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Yesterday (20:31)   12657/Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail | MAS/Chennai Central (12 PFs)

Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2180352            Tags   Past Edits
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Great narration.. Indeed a lovely trip report.
My expectations from 12657 over the last 1 year have been very limited thanks to the presence of various TSRs in MAS-SBC sector and this Sunday was no different. It was not really a planned journey as we (read my better half and I) had to make a sudden trip to Chennai for a personal work and return back in a day. Like always, I had booked the onward journey in 12658 for Saturday night and in a rare occasion booked in 3AC in the Tatkal quota for Sunday night journey. I usually prefer SL for both 12658 and 12657 and this was one of the rarest of cases where I had to book in 3A.
MRTS trains are usually deserted on
Sunday nights and this time around, we preferred to take the MRTS route from MTMY to MAS instead of the usual bus route but the train was crowded unusually. We managed to reach MAS at 22:40 thanks to the numerous TSRs from MTMY to Park Town. The number of TSRs in MAS division is at an all-time high and even the MRTS route is also not spared from them. Like on most nights, 12657 was allotted PF5 and as we entered the Platform, Yercaud’s last coach was seen exiting PF6. I was visible upset seeing a WAP4 hauling my previous night’s journey in 12658 and my wife did not want to see the same upset face this night as well. We quickly checked out the loco and my eyes lit up seeing the white stallion 30358 from the Royapuram Loco Shed. Kovai had just arrived on the adjacent platform with marginal delay with another WAP7 while 30426 WAP7 was roaming light on PF3 after hauling Brindavan. Howrah Mail was on Pf8 with yet another P7-30420 so literally it was P7 mania during that hour at MAS as even the just arrived Korba-TVC exp was hauled by a WAP7.
B2 coach was super clean thanks to the supreme maintenance standards set by SBC division and we quickly settled into our SLB and SUB berths 5 minutes before departure. Since 12657 undergoes Platform attention instead of Sec. Maintenance, as soon as the rake is shunted to Platform, Watering + Toilet cleaning is done and same had taken place this time as well. Since I literally take 12657/58, for all my MAS-SBC journeys, I sort of knew most of the LPs by face and moment I saw this particular LP I was confident we’ll have a fairly decent run this time despite the numerous TSRs.
We were given starter at 23:12 itself and departed bang on time. After the TSR at Korattur, Avadi was said good-bye by 23:40 and I was confident enough, we’ll arrive AJJ with only around 15 mins delay. It was a pleasant sight to witness TRL dispatched at MPS of 100+ as we were allotted the fast line post TRL although we had to move to the slow line post TO. Moment we crossed TRL at 23:55, I was sure Yercaud will have to wait for us longer at Walajah for the overtake instead of the usual Valathoor looping.
As expected Yercaud was overtook at Walajah and P7 showed no mercy and breaks were applied only at KPD outer after AJJ. HTE-BNC and late running Kerala had exited KPD only 10-20 mins back and I was sure HTE – BNC will block us the path after BWT.
In one of the best runs in the last 1 year, my Mail arrived JTJ 5 minutes BT and even better BWT 5 minutes BT. This is a record run simply because of the fact that, this train had a simply outstanding history of arriving BT at most stations en-route and the umpteen number of TSRs over the last 1 year or so had completely spoiled so many trains’ performance. By the time we reached BWT, we had almost caught up with HTE – BNC as the gap was hardly 20kms. This had affected the performance in the home run as we were given last minute clearance both at KJM and BYPL and had stopped at BNCE home for 2 minutes. By the time, we entered BNC platform, huge number of crowd were seen exiting HTE – BNC on PF1A indicating we had almost caught up with the SER based train although the gap was quite big at KPD.
Thanks to the Uber and Ola strike, we struggled to get a cab at BNC and finally managed to get hold of a cab to reach home. It was a proud moment for me to witness the fantastic run between MAS and KJM considering the numerous disappointments in the last twelve months.
Thanks for reading!
PS: I am usually very critical of SBC division for its operational mismanagement and corruption but can happily take my hats off for their maintenance of trains. You give them an untidy rake and they will return it to you back in few hours spick and span.

Yesterday (21:24)
RF Z ▶NEVER BOARD A MOVING TRAIN◀*^~   11217 blog posts   2561 correct pred (84% accurate)
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You know what the best part of this report is? Every single line penned comes out of a long history of your association with 2657/58. Someone who doesn't know the most intricate details of this train, someone who doesn't love this train above all, someone who isn't a true railfan to begin with CANNOT write this report. Before someone calls himself the biggest fan of XYZ train, he should, IMO, judge if his relationship with XYZ is even comparable to what Raghu has with 2657/58. If it is, he may go ahead.

Yesterday (21:40)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2180352-2            Tags   Past Edits
Thanks Zahaib. Writing a trip report after ages so I appreciate any feedback.
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Feb 23 2017 (19:09)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
Re# 2153483-40            Tags   Past Edits
Its not TVC Mail, must be MAS-MAQ exp

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★★  Rail Fanning
Feb 21 2017 (17:25)   RPM/WAP-7/30390

Foamer~   1303 blog posts
Entry# 2173216            Tags   Past Edits
Pics of SR E-Locos taken at various places in Bengaluru over past few weeks.

Feb 22 2017 (23:08)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
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I was hoping SWR will at least think of building their own ELS once SBC-MYS section comes under wires completely but that is not going to happen anytime soon it seems. Now that IR has allowed DLS to hold e-locos and vice-versa, hoping KJM shed is modified to accommodate e-locos also.

Feb 22 2017 (23:20)
A good day ahead~   2356 blog posts
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The length of electrified sections in SWR is still very less to justify a full-fledged ELS. Most of the trains in the SBC-MYS sector are either ICEs that can be handled by any of the locos in SBC trip shed, or trains that will crossover into other zones after SBC and get their loco links from other zones.
In addition, a new ELS is slated to come up at GTL as well. Until the interior SWR regions start getting electrified, SR and SCR will's fleet will be sufficient to cater to SWR's requirements.

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Feb 22 2017 (23:43)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
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GTL shed is mainly to cater to SCR region and once WADI line becomes electrified fully. SWR needs its own shed to cater to trains in MYS-SBC-YPR-DMM sector. Once SBC-MYS is electrified fully, you need a minimum of 5 to 10 e-locos to cater to SBC-MYS trains itself leave alone the rest. and then come the long distance trains from SBC/MYS/YPR going towards WADI/GNT/BZA via DMM and also SBC-BWT sector. SR will soon run out of locos to lend to SWR as some of the SR lines are also being electrified at a fast pace.

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Feb 23 2017 (00:33)
A good day ahead~   2356 blog posts
Re# 2173216-14            Tags   Past Edits
Hardly. GTL will cater to the MAS-CSTM line and also cater to trains heading towards SBC from GR/GNT side. Sheds like GTL, ET, AJJ, ED etc are designed to cater to a wide selection of routes as these stations by themselves do not have much originating traffic and mostly have passing trains. It won;t be surprising if GTL WAP's are seen hanging around SBC in the future.
Again, I am just saying that an ELS is probably not a requirement with only the MYS-SBC route to cater to. Most trains from BWT side get loco links from farther up in their routes like VSKP or ET, or SR links for those originating/passing from MAS. On the GTL
side, trains via DHNE, or trains going to DD side will be catered by GTL.
Once SWR see's an expansion in electrification, then an ELS becomes an immediate necessity. For the present, expanding the Trip-shed capacity or making provision at KJM for a handful of locos ( as you pointed out) should be sufficient.
General Travel
Feb 21 2017 (21:14)   12039/Kathgodam - New Delhi Shatabdi Express

dearmonu   18 blog posts
Entry# 2173488            Tags   Past Edits
Can anyone please confirm do they provide snacks and dinner in return from kathgodam to new Delhi??
Charges they took in tickets

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Feb 21 2017 (23:20)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
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i traveled in this train recently. Snacks/coffee/tea served post HDW. Dinner post 7.30pm
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Feb 21 2017 (15:01)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Zahaib, expecting charging points in each bay for Kaveri is over-expectation of the highest order :) It will among the bottom 10 trains as far as better facilities are concerned. Try taking 12603/04/22649/50 and your experience will be even worse as you will see 15+ year old coaches with torn berths etc.

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Feb 03 2017 (22:46)
WELCOME JBP ET OHE OMG 😲 AGAIN~   10935 blog posts   14 correct pred (47% accurate)
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हज 😘

Feb 03 2017 (22:59)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
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at BNC/Bengaluru Cantt. (Bangalore)
Departed and Xed with Shatabdi-BZA WAP4.

Feb 03 2017 (23:08)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
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at BYPL/Baiyyappanahalli
MPS blast. Boy i have been waiting for this for 1.5 months now..

Feb 04 2017 (05:47)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Arrived MAS at 04.40

Feb 04 2017 (09:00)
The pride of VM TPJ Main Line goes LHB^~   8916 blog posts   10049 correct pred (85% accurate)
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A superb run after a long time.
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Feb 03 2017 (13:24)
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Jan 31 2017 (21:41)   16557/Mysuru - KSR Bengaluru Rajya Rani Express | S/Shrirangapattana (1 PFs)

amit singh ™ ♥♪ ♫♥*^~   5056 blog posts   3453 correct pred (75% accurate)
Entry# 2147267            Tags   Past Edits
Colorful RajyaRani Express At Shrirangapattana The RIVER ISLAND!!
Video Link: click here
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Doubling work and electrification is in full swing here. This was captured in Oct 2016.
/ Mysuru - KSR Bengaluru Rajya Rani Express.
The entire town is enclosed by the river Kaveri to form a river island.
While the main river flows on the eastern side of the island, the Paschima Vaahini segment of the same river flows to its west.

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Jan 31 2017 (22:32)
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Good to see poles and also wires near shrirangapattana. But situation on electrification is bad near Mys station. Hopefully can see electric loco at MYS in Apr/May.
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Jan 30 2017 (18:47)  

12658 Chennai Mail*^~   8842 blog posts   22077 correct pred (65% accurate)
Entry# 2146000            Tags   Past Edits
Since no charts are pasted in coaches, how to know d berth details incase of FC / 1A ( whether LB or UB )?

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Jan 30 2017 (18:59)
Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58~   2771 blog posts   271 correct pred (65% accurate)
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FYI, SBC/YPR stations have stopped pasting charts in most trains. Very few trains are having charts....

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Rail BudgetSWR/South Western  -  
Jan 27 2017 (09:11)   Bangalore Railway Division comes out with a wishlist for Centre

karbang   49 news posts
Entry# 2141873   News Entry# 292362         Tags   Past Edits
BENGALURU: With less than a week to go for the first Railway budget in 92 years to be merged with the General Budget, the Bangalore Railway Division has sent across its wishlist to the Centre for inclusion in the Pink Book (the official register of the Indian Railways).
Chief among the demands are a train connecting Hubballi with Mysuru via Bengaluru, three doubling projects and increased allocation for passenger amenities.
Speaking to Express on the doubling projects, Ashok Gupta, Chief Administrative Officer, Constructions, South Western Railway, said, “The doubling of the
existing line between Yeshwantpur and Baiyappanahalli via Hebbal will help us run more trains along this busy stretch. The 22-km line will require funding of Rs 170 crore.”
Another doubling line between Baiyappanahalli and Hosur that will cost Rs 375 crore has also been requested.
“This will be a 48-km line and will immensely help passengers commuting between the two cities regularly,” Gupta added. A 41-km second line between Penukonda and Dharmavaram via Nagasundaram that will cost Rs 294 crore has also been sought, he said.
Sanjiv Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Railway Division, said, “To decongest the packed Chamundi Express that leaves from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) station in the evenings, we have requested a day train that would connect Hubballi to Mysuru via Bengaluru. It is expected to be sanctioned.”
When asked if any more new trains were sought, the DRM said, “It is not possible to run more trains as we have already reached a saturation point. Hence, we have not requested for more.”
The Division has also sought funding to upgrade Platform 5 and 6 of the Banaswadi station and carry on yard-related work. “The platforms are very small and this is posing a problem to trains coming from Kolar. We need Rs 11 crore for it but even if Rs 3 toRs 4 crore is released, we can begin work on it,” he said.
Agarwal also said that Bengaluru was hoping to get more funding to improve passenger amenities across its Division. “We received very less for it in the previous budget and could not carry out many improvements,” he added.
The South Western Railway Zone (Bengaluru, Hubballi and Mysuru Railway Divisions) as a whole received only Rs 33 crore for passenger amenities in the 2016-17 Railway Budget whereas, it had received nearly Rs 90 crore in the 2015-16 budget, pointed out a top railway official. “We are hoping for Rs 100 crore for the SWR Zone for passenger amenities alone so that Bengaluru gets at least Rs 30 to Rs 40 crore allocated out of it,” he said.
Asked about what tops the amenity, the official said KSR, Cantonment, Yeshwantpur and Krishnajapuram stations require digital passenger information boards.

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Jan 27 2017 (21:10)
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infact YPR-HSRA should be electrified as well so that MEMUs can be used as part of the suburban rail project.

Jan 27 2017 (21:25)
MCPNBR~   1949 blog posts   101 correct pred (88% accurate)
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Looks like Rly is not interested in this route.

Jan 27 2017 (21:30)
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Most of Kerala bound trains can be re-routed via HSRA-SA route if the route is doubled and electrified. But as always, SWR is least interested in doubling of important routes.

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