Railfanning at Panvel...

Panvel is always a weakness for me! Here I go once again... I reached Panvel at around 1200. The station seemed to be too crowded, with many departures running much delayed. The "late" runners list was getting longer by the minute, and the Ernakulam-Jaipur Marusagar Express topped the list by running late by 16 hours! Mangala Express (Ernakulam bound) was the next with a delay of 8 hours, Madgaon bound Mandovi Express by 5 hours and the Nizamuddin bound Mangala Express with a delay of 2 hours!


The first arrival after I reached there was a freight train hauled by Kalyan WDG3A #14595. That was a BTPN rake bound to Navghar HPCL Siding returning after unloading Naphtha at RCF at Thal. After this rake came in, annoucements were made regarding the arrival of the Trivandrum bound Netravati Express. Netravati came in at 1300 with WDM2 #16885 of Ernakulam in charge. The KR4 Ratnagiri Dadar Passenger came at around 1315, with WDM3A #17687R of Pune in charge.
After both trains left, announcement were made about the Madgaon bound Mandovi Express' arrival. The train came in at 1330 with WDM2 #18169 of Kalyan in charge. Just minutes after Mandovi came, the Jaipur bound Marusagar Express pulled with Twin Ratlam WDM2s in charge. The leading loco was WDM2 #16849 and #17822 (jumbo) came trailing. The 22 coach train had pretty good patronage, and passengers seemed to have starved. The train unfortunately does not have a pantry car, and vendors on the platform had a very good business.
Just as I was preparing to move out, WDG4 #12001 (in the pic above) was seen pulling in from the Pune side with a BCCN rake. The loco was still in the original GM-EMD livery bearing marks of "GM" on the body along with the markings "1997" and "GT46MAC". I rushed to the Khanda Colony LC to catch the Marusagar Rushing past. There ended a fruitful railfanning session.
Images of the day can be seen here. Today's images are the last ten (10) images starting with this one. Bye...