S1 to S7-AS1-A1-GS-SLR-VPU. The rake was the same one in which I did the DR-YPR journey!!! The coach was built in April 2004 by RCF,Kapurthala. The coach had moulded toilets. The fittings were in good condition. The train was late by an hour at Belgaum, Half-an-hour late at Miraj, and ON-TIME at Dadar. The train pulled into Platform 8 of Dadar right at 0720. I took an EMU from Dadar to Kurla, and thence to Belapur CBD. The food served on this train was too tasty to resist - especially the Vegetarian meals served for Dinner by Ghatprabha Vegetarian Refreshment Room. That was mouth watering! A detailed trav

Winter Outing: Update 5

Laziness...Wat else? Sorry guys for this very late update... I reached Bangalore from Trichur on 07-December (Yesterday!). The journey was interesting. The coach was 02143/A based at Trivandrum (AS1). The loco was WAP4 #22295 from Erode. The train left Trichur at 2215 (late by 15 minutes), and reached Bangalore at 0945. I took a BMTC Volvo from Kempegowda to reach my brother's home! Fourth and Final part of the journey begins tomorrow: I will board 1018 Chalukya Express from Yeswantpur at 0720 in the morning, and will reach Mumbai on Sunday, 10 December 2006, in the morning to pull down the curtains for this 8-day tour. Travelogues will come up very soon. In the mean time, you can check the photos till date by clicking here . So bye for now....

Winter Outing: Update 4

Hi guys.... After a few days I am getting an opportunity to blog post :-( Part 3 of the outing beins today: The journey from Trichur to Bangalore. The train is 6322 Trivandrum-Bangalore Weekly express, and I have a reservation in AC-3-Tier! I have an upper berth :-( Part 2 was interesting: The journey was like: Bangalore-Coimbatore: 2677 Intercity Express (WDM3D #11108 from Erode) Coimbatore-Shoranur: 611 Kannur Fast Passenger (WDM2 from Golden Rock) Shoranur-Thrissur: 649 Ernakulam Passenger (WAP4 from Erode) The journey was beautiful. Photos coming very soon. So bye for now!

Winter Outing: Update 3

Good morning friends......part 2 of Winter Outing has just begun. This section has me traveling to Trichur (Kerala). The journey will be done on 4 trains! The first train is 2677 bangalore-coimbatore express. Details of other trains in the next report(s). The journey by 2677 is already on.....the loco is Erode WDM3D 11108. More coming very soon....

Winter outing: Update 2

So, Finally here I am in bangalore! The train pulled into YPR at 2045, delayed by 5 minutes (On Saturday, December 02 2006). The loco for the Pune-YPR section was WDM3A #18933R from Pune! The train had a delay of 40 to 80 minutes in the Hubli-Arsikere Section. The train had a non-stop (uninterrupted) run between Davangere and Birur. A distance of over 110 kms was done in just an hour and 20 minutes! The train was blasting off at 100 kmph at most places (I measured the speed by calculating the time required to cover a kilometre!). The run was mind-blowing and it was fun to watch stations flying past! That was an experience of a life-time. The 3100-hp beast had no problems to pickup from halts - The rake was just 13 coaches! The composition of the train was; Loco-SLR-GS-A1-AS1-S7 to S1-GS-SLR! I will be leaving for Trichur tomorrow in the morning by 2677 Intercity express. So - More photos and updates on your way. BTW, the photos of the Mumbai-Bangalore trip is available here .Bye for t

Winter Outing: Update 1

So here comes the first update of the journey via GPRS. The journey has begun. The train (1017) left dadar at 2132. WDM3A #18858R of pune is in charge. The journey began with a huge suprise - i got upgraded to 2A from my original seat in 3A. What a way to begin a journey :-) more updates will flow in tomorrow.......bye till then.

The Winter Outing: Curtain Raiser

Today marks the beginning of yet another railfanning trip to the south! I will leave to Bangalore by 1017 Chalukya express today from Dadar. I will return on 10 December by 1018 Chalukya boarding YPR on 09th! So stay tuned for regular updates right here!

Lull after the storm

After miscreants created hell in Mumbai, now the police are creating heaven! Most EMUs in the CR system was badly hit today. There were lot of cancellations round the day! I had my last exam today, and the next one week is full of activities. Just look forwards for them! Sorry for such a small post, but I am in total hurry!