So , now the criteria for priority is new/old status and no. of passengers ? I always thought if I pay for a Rajdhani/Shatabdi, I would get the service as per tag of the train and fare paid. This seems to be a new zonal policy by SER.
Not a new but a old good satisfying one. PURI and BBS premiums is given the exact priority as required. All the old trains have been given higher priority boosting their punctuality which was a major issue till 2016. They carry a huge amount of rush and railway has done what they are entitled to.
Dec 29 2016 (12:09PM) Station Tag: Howrah Junction/HWH added by Lucknow Metro~/1453304
Dec 29 2016 (12:09PM) Train Tag: Kumbha Express/12369 added by Lucknow Metro~/1453304
Journey from KGP to LKO via HWH Date of Journey:30 Nov 2016 I boarded PRR-HWH Exp from KGP. It was running 15 mins late. Got a nice window seat to myself[had it reserved]. The train flew by the intermediate stations before being trolled in the SRC HWH stretch[PS > KGP also has WiFi by Railwire now]. Reached HWH 30 mins late at 1145 hrs On... more...
reaching HWH had a nice meal at KFC. My train Kumbha Exp was running 2 hrs late[RT is 1300 hrs]. I thought of checking into the cloak room but it took much time. Decided to wait in the upper class waiting room[it wasn’t that great. The anenties are avg, no AC was working, you do get a nice view of HWH bridge though]. Back to the PF at 1500 hrs[my train was scheduled to depart at 1600 hrs now]. Saw a Shatabdi[NJP one I guess]. HWH has a pathetic wifi system[the old 30 mins one, didn’t even work correctly]. Finally my train arrived. I had a Window seat in 3A but someone else[she had the middle berth] was occupying the window seat. I had to show my god damn ticket to claim my seat. Eitherways the train started running with only a brief unscheduled stop between HWH and ASN. At ASN, 12301 OT us via the adjacent PF. I was feeling sleepy so went to sleep. Woke up at 0030 hrs to see my train entering PNBE.Went back to sleep before waking at 0700 hrs to find ourselves in the MGS-BSB stretch. Went back to sleep. Woke up to find myself in the dense fog at Jaunpur. Went back to sleep. Woke at 1030 hrs when train was few km behind Sultanpur. Did footplating then for the next 3 hrs upto LKO. Xing with Begumpura at Nihalgarh. LKO outers trolled us for 30+ minutes. Reached LKO at 1445 hrs with a delay of ~7 hrs. Photos shall be uploaded soon. Edit:Photos are up. I would have uploaded them in a single thread but IRI on mobile kinda sucks in terms of stability.