The current services are:
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The current services are:
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
The revised routes are as under:
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The trip was nice and the weather was pleasant. It drizzled slightly through Saturday, and this helped the weather remain cool. The MG ride was amazing, and the puny locos confounded us to no end. The train did comfortable 70-75 kmph, and the ride was really smooth - unlike my previous experience on the Palakkad-Kollengode section.
The Rajdhani journey (from Bangalore to Nagpur) is one forgettable journey, barring the fact that it was my first WAP7 ride. The coach was maintained poorly, the airconditioners refused to work most of the time, the sways were bad and the overall cleanliness did not live up to the aura associated with a Rajdhani Express. However, the speed was good and we stuck more or less to the timetable.
The Garib Rath journey from Nagpur to Akola was far better than the Rajdhani. The meal service on the train was far better and cleaner than the Rajdhani. The coach was new, and was well kept. This train too ran on time, and we were before time at most places. We had the honour of meeting IRFCAn Zubin Dotivala at Badnera. Coincidentally, it was his birthday. The stay at Akola was nice.
The rest of the journey is worth a seperate post of its own.... a more detailed post with more snippets, some photographs, etc are on its way.....
Friday, March 13, 2009
Here we are finally at Nagpur. WAP7 30239 of Lallaguda did a real nice job of bringing us here. We made it to Nagpur by 1533. Had some light loco spotting here, and of course the Narrow Guage service to Chhindwara. The train had 9 coaches, and looked cool. Post our arrival here, about 5 trains arrived or departed. Pretty high traffic, and very high crowd too....
More updates coming as the journey progresses :)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
The clockwise service is called "Blue Line":
Monday, March 02, 2009
The first bus that I took (in May 2008) was a disappointment. That bus was KL15-6411 (RR213) of Thrissur Depot. The bus had a malfunctioning AC, poor pickup and a very noisy ride. The second journey was by KL15-6412 (RR214), again of Thrissur Depot. This bus was pretty well maintained. The AC was powerful and kept cool through the trip. The ride was rough and vibration levels were too high. The last bus - KL15-6408 (RR210) - took me by surprise. The bus did 100kmph easily, without much vibrations. The AC was too powerful. The ride was rough - the suspension seems to have gone for a toss. Markings on the bus claimed that the tyres at Nitrogen, and not air.
Till that happens, enjoy these little glimpses of the big festival happening at my hometown (unfortunately I could attend only a day's event out of the three days of extravaganza).