Short Railfanning at Thrissur

I had a small railfanning at Thrissur Station today. I was at the station to reserve a ticket for me to return to Bangalore urgently. I am now "reporting" from a cyber cafe here in Thrissur itself!

I reached the station some time after 1230. Just as I reached there, I spotted the Hyderabad-Trivandrum Sabari Express waiting to depart from PF 1 towards TVC. I couldn't check the loco, by the time i entered the PF with a PF ticket, the train was already moving - all i could see was that it was a WAP4.

Just as Sabari left, the Mangala Exp towards NZM pulled in on PF 2. Ernakulam WDM3A #16295R was in charge. The train was at the station for about 10 minutes. The station was devoid of RPF guys much to my excitement! There was one RPF guy who was roaming around the station for some time. I forgot to take an umbrella, and decided not to leave the station due to the fear of getting drenched in a downpour! Luckily nothing like that happened!

I checked the arrival status of 2432 Rajdhani, and found that she was still to reach Shoranur! Just after Mangala left, WAP4 #22654 of ED pulled in with the Mangalore bound Parasuram Express! This train now gets a WAP4 upto SRR! The train lost its Pantry car recently!!!

After Parasuram left, Announcements were being made about the arrival of the Hyderabad bound Sabari Express. She came in at 1308 with ED WAP4 #22391 in charge. After the Sabari came in, I headed off to the food plaza for my lunch. On the way, I enquired at the enquiry counter about the Rajdhani - they said it'd come at 1325! So, I had under 20 minutes for my lunch!!! I had a real quick lunch. The announcement was made as I was almost done with the lunch. I then had a mad dash to the platform to get a pic of the Rajdhani! She came in at 1326 with WDP3A #15515 in charge! The rake was a normal one, in the worst possible condition!

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I headed off to book my ticket. I reached the reservation office, took a token and filled up a reservation form. A good Samaritan who had two coupons gave me one! The coupon that i took bore the number 653, while the one he gave was 522! The last token then called was 521!!! I took a ticket in just 5 minutes and was out!

I reached the platform right on time to see the Guruvayur-ERS Passenger. She came in at 1352 with WDM2 #16804 of ERS doing the honors. The passenger had 13 coaches, and had real poor occupancy. I headed off to get a cool drink was then took a seat on PF 1. The arrival of the 6382 CAPE-CSTM Express was announced. The train came in at 1439 behind WAP4 #22714 of Lallaguda!!!

Just as 6382 stopped, the arrival of 6318 JAT-CAPE was announced! She came in at 1444 with WAP4 #22548 of ED doing the honors. The train had some 12 coaches in the following arrangement: LOCO-SLR-GS-GS-B1-B2-S1 to S5-PC-SLR.

Both the trains (6382 & 6318) left at the same time! The arrival of the Garib Rath to Mumbai was announced next. The train came in at 1452 behind twin Guntakal WDM2s! The locos were #16682 (Leading) and #17588!!! I called it a day, and headed out after the GR came to a halt! Am now heading off to the bus station (right opposite to this cyber cafe) to take a bus to head back to my home...
Photos coming soon!!!!

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