Pilgrimage 2007: Final Update

Pilgrimage 2007 has finally ended! The beautiful journey with a few "in-built" surprises ended yesterday in the evening. I was too tired to post about it, and decided to do it today!
  • The down journey was by 2618 Hazrat Nizamuddin - Ernakulam Mangala Lakshadweep Express. We boarded the train at Panvel and alighted at Thrisur. The loco in charge was WDM2 #17583 of Ernakulam. She was a star performer! The loco smoked quite less, and had very good and clear beats! She had a very beautiful pickup, and did a good job with the 18-Coach load! My coach was WGACCN 01908 (AS1).
  • The return journey was by 6346 Trivandrum - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravati Express. We boarded the train at Thrisur, and alighted at Panvel. The loco in charge was WDM3A #14125 of Erode, and the coach was WGACCN 01146 (AS4). The train ran perfectly to schedule, and we reached Panvel at 1515, dot on schedule!
  • I had a very short railfanning with Jimmy Jose of Ernakulam, and Antony Damacious of Bangalore at Ernakulam. We went to Ernakulam Marshalling Yard, and Ernakulam Diesel Loco Shed. Unfortunately, we could not spend much time due to each other's personal constraints!
  • I visited the Hill-top abode of Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta District of Kerala. The presiding diety of the temple is Lord Ayyappa. The visit was beautiful, and a trip report of that follows!
Travelogues of the journey is under 'preparation'. I was too tired yesterday. I had a holiday today, but a nasty headache has kept me down! The photos (railfanning ones!) are uploaded to Galleria.