Showing posts from January, 2008

MSRTC's New King Long!

I saw the first new "Certia" KL6113 bus from MSRTC on the road some two months back. I've been trying to get them on my camera since then. Yesterday, while driving back from Panvel after a nice railfanning session, I saw one right in front of me -waiting for me to picture her!

Here she goes:

The bus was working a Dadar-Pune schedule. The bus was named "Shivneri" MSRTC's Flag ship brand for their Volvo buses. I was pleasently surprised on seeing the bus! The bus is probably on lease to MSRTC (looks so from the number - MSRTC buses are never registered at the Vashi RTO, but always bear "MH11, 12, 20, 31 or 40" marks!).

King Long (under their "Cerita" Brand in India) seem to be making good in roads into Maharashtra. Even reviews seem to give a thumbs up to this bus and are rated at par with a Volvo! I'm yet to travel in one of these - I would reserve my opinion till then!

Republic Day at Panvel

While sitting idle at office on Republic Day morning, an Idea to railfan at the station dawned on me. The time was around 0430 when it all happened. I left my office at 0700 (my shift ends at 0700) and drove home thinking more about the program. I finally decided to do it and left my home at 0745. A really bad accident at Kharghar caused slow moving traffic on the highway. I reached the station at around 0810. The queue at the ticket counter scared me, and I rushed off to the suburban complex to get a Platform ticket.

I entered the station and found a Vadodara WAG5 standing at the CSTM end of Platform 1. The loco was #23741. There was a BCNA rake on Platform 3 and the rake probably came from the Roha side, and unknown WDG3A was seen moving away from the rake. Announcements were made that the Mandovi Express was expected only at 0850, on Platform 2. WAG7 #27662 of Ludhiana pulled in from the JNPT side sometime around 0825. The PA system announced that the Flag would be raised at 0830 a…

Railfanning at Saphale

I had a short Railfanning at Saphale on Sunday - January 20, 2008.

The trip report would come up soon.... Till then, have a look at the images!

The images of the day can be seen here! 31 of them in all

Flight from Bangalore to Mumbai...

December 30, 2007: I was all set to fly again after a long gap of more than two years! My last air journey was in May 2005! I was flying back to Mumbai alone from Bangalore, and my entire family was at the airport to see me off. We reached the airport at around 1030 for a 1140 departure. I just had cabin baggage with me. There were three check-in counters for my airline (IndiGo), and one was empty. I checked in a matter of a few minutes. They did check my identity before issuing a boarding pass. I had selected a seat at the time of reservation itself, and was allotted the same seat. The guy at the counter directed me to the security check, and asked me to proceed towards Gate 1.

There weren’t much people for the security check, and I finished the process in less than 5 minutes. I was at the waiting area at around 1040! One Kingfisher to Delhi was boarding then from Gate 1, and another one was at Gate 2. After the bird to Delhi went, another red bird (Kingfisher) docked, and this one …

New Year Bonus - Done!

Finally the trip is done! About 3000kms in 5 days!

The outbound journey was by 6345 Netravati Express. The loco in charge was WDM3D 11207 of Erode. My coach was WGACCW 96067 (A1) based at TVC. The coach was probably the worst AC coach in which I have ever traveled! The train was about 20 minutes late while leaving Panvel, and arrived Trivandrum late by around 28 minutes. The train had a very bad run over at Quilandi, and the train stopped just meters after the spot. A man was run over at a level cross, and it is reported that nothing remained of the person - a very sad incident which left a bad mark to the day!

The return journey was by 6346 Netravati Express. The loco this time was WDM2 #16671 of Ernakulam! The coach this time around was WGACCN 03107 (B4) based at Trivandrum. The train left Trivandrum on time and maintained time at most stations on Day 1. The train started losing time on Day 2, and reached Panvel only at 1706, delayed by a whole hour and 56 minutes! The coach was bette…

New Year Bonus - Update 1

I entered the capital city of kerala - Trivandrum yesterday! My train was hauled by WDM3D 11207 of Erode.... More details very soon!

New Year Bash!

Just like the last year, this year too I welcomed the new year with a session of railfanning. The venue was the same both the years - the ever familiar Panvel station.

I returned from Bangalore on Sunday alone, and my parents would be back only the next week. I left home at around 1130 to a nearby restaurant to have lunch and then proceed to Panvel. I had lunch and drove down towards Panvel. I dove about 50% of the distance when I realised that I hadn't taken the batteries of my camera! The camera takes only Li-Ion batteries, and I had to drive back home to fetch the batteries. I called up Panvel and enquired the status of some trains.

I then drove down to Panvel, and headed straight to the Level cross. The gate was closed, and Netravati Express to Panvel was readying to start! WDM3D #11112 of Erode was in charge! The loco was a mild smoker. A twin Kalyan WDM2 hauled BCNA rake too was waiting to start from Panvel.

The KR4 passenger from Ratnagiri was running late, and pulled in at ar…