Thursday, April 19, 2007

To last time!

This day was probably my last trip to college! (Atleast in the morning!). I was happy to be in the 0658 EMU sitting near a window and staring aimlessly at the now familiar stretch from Belapur to Kurla. I reached Kurla at around 0735. The Mumbai bound Vidharbha Express rushed past with a WCAM3 in charge. The train had 24 coaches. Sometime later the Pune bound Deccan also rushed past with a WCG2 in charge. I was about to take a pic, but the pointsman jumped in between, and taking a photo would have been meaning less! My EMU pulled in, and luckily the coach I travelled in was new! I enjoyed the journey through out, and spotted the Devgiri express with a Green coloured Pune WDM3A.
I reached Thane, and was simply overjoyed to see the Mandovi still waiting there. The loco...


...was WDP4 #20037 of Krishnarajapuram. I rushed out, and went to college. I finished off my exam at 1400, and left college by 1515 after having some food from the Canteen. I reached Thane station at around 1600. Ratnagiri passenger was expected then. A Khopoli Fast EMU pulled into Platform 5. Minutes after the EMU came in, I spotted the Ratnagiri Passenger waiting at the outer. The loco...


...was WDG3A #13040 from Pune. This loco was recently repainted to turquoise livery from its old brown-red livery! The train had a very decent crowd and almost all the 18 coaches were full. Just after the passenger pulled out, a CSTM bound Fast EMU pulled in, and I left the station on that EMU. On the way, about 3 Express trains crossed (2 with WCAM3s and 1 with WCG2). I reached Kurla, and decided to wait for the Pragati.
Pragati Express came in with...


...WCG2 #20142. I wanted to wait for the Nandigram to pass, but the wait was getting boring, and I decided to leave.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Summer Bonus: Notings...


1. Down journey was by 6345 Netravati Express. The loco in charge was WDM3A #18555 of Erode. (Photo posted in Update 1). The coach was AS3 (WGACCN 05908 based at TVC).
2. I made a short trip to Bangalore. Left Trichur on 07 April in the night by Kallada Volvo (KA 03 AC 2000). The journey was comfortable. Travelogue coming soon.
3. Returned from Bangalore by Car. I drove for about 60% of the distance.
4. Departed from Trichur on 13 April by 6346 Netravati Express. The loco was WDM3A #14080 of Erode (Image above). The coach was AS1 (WGACCN 05138 based at TVC). The train departed from TCR at 1618, late by 28 minutes, and arrived Panvel at 1550, late by 35 minutes.

Travelogues from this journey will come up very soon. I am currently busy with my practical examinations. Photos from the return journey is uploaded here. Photos of the down journey, and some other miscellaneous railfanning images will be uploaded soon. The CD in which I had saved them got corrupted, and I am trying to retrieve them from my brother's laptop in which I had saved the entire set! I am expecting to get them by this weekend!

A detailed writeup of the trip will come up very soon....stay tuned till then! Its time for me to study for an examination to be held tomorrow. So we'll meet again tomorrow - Bye!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


My travels to my college almost approaches its end! The days are now numbered. Today was the second last, and Thursday marks the last day!!!! I took my regular train once again today, and made it to Kurla by 0735. Just as my train was pulling into Kurla, a WCG2 zoomed out of the station with the Pune bound Deccan Express. I jumped of the EMU and rushed to Platform 5. My EMU pulled in right on time. We crossed the Latur-Mumbai express near Ghatkopar. The journey ahead was normal. Just as the EMU was pulling into Thane, I spotted the Mandovi waiting there! The loco in charge was...


...WDP4 #20031 of Krishnarajapuram. The loco looked tired, and the train got its starter about a minute after I clicked the image! The rest of the journey to college was plain. I had an examination, and that too was normal!

In the evening, While entering Thane the Pune bound Pragati Express zipped past with a WCG2 in charge. Some time later, a Pune WDG3A (in turquoise livery) pulled into the station with the Mumbai-Nagpur via Nanded, Adilabad Nandigram Express. Just as Nandigram was about to pull out, Kamayani Express pulled in behind a WCAM3. I took an EMU at 1725. On the way, I spotted the Pune bound Deccan Queen. I reached home by 1945. That was it for the day...Bye!

Monday, April 16, 2007

College days back again?

Not really! I went back to college once again today - to attend a Practical examination held by the university of Mumbai! The journey was normal but unusually looked different! It was the same old route via Kurla, but everything seemed different - To begin with:
I spotted the new "Solapur-Mumbai-Kolhapur Siddheshwar/Mahalaxmi Express". The loco was a WCG2. Right behind this fellow was the Matsyagandha Express, and behind her was Devgiri Express. Mandovi had WDP4 #20034. The rest was normal.
The examination was sort of boring, and quite monotonous! In the evening, I spotted Pragati Express with a WCG2 and the Nagpur bound Nandigram Express with a WDG3A (probably of Pune).

Update: It has been confirmed that the Mumbai-Latur-Mumbai Tri-Weekly express gets a Kalyan WDM2 for its entire journey - So that becomes the longest and the only regular express link worked by Kalyan DLS - Kudos to the staff there!

Thats all for the day - Bye!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Summer Bonus: Final Update

I just made it back to Mumbai! The train was 6346 Netravati Express, and the loco was WDM3A #14080 of Erode....

More details will be posted very soon.........

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Summer Bonus: Update 1

So here goes Update 1...
The loco that worked 6345 LTT - Trivandrum Netravati Express was WDM3A #18555 from Erode (all the way). The train left Panvel at 1320, delayed by 25 minutes, and reached Thrissur at 1250, delayed by about 30 minutes. Not much about the journey... Will put up more details on reaching back in Mumbai!

An unexpected turn to the journey... I made an unexpected dash to Bangalore! I left on April 07 in the night by a VOLVO bus operated by a leading private operator - Kallada. The bus was KA 03 AC 2000. It was a Semi-Sleeper bus, and I had a seat right behind the "helper's" seat i.e., Seat Number 03. The nearby seat too was empty throughout the journey!

I'll return to Trichur on 10 April by Car...more later!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Summer Bonus.....

Just as I had reported a few days earlier, My grandpa passed off on Sunday (April 01). This sad occasion sees me traveling to Kerala once again!

I am leaving tomorrow by 6345 Netravati Express, and am expected to reach back in Mumbai by Saturday/Sunday i.e., 14/15 April 2007.

I'll surely try to update this blog in between, but it all depends......Do keep visiting often!

Light busfanning!

After a long sustained spell of Railfanning, now its time for Busfanning! Busfanning is quite different from Railfanning. In railfanning, you have specific aims with a time frame. In case of busfanning you can have none! I usually go in search of specific buses, which sometimes never turn up! I had nothing to do at home, and decided to spend some time on the road. I started my session at around 0929. I was welcomed by a 'failed' bus lying ahead. Poor passengers were waiting for the next bus...


...and many buses of the same operator - MSRTC - went without stopping! It was all dry later until I saw this...


...That is a new model bus from NWKRTC - North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation. The bus had colour similar to a TATA Starbus! I was sad that I couldn't see its face! Some time later, an old model Express bus went past...


It became all dry after that. All of a sudden, I noticed a white bus on the other side of the road, and that was...


...the new design Express bus from Karnataka! I was pretty surprised at its design! It became dry once again. The next and the biggest surprise of the day was the Hyderabad-Mumbai Volvo service of MSRTC...


...the bus was MH11-T-9233. This bus earlier made trips on the Dadar-Pune section. The bus had markings "MSRTC Govt Vehicle Parel Depot" on the rear panel. The bus looked too tired. The driver was uniformed, and had a light blue shirt with the MSRTC logo printed on it. The Conductor was in his usual Khakhi! This bus would be MSRTC costliest service, and the load seemed to be light. The timings of the bus are not very clear, but I remember reading in some news paper that the bus departs at 1900 from either ends (Mumbai Parel and Hyderabad).
I had to chase the bus for some distance before clicking the photograph. After this photo, I decided to call off the day, and finally came back home!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Last day to college!

Today was the last official working day for us final years at college! I day was off to a rather lazy start! I was unable to jump out of the bed even at 0615. I some how managed to get up, and took the 0737 EMU. I got down at Kurla, and decided to wait till the WDP4 combo (Udyan Express, closely followed by Pushpak Express - Both headed by WDP4s!) rushes through! The first WDP4 came in without much of a warning, other than a bray near the outer signal! The loco was...


...WDP4 #20034 working the Bangalore bound Udyan Express. Shortly after Udyan went, came in the Pushpak Express. This train is 24 coaches long, and CR is making good advantage of the WDP4 which otherwise would simply doze off in the yard! The loco...


...was WDP4 #20037 - The newest one to be seen in Mumbai! Just as I was waiting for my EMU after the double whammy, WCAM3 #21882 rushed towards CSTM with the Vidarbha Express in tow. The train had 25 coaches including: 2 SLR, 4 GS, 12 Sleeper, 6 AC coaches and 1 tourist/inspection car! I then took an EMU to Thane...

Noon Session: I reached Thane station quite unusually early by 1245. The CSTM-Nagercoil Express was just pulling out of the station. The loco seemed to be a WCG2 (Not very sure though!). Just as I reached Platform 6, the arrival of 6012 Chennai - Mumbai Express was announced. I could already see the loco by then. The train slowly pulled in...


...with WCG2 #20153 in charge. The train had a decent crowd to unload at Thane. Unusually, the platform was infested with RPF personnel, and photography had to be done with utmost caution! Interestingly, all the RPF fellows were carrying Wireless handsets (Walkie-Talkies) and looked as if they were searching for something/someone! I had to be cautious here!!!!
Just behind 6012 was 2118 Manmad - LTT 'Godavari Super Fast Express'. The loco in charge was WCAM3 #21898. Just as Godavari pulled out, the Varanasi bound Kamayani Express pulled in with WCAM3 #21900 in charge. The train had 2 AC coaches, 8 Sleeper, 2 SLR and 6 General coaches! Some minutes later, WDM3A #18737R of Pune rushed towards Kurla (light engine).
The PA system came live, and they announced that 157 LTT-Muzaffarpur Holiday special would arrive on Platform 7 in a few minutes. Just around 3 minutes later, a Kalyan WDM2 came in with a special train on Platform 7. But that wasn't 157! That was 165 Dadar - Ernakulam Holiday Special!


The loco in charge was WDM2 #18480 of Kalyan. This loco seems to be a star performer of Kalyan DLS, and this particular loco is always seen hauling express in case of link failures! I met a friend on the platform, and we decided to return together! Just around 1330, the Ranchi - LTT Express (8609) rushed through with WCAM3 #21891 in charge. My friend noticed that the particular train did not have any AC coaches!!! We then took an EMU. Just as the EMU was pulling out, I noticed that 157 Muzaffarpur Holiday Special had now arrived on Platform 7. The loco was WCAM3 #21886. I decided to call it a day.
I took an Belapur EMU from Kurla. The shape of the driving cab was too peculiar. The cab was modified a bit, and the interior design has been re-done. The cab interiors now had matte-finish Aluminum paneling! A look at the cab, before signing off! Bye!


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The day with a sad note!

Myself trying to recover from a shock of losing a very near relative (my grandpa), had to witness another grief filled moment today!
I was to take the 0658 EMU in the morning. But since I hadn't slept since Sunday, i couldn't resist sleeping till 0620. Finally I decided to take the 0737 EMU. I reached the station only at 0734, and the seats were already full. I decided to stay at the door. I got down at Vashi and took a ticket on the Thane train, and changed over. The coach was 76353 (the leading driving cab). The train was more or less empty while leaving from Vashi (but filled up 2 kms down the line at Sanpada). The train was first held up at Koparkhairane Outer since a Freighter was crossing over into Koparkhairane-APMC Yard. The loco were twin MU-ed WCG2s. We lost about 10 minutes waiting there! The motorman tried to somehow adjust some time, and he was driving at the MPS of 80 kmph. We crossed Ghansoli, and everything normal. Just after Ghansoli advanced starter, I head the motorman blowing the horn frantically, and then a loud thud and a sway of the coach. The train mowed down some one! The train screeched to a sudden and abrupt halt about 100 metres down. The halt extended to about 15 minutes. The train then left.
The motorman surely did not have a good day, and he then kept blowing the horn at every curve, and while entering the platform at Airoli and Thane. We finally reached Airoli, and the train kept still for about 5-7 minutes there! We made it to Thane at 0850, delayed by 13 minutes (Scheduled time is 0833). There was a mad dash to get in, and I really had to struggle in order to get out of the train! That journey was indeed sad - I indirectly witnessed some one losing his life! Poor soul - RIP!
Noon Session: I reached TNA by around 1400. The CBE-LTT Express was pulling in behind an un-identified WCG2. Later on, WCG2 pair 20111+20108 rushed through with a BCNA....


...This movement seems to regular. I notice this almost daily! (The locos change though!). Few minutes after the WCG2 hauled BCNA cleared the platform, a Kalyan Duo, led by WDM2 #18379 rushed through towards Nahur...


...The trailing loco could not be identified! Close behind the Kalyan WDM2 hauled BCNA, the KR4 Ratnagiri - Dadar Passenger pulled in with...


...WDM3A #18933R of Pune. The train was 18-Coaches long, with two reserved coaches. Some time after the passenger went out, an EMU came in, and I jumped it. Around this time, the Mangalore bound Matsyagandha Express was pulling into Platform 7. The loco in-charge was WDM3A #18536 of Erode. The EMU ride was absolutely un-eventful! On reaching Kurla, I noticed that a BOXN rake was waiting at the outer signal to enter the siding lines near Platform 8 to proceed towards Kurla Goods yard...


...The locos were WDM2 #18378 (Leading) and #18345, both from Kalyan. After some time, I took a Belapur EMU, and reached home by 1600. That was indeed a long eventful day!

Obituary: My Grandpa!

Just as I posted earlier, the holy soul left this place at 2130 on Sunday. His body was cremated with full religious rituals on Monday, April 02, 2007 at 1200, at our Ancestral house at Pullut, Kodungallur Taluk, Trissur District, Kerala.

I unfortunately could not take part in the rituals, since I could not manage to get tickets on any of the Cochin (the nearest airport) bound flights! So, I am back here in Mumbai.

But would be leaving on Saturday, April 06 2007 to take part in the rituals that are usually done on the 11th & 12 th day of death as per our Tradition.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

In Remembrance

In remembrance of this holy soul - Sankaran Embranthiri, my paternal Grand Father.

He left for his heavenly abode just hours back (At 2100)...he is no more in this world! He was 90 at the time of death. He died due to Cardiac Arrest.
His body would be cremated tomorrow after our family reaches there...
May his soul rest in peace!

In solitude to this heart breaking news, there would be no update to this blog atleast for the next three days. I am leaving urgently to my Native place (Kodungallur in Kerala) by the first available flight.
Please bear with me for this interruption. Hoping to be back to track very soon...

CR: Diesel loco links in Mumbai

Central Railway has loads of Diesel Loco links in Mumbai Division now! Here is a list of those links:

1. Krishnarajapuram WDP4 Links:


6529/30 Mumbai CST - Bangalore Udyan Express
0103/04 Mumbai CST - Madgaon Mandovi Express
0111/12 Mumbai CST - Madgaon Konkan Kanya Express
2533/34 Mumbai CST - Lucknow Pushpak Express (Between CSTM and Igatpuri only)

2. Erode WDM3A/WDM2 Links:


6345/46 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Trivandrum Netravati Express
2051/52 Dadar - Madgaon Jan Shatabdhi Express
2619/20 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Mangalore Matsyagandha Express
KR5/6 Diva - Sawantwadi Passenger

3. Ernakulam WDM3A/WDM2 Links:


2617/18 Ernakulam - H.Nizamuddin Mangala Express
2653/54 Kochuveli - Chandigarh Kerala Sampark Kranti Express
6311/12 Bikaner - Trivandrum Express
6333/34 Veraval - Trivandrum Express
6335/36 Gandhidham - Nagercoil Express
6337/38 Okha - Ernakulam Express

4. Pune WDM3A/WDM2 Links:


1017/18 Dadar - Yeshwantpur Chalukya Express
1035/36 Dadar - Mysore Sharavati Express
7057/58 Mumbai CST - Secunderabad Devgiri Express
7605/6 Mumbai CST - Nagpur Nandigram Express
KR3/4 Dadar - Ratnagiri Passenger

5. Kalyan WDM2 Links:


1005/6 Mumbai CST - Latur Express
1692/1689 Roha - Diva Passenger
1696/1695 Roha - Diva Passenger
1682 Dombivli - Vasai Road Passenger
1681 Vasai Road - Diva Passenger
1683/1684 Vasai Road - Diva Passenger
1685/1686 Vasai Road - Diva Passenger

6. Golden Rock WDP3A links:


2431/32 Trivandrum - Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express

7. Ratlam WDM3A Links:


2449/50 Madgaon - Hazrat Nizamuddin Goa Sampark Kranti Express
2977/78 Ernakulam - Jaipur Marusagar Express