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A PUNE Ring:: Curtain Raiser!

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Today marks the beginning of yet another railfanning trip to the south! I am on a trip to Kerala. The outbound journey is by 1097 Pune-Ernakulam Express, and return is by 1014 Coimbatore-LTT Express! I will reach back in Mumbai on 1st of February 2007.

So stay tuned for regular updates right here!

Another day on a Double-decker

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I had another treat on Double decker buses today! I had been planning such a ride for a long time now! I had to got to Bombay College of Pharmacy, located at Kalina on the CST Road. I took a train from Belapur to Kurla, and decided to take a bus from thereon.
I took BEST's route number 311 from Kurla Station (West) Bus Terminus. That was a double-decker bus, and I sat on the upper deck. The outbound journey was with my friends. I returned alone.
While returning, I took 311 once again and once again sat on the upper deck that too at the seat at the front end. The seat was airy, and you see the road from a totally different perspective. Cars look quite dwarfed. Even normal buses look small from there. The ride gives a totally different experience!!! I was carrying my camera along, and took photos from that seat! (The image above is an example!).
Some facts about the bus:
The bus is powered by a Ashok Leyland-Hino "H" Series 6 Cylinder engine, and produces a maximum torque of 4…

A Short trip to Titwala

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Friday morning saw me trying hard to wake up from a very late sleep on Thursday. I took an EMU at 0737 (Scheduled time 0734) from Belapur and reached Kurla at around 0810. I took the Badlapur bound 0818 Fast EMU from thereon. I got down at Ghatkopar, where I was to meet my friends. Just as I got down from the EMU, the LTT Bound Jnaneshwari Express rumbled through. Some time later, the Bangalore bound Udyan Express crawled through the station with WDP4 #20032 in charge. ALL trains on the Down Through (Fast) Line have to crawl through Ghatkopar station now-a-days; Thanks to a nasty speed restriction in force near Vidyavihar. The SR is from Vidyavihar station to Ghatkopar Outer Signal, and is in the range of 30kmph. Express trains hardly pickup speed by the time they reach the station!
Some time after the Udyan went through, Another WDP4 approached the station. This time it was WDP4 #20033, and the train was the Lucknow bound Pushpak express. This train, ever since she started getting a W…

A Double-Decker ride!

On Thursday, we (myself, and other students of Final Year B.Pharm) had an Interview for a Job at Kalina. We were to reach there by 1400. Our college received the notification quite late, and we came to know about it just around 1100 or so. After high voltage drama at our college, we were granted permission to attend the interview at around 1330. About 15 students in my class were interested, and we flew out of the college. We had no time to spare, and we did not even have a Resume! Finally, we (about 5 of us) dropped into a Cyber-cafe and created resumes. Finally we took a train to Kurla, and a bus from thereon.....(The interview stopped mid-way, and is expected to continue tomorrow i.e., on Saturday).
The bus journey....was on a Double decker! Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (B.E.S.&T.) have a sizeable population of Double decker buses in their fleet. The buses are mostly old. They are powered by Ashok Leyland Engines, and have a seating capacity of under …

Another pseudo normal day...

Today was yet another pseudo normal day except for a few incidences in the morning. I reached Kurla at around 0735 as usual. Just as I was on the Foot-Over-bridge, I saw the Deccan Express zipping through the station, and a WCAM3 was in charge! Just after the PA system made an announcement that the 0741 Asangaon EMU was expected soon, the Madgaon bound Mandovi Express rushed through! The loco was WDP4 #20032. I was disgusted! This train means that my EMU would be late! The train reached Kurla at 0750 against its scheduled departure of 0741! I was too late to college today!
In the evening, I went to dadar to get a ticket for myself and Dad for a journey to Pune this saturday. I luckily got a ticket on an MSRTC Volvo bus, and that too a seat right behind the driver! I'll have a clear picture of the monster's view of the road ;-) The day thus ended on a very happy note!
Note: While travelling from Thane to Dadar, I spotted the Pragati Express (WCAM3), Nandigram Express (Kalyan WDM2…

Yet another day!

Today had nothing special in store for me! It was all a normal day with me traveling on all regular trains on the very old boring route!
In the morning, I saw Deccan Express rushing through Kurla with WCAM3 #21946 in charge. There were no other trains in the morning. While on my EMU, I spotted the Latur-Mumbai Express, Late-running Chalukya Express, and one another WCAM3 hauled Express. Mandovi was late as-usual today! In the evening there were far lesser happenings to say!

Let me take this opportunity to let out a travel plan:: I am leaving this Saturday (27.Jan.2007) by Poorna Express. I'll board the train at Pune, and get down at Ernakulam. I'll return - board 1014 CBE-LTT express at Coimbatore on 31.Jan.2007 and alight at Pune on 01.Feb.2007, and proceed to Mumbai by bus!
I had been to a nearby MSRTC reservation counter to get tickets for my Mumbai-Pune journey on Saturday to board the bus. Unfortunately, due to some problems he wasn't able to issue tickets for the bus of…

End to sleepless nights...back now to normal!

After days to roaming, and hard work, and of course - sleepless nights, its all back to normalcy now. I started attending college like ever before, it is all normal now! I left home at 06:45 as usual, and took the 06:58 train. The train was much less crowded today! Just as I got down from the train at Kurla, I saw the Mandovi Express rushing out with a WDP4. At about 07:44, the Pune bound Deccan Express rushed out with a WCAM3 in charge.
My train (07:41 Asangaon Fast) pulled in at about 07:50 or so. The Deccan Express was just ahead of my train, and my train was always getting only Amber or Double amber signals until Ghatkopar. I spotted a Jhansi WDM2 at Kurla. We pulled into Ghatkopar quite late, and by now Deccan express got quite ahead of my train. My train rushed out of Ghatkopar at a very good speed.
The EMU slowed down once again right before Mulund, and crawled through Platform 3 of Mulund. Right after Mulund, my train crossed over to the Slow line and once again picked speed. M…

Now all's over!

Yesterday marked an end to a 10 day long saga of creating a model for an exhibition. We displayed the model yesterday, but really failed to impress the judges. Finally, at around 1800, myself and our team left the venue with heavy hearts!
I expect to be able to make regular updates from Monday onwards. Sorry for the interruptions till now!

This is too baaaaddd......

Sorry to all of you for not posting since sunday! I was damn busy all through the week. I was reaching back home by 2100~2200 (0030 yesterday!) and was damn tired to even start my PC!!!

That was really a tiresome week, and the project that I am working on is still not over. Hopefully, I'll have a peaceful time from saturday onwards. Please bear with me till then...SO bye for now!

Another tiring day!

Saturday was yet another tiring day. I drove down to college to collect cash for purchasing the apparatus required for our model making. From my college, I dove down to Andheri to pick up the material, and then returned to college to hand over the apparatus. I drove back home after that. That was a 100+ kilometre drive through heavily crowded roads!
I was damn tired at the end of the day, but still wanted to make a visit to the sports ground of BVP's College which is just 4 kms from home. Our college was playing against MET College in a game of cricket. When I reached there, about 2 and a half overs were remaining. The match was decisive, and our players were battling quite well. We were on the batting side. In the last over, we required about 12 runs. On the 4th ball, the batsman took the ball for a four. In the next ball, they scored 3 runs. In the last ball, he hit above for a four/six. Unluckily, he was caught out and our team is now out of the tournament!
After a dejected day, …

Just wait a minute....

It was chilling outside and my eyes were too heavy for me to keep them open! I was sitting inside the 06:58 BEPR-CSTM slow EMU on a cold Thursday morning. On Wednesday, I had reached my home quite late and it was 2130 when I reached home. I went to bed only by 2330, and had to get up by 0500. I hardly slept since my entire body was aching badly after an entire day of hard "roaming".
On Wednesday, myself and my team went to the water packaging plant of a famous brand owned by an Multinational Cola Giant. Our aim was to study their techniques and steps in processing. Their processes were too impressive and we managed to get a few samples of their treatment media. After that, we visited a "glass blower" at Andheri to get quotes for the design of glass column that we were looking for. We finally got one, and discussed out the rates.
On Thursday, we got approval from the college for the apparatus. Our college arranged for another trip to a manufacturing unit in Bhandup. O…

Very tough and tiring days ahead...

Monday was a sort of a turning point for me. On that day, our college decided to include me in the team of "budding scientists" for a Scientific Model Making Competition. We are a team of 5 students, all from Final Year Bachelor of Pharmacy. We held an hour long brainstorming session with the teacher in-charge to finalise on a model for the competition. We couldn't do so, and we finally manage to do in on Tuesday. The entire 6 hour that I spent in the college on Tuesday was for this competition, and we finally decided upon a model which seemed to be too common, but we plan to do it in a very uncommon way.
We decided to set up a water purification plant which employs a variety of techniques to deliver the purest form of water. The project was finalise and we got in touch with a teacher in the nearby Engineering department to help us out on the project. We got through the formalities, and we got the project approved by the head of the institution, and the application for th…

An all Unusual day....

Today was an all unusual day!!! Right in the morning, I rose late from my Bed, and I ended up late. I had to drive like a maniac to make in on time for my 06:58 train! Just as I reached Kurla, I noticed that the 07:24 Kasara Fast was running late, and she hadn't yet reached Kurla. The platform was heavily crowded. The time was already 07:35. The PA system came alive, and informed that this particular EMU (07:24 Kasara) was running late by 10-15 minutes. The announcement was closely followed by another announcement that GRP (Government Railway Police) Personnel should attend the "soon-to-arrive" 07:24 Kasara train. Usually such an announcement is made only when the train has mowed down someone, or is carrying the corpse of a person who could have been mowed down by the train which just went ahead.
The 07:27 CSTM "Always Late" EMU pulled into Platform 6. The announcer mumbled something which was unclear. As ever, I kept my watchful eye trained at the down lines en…

Too normal days!

The days gone by were too normal to write about. No special spottings, and nothing really special to report! I saw the Mandovi with WDP4 #20026 in charge at Thane on Saturday.
Surprisingly, I spotted a Vatva WDM2, and a Katni WDM2 at Kurla. NO photographs though!
I hope to have something really interesting tomorrow!

Sleepy days....

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First priority: Sorry for not updating yesterday! Thanks to the apathy of the local state run telecom provider, my telephone was dead yesterday. I access internet through the broadband service that requires my telephone to work! Sorry for the technical glitch!
Both yesterday, as well as today were sleepy days for me! On both the days, I was struggling hard to keep my eyes open during lectures! But, with respect to Railfanning, both days were "so-so" types. Luckily, on both the days spotted the Mandovi Express. It was 20032 yesterday, and 20025 today. (Guessing what the numbers are? They are road numbers of the WDP4 locos that took the train).
Mandovi has just received new "name plates". It is bust still sad to see this train running without coach number boards. Earlier this train did not even have destination boards, now atleast they have appeared. On both the days, I did not have any interesting sightings other than the normal fare.
Hopefully, I have something excit…

The New year...A New day....

Today was my first day to college after 2007 dawned! I was delayed in the morning and had to run down to the platform. I took the 06:58 train from Belapur and made in to Kurla by about 0732. The Mumbai CST bound Vidarbha Express pulled through just around then. I rushed to Platform 5 where my onward connection was expected.
At around 0736, the Pune bound Deccan Express went through. I was surprised to find that there is a Speed restriction for trains running through Platform 5, and trains now run through at a slower pace! My train came in before time, and left a minute late (07:41 Asangaon Semi-Fast). On the way we crossed the late-running Matsyagandha Express, and Chalukya Express. Mandovi Express towards Madgaon was late, as usual!
I walked out of the station, and took a bus from the adjacent MSRTC bus station. (I'll put up an image of the "Red Monster" very soon). The bus had an engine failure just after running 1.5 kms from the origin! I had to take another transport …

The first railfanning of the Year!

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The best way to enter a new year is to go on a railfanning round! It was something that I had been thinking for the past few days! Till about 1130, I kept tracking a particular train on Konkan Railway's Current train position website. So finally after I confirmed that the train was infact reaching Panvel soon, I left my home towards Belapur station.
I finally reached Panvel at 1225. I purchased a Platform ticket and entered the station. I had a glance at the train status board, and I found that my "target" train was an hour late! I roamed around the station, and had a glance at the "Coach composition" board. My eyes popped out when I saw the composition of 2977 ERS-JP Marusagar Express. The train had 23 coaches!!! The PA System came alive, and the arrival of KR4 Ratnagiri-Dadar passenger was announced. Trivandrum bound Netravati Express was also scheduled soon. I rushed to Platform 2. A BCNA rake, hauled by WCAG1 #21974 pulled into Panvel. At around 1253, WDM3A …

Happy New Year!

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Finally the year 2006 bid us bye, and gave way for 2007!!! Wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.
It is just 22 minutes into this "sparkling" new year! I sincerely hope that this year is devoid of gruesome incidences, and this year be good to one and all irrespective of caste or creed.
May this year bring in tons of Railfanning with adequate safety, and let this year be filled with Joy!
Wish You a very happy and Prosperous New year!!!