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Why is there no stoppage at BYPL / KJM / WFD for Chennai bound passengers for this train? - particularly from East Bengaluru? Reaching BNC from areas in and around Marathahalli / K R Puram / Banaswadi / Whitefield etc will mean a de-tour for at least 30 mins to 1 hour or sometimes even more to BNC and again coming back to areas near one's residences to reach Chennai. If SWR / SR / IR along with the local authorities like BDA / BBMP can consider a stoppage at KJM or WFD, then this step will de-congest the already packed Bengaluru Roads. Hope people / NGOs / Rail Fans can put some pressure on the concerned authorities.
Apr 14 2017 (17:35) Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by 12658 Chennai Mail*^~/37462
Apr 14 2017 (17:35) Train Tag: KSR Bengaluru City - Chennai Central Mail/12658 added by 12658 Chennai Mail*^~/37462
Due to late arrival of pairing train (12628), Train No.: 12658 scheduled to depart at 2240 Hrs on 14.04.17, has been rescheduled to depart at 2330. Hrs same day Seems something happened between DD & KWV (12628)
Sincerely regret for not logged on to trip diary yesterday Started ftom Tiruvanmiyur after finishing dinner & reached MAS @ around 2145, well ahead of time Train was already was in PF 5 & my coach was A-2/46, UB on last row which was exchanged to A-1/46 & again to A-1/38 UB. Waited till TTE, told him swapped from A2, &... more...
showed my ID only. Arranged my bed, consisted of 1 Blanket, 1 pillow, 2 bed spreads Cooling was dam good, coach is of 13 made. I just spread d blanket & above blanket i covered one of bed spread as I'm allergic to blanket. I don't use pillow for head instead use for knee. D train started bang on time, since fan also was running I slept immediately it seems, don't know any stations crossed. Got up when d train was crossing DKN ( petrol smell) Reached SBC @ 0510 hrs on PF 3, after waiting at outer for about 2 minutes LL was RPM 7 , 30316 My next trip to MAS is on 18th instant Tx for reading
Apr 10 2017 (01:26) Much to my surprise, I'd registered them right and I recall them right from that stage of being half asleep
Apr 10 2017 (01:24) CBE bound Kurla had departed only at 23:20 and a twenty five minute head-start was just enough for it to take the diversion towards CRLM from BYPL so that we proceed through to KJM to skip it at MPS
1 compliments Good report of Sleep Killer
Had one of the most beautiful runs on Bangalore Mail last night with four other railfans. Having rescheduled for 23:40, starter was given bang at the rescheduled time. After a customary chain pulling, the train departed at 23:45. CBE bound Kurla had departed only at 23:20 and given that there was no incoming traffic, a twenty five minute head-start was just enough for it to take the diversion towards CRLM from BYPL so that we proceed through to KJM to skip it at MPS. A... more...
quick tea at BWT was dearly cherished as the train pulled in sharp at 00:48 and proceeded out within a couple of minutes. The idea was to smoothly squeeze in between Blue Mountain and Mangaluru Mail and that's precisely what happened. After sharp two hours of departure from source, it pulled into JTJ reminding me of 12028's run a couple of days ago. A cup of coffee it was, this time. It had been absolute MPS right from BWT to JTJ and so was it from JTJ to KPD. Against expectations of my fellow RF, TPTY Passenger was thrashed a tad early at Vaniyambadi instead of Gudiyattam. Pondy bound Chalukya led by 22660 was caught up at Katpadi which welcomed Mail as the clock ticked 02:50, 3 hours 5 minutes post departure from its source. More because I'd not slept in the last two days and less because I knew that the restrictions are going to tone the aggression down thereafter, I dozed off at Katpadi. (No beverages, hence) Perambur at 04:50 and MAS at 05:05 are the other details I was told in the middle of my sleep. Much to my surprise, I'd registered them right and I recall them from that stage of being half asleep. . The numbers: SBC: 23:45 1 hour 5 minutes late MAS: 05:05 20 minutes late 5 hours 20 minutes. 6 halts. Two mini halts of switching to fast line at TRL and Korattur lake slowdown. 67kmph.
Good report Also I want to point that It can easily arrive at 04.00 It has only been given 04.40 so that passengers complete sleep of atleast 5 hour But if it departs rescheduled then the purpose is defeated . Thanks
Feb 27 2017 (21:42) It was not really a planned journey as we had to make a sudden trip to Chennai for a personal work and return back in a day
Feb 27 2017 (20:56) By the team we reached BWT, we had almost caught up with HTE – BNC as the gap was hardly 20kms Thanks for reading
Feb 27 2017 (20:31) Station Tag: Chennai Central/MAS added by Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58/99387
Feb 27 2017 (20:31) Train Tag: Chennai Central - KSR Bengaluru City Mail/12657 added by Strongly against KJM halt for 12657 58/99387
3 compliments Great narration.. Indeed a lovely trip report. Awesome 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... more...
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.
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.
Its better late than never to read a trip report! Your report is short and crisp and at the same time each word penned shows how glorious is Mail and your love for it! :) Excellent travelogue. Today I am taking 7 Mail. Its my second trip in 12657 in 2017. Hoping for a wonderful run with BT arrivals.