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16201/KSR Bengaluru - Shivamogga Town InterCity Express
ಕ್ರಾಸಂರಾ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು - ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ ಟೌನ್ ಇಂಟರ್ಸಿಟಿ ಎಕ್ಸ್‌ಪ್ರೆಸ್     क्रा सं रा बेंगलुरु-शिवमोगा टाउन इंटरसिटी एक्सप्रेस

SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore) --> SMET/Shivamogga Town (Shimoga)

Updated: Sep 30 2016 (19:54) by system
Sep 30 2016 (19:54)

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Mar 12 2017 (01:50)   16202/Shivamogga Town - KSR Bengaluru InterCity Express

Mohammad Salman   1 blog posts
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Hi, I'm Mohammed Salman.. I'm daily travelling from tumkur to bangalore in 16202/Shivamogga InterCity since 4 months ... on 09/04...was the time in history.. The train was on time to sbc/bangalore @11.57am...all my colleagues are shocked that I came office in time.... I was proud of irctc for one day of my whole 4 month travel... Irctc is the best railway system to follow punctuality...
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Feb 13 2017 (11:05)   16201/KSR Bengaluru - Shivamogga Town InterCity Express | CMGR/Chikkamagaluru (3 PFs)

Vijay Aditya   5 blog posts
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It was a calm Saturday morning when my blissful sleep came to a sudden end at 10:40AM, there was a weird loud noise accompanied by vigorous vibration of various
parts of my bed. I woke up startled, my semi conscious mind unable to figure out the source, turns out it was our admin hero of the lands beyond lottegollahalli, Tejas, calling me to ensure I wake up in time to book tickets in Tatkal. It was ancient history to me that I had promised him the day earlier, that i would indeed wake up on time and book them in time. These were for our next day return trip from Bhadravati in 16580 SMET-YPR Tri-Weekly Express. It also hit me that we were to depart in a few hours onboard 16201 SBC-SMET Express to Chikmaglur and i was barely in the position to open my eyes fully.
Tejas however didn't know that I just woke up to his phone call, so he was duly informed that i was up since morning and the tickets would be taken care of, feigning complete nonchalance. After all, I didn't want my reputation of being punctual, stickler to trips committed and completely dependable be dented. After a series of phone calls and trying to book tickets in parallel, we finally got confirmed reserved tickets for the next day(I have never really imagined the tri-weekly would go into such long WL forcing us to book CK, but then weekend it was).The two other members joining us were also the lone voyagers of lottegollahalli, my very old unpredictable regular travel partner Shashank Bhat and subbu, a dear friend to all of us.
There are quite a lot of destinations mentioned like Chikmaglur, Shimoga and Bhadrvathi in what i wrote above so in case you are wondering where this trip was to, then i'd ike to say to explore the Chikmaglur-Kadur line. But like things have always been when a combination of any four of us or all go on a trip, it was an absolute maze of the weirdest of situations which made the next 36 hours turn out different in entirety. Delayed trains, broken brains, lazy legs, sheer madness and of course quite a lot of green chickpea along with their plants.
Do keep watching this space for a detailed trip report and be a part of the railfanning escapades and them class while i would try to recollect details and put them into words :)

1 posts - Mon Feb 13, 2017

Feb 13 2017 (17:36)
Vijay Aditya   5 blog posts
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The train was unusually full, well i can't really say unusually or not, but in a 2S coach, there were atleast 30 people standing apart from the reserved ones all the way till Arsikere. Once we departed Tumkur, movement was very slow with stops every 15-20 minutes to give way to trains ranging from Superfasts to Passengers. We had originally intended to alight at Kadur, the scheduled arrival being 18:54 and take the connecting train(Shimoga Town-Chikmaglur Passenger) to Chikmaglur at 2010. Assuming a delay of even 40 minutes, this seemed like
a totally viable plan.
We were looped at Karadi and made to wait quite a long time to let what appeared like Tatanagar-YPR express to pass. With hope still alive and spirits all high, we got back into the train hoping we would still be able to make it. SMET-YPR express was waiting for our train at Tiptur and we were making great progress after that, Arsikere was only 25kms from here, On time Performance is assured is what we thought not being able to predict the events of the next one hour.
After departure from Tiptur, we were making good time till we were looped into platform 3 of Honnavalli Road. With a lazy stretch, all of us got out of the train to either click some pictures, find some local vendors and get some food and the likes. A crossing was inevitable, and no sooner than the opposite mainline aspect turned green, the dutiful railfans headed to that end of the platform to have do some investigations on the train approaching. Minutes later, Chalukya Express Zoomed past at a rather sedate pace owing to some TSR ahead. Anyway, we were set to leave now that the crossing was over, right? Wrong!
It was dark already and the vehicle lights from the mainroad after the station were clearly visible, the level crossing gate had been opened. This meant we are not going anywhere and are to give way to another train at the same station, double crossing for an already delayed intercity express, we were certainly not pleased. Soon enough, the aspect of the mainline MACL turned green again for what we thought would be Janshatabdi, cursing the train. In few minutes, which appeared like hours, Karwar-YPR triweekly express made an appearance and went past us in a slow pace, almost mocking the intercity express.
Our train, SMET intercity was already quite badly trolled with two crossings at the same station. But finally the wait was over and we were good to go, oh how wrong we were!!
The LC gate opened again and we threw our arms in the air in despair, i was wondering how the reaction would be from a certain railfan from the same base very renowned for his exaggerated reactions to anything imaginable. Its been about 30 minutes since we have been looped at honavalli road when the MACL on the mainline turned green yet again, this time bringing in UBL-SBC Jan shatabdi, the delay now more than 90 minutes. We were supposed to take the passenger from Kadur to chiikmaglur at 2010, but having spent the last 45 odd minutes at the same location, it was 2000 already crushing all hopes.
What followed was a non stop run to Arsikere and the fastest run in the whole trip between Arsikere and Kadur, it was about 2100, YPR-CMGR passenger was trailing us somewhere not much behind. However, reaching Chikmaglur station around 2300, a station located outside the city and looking for accomodation options didnt seem that appealing. Altough we did at a point considering spending the night at the station.
So Kadur it was, for the night, to head to Chikmaglur early next morning..Exploring that route in the morning was something which kept us all going(Apart from one or two other edible things) although we were all clearly tired.

Feb 13 2017 (20:11)
Dinesh Gada   674 blog posts   4 correct pred (44% accurate)
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Eagerly waiting for next episode. :)

Feb 13 2017 (20:12)
ಅಶೋಕ್ अशोक Ashok*^~   18301 blog posts   38072 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Nice to see you back with memorable trip diaries...keep going :)

Feb 13 2017 (20:19)
Vijay Aditya   5 blog posts
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Thanks ashok anna, been ages since I wrote anything,means a lot :)

Feb 14 2017 (17:49)
Tejas*^~   6565 blog posts   4341 correct pred (64% accurate)
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Part IV.
Taking from where the author of the previous posts has left, the gang of 4 stayed put at a hotel few hundred meters from the Railway station. A detailed tip would be placed under the station tip but its worth mentioning here that about 6 budget to luxury hotels/ lodges, few eateries and the town bus stand are all located within a 100 meters of each other. And so we hardly faced a problem that night, or the next morning. The next morning we were to take a 6 am bus and make a dash to Chikmagalur, about 45 kms away so as to comfortably take the CMGR-YPR pass back to the plains. A 'spirited' previous night notwithstanding,
we took a Karnataka Sarige bus at 6.15 am. 75 mins later, we were at the brand new CMGR station located slightly on the outskirts of the city. Very clean like most SWR stations, the station is powered by electricity powered by mini windmills stationed beside the PFs. That was a first for me. Our train was on PF2 ( 3 PFs in toto) waiting to be pulled by an alco from the ED shed. The train was about 50% filled and we decided to take the last but one coach so as to get a vantage view of the 'curves'. Railfans or otherwise, we guys always look for curves, dont we? :) As luck had it, we were the only occupants of the coach! At 7.40 sharp, the ED WDM3A hooted and we were ready to go! I shall leave it to the primary author to go into the technica and finerl aspects of the 65 min long journey, while I harp on the pics I am attaching with this to explain how good the ride was. Any train ride thru the Malnad is always a treat to the eyes, and throw some hills, bridges, via-ducts and a thick green cover into the mix and it sure had to be one spl ride.
Over to Vijay.
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May 13 2017 (19:46)   16202/Shivamogga Town - KSR Bengaluru InterCity Express | SDVL/Soldevanahalli (3 PFs)

amit singh ™ ♥♪ ♫♥*^~   5212 blog posts   3455 correct pred (75% accurate)
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A Scary Moment At Railway Level Crossing!!
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Mar 20 2017 (11:36)   16202/Shivamogga Town - KSR Bengaluru InterCity Express | TK/Tumakuru (Tumkur) (4 PFs) | KJM/WDP-4D/40387

Santhosh Kumar N~   104 blog posts
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4B 40065 arrives, overtakes 4D PRATAP and provides me with an ultimate display of speed and epic LHF Honking !!
Turn up the volume and enjoy it !!

Mar 20 2017 (12:23)
gurudatharao   187 blog posts   4 correct pred (50% accurate)
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By the bye, what is the position of track doubling between Arsikere and Tumkur. Has the track been laid. As you travelled today, you can post the latest progress.
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Apr 05 2017 (15:09)   18111/Tatanagar - Yesvantpur Weekly Express (via Ballari) (PT) | GTL/Guntakal Junction (6 PFs) | KJM/WDM-3A/16585

LHB for TN Express~   1019 blog posts   183 correct pred (70% accurate)
Entry# 2223498            Tags   Past Edits
A NOTE TO ALL VIEWERS :- This is a post of a video; a Journey compilation; every tag in this post is appearing in the video, not tag is random, if anyone feels any tag is unnecessary, please do watch the video first and then point out errors if any. Thank you.
In a Quest for exploring new routes, two Railfans (my friend& I) end up in a deserted Guntakal Jn., as early as 04:55hrs. The Hampi Express from Mysore dropped us in pf2 at an hour to dawn amidst mild drizzles. Having scurried through on the shorter route from Kalluru Jn., we find ourselves at the divisional HQ station at same time as the delayed Nagercoil Mumbai express which is on
pf4. The Mumbai express takes a slightly longer route via Gooty Jn., and though it left KJM 35mins ahead of us, had managed to reach just 5mins before us. Surprisingly though, the Hampi express departs first after a quick crew change and the Mumbai express sashays out a few minutes later, both in their respective directions. A couple of hours rest is warranted, we move towards the retiring rooms, book ourselves a room for freshening up, the check out time is mentioned as 07:00hrs, and though we have less than 2hours for some rest, we take it. Meanwhile, the Kacheguda Yeshvantpur & Prasanthi expresses come, reverse and go. The next couple of hours sees a pretty busy Guntakal Jn., Passengers, express trains, freights, are all there. Then there is our train, taking a long& exhaustive route from Tatanagar to Yeshvantpur, connecting the Steel City with the Silicon Valley. If you guessed 18111, you guessed right. The route it takes is discouraging enough to make an end to end journey. The schedule is pretty relaxed& the train makes its way into pf3 at 07:30hrs, 20mins BT. The link for the day is KJM WDM3A twins, this train is known to get a variety of links. While the KJM twins are going about their reversal, we find our seats in S7 and occupy it till Bellary, from where we would switch to B3. Don't ask why, I didn't book the tickets. The train then progresses to towards the west, the barren landscape and the soothing wind is enough to refresh the mood, twin EMD hauled freights are all that one can see for a major part of this route, after diversion from Ballary, even that became rare. But a parting gift, Kingfisher liveried WDM3D twins from GY are spotted in Ballary, from where we venture into the route less taken, the Ballary Chitradurga Chikjajur section, so much so that most stations in this route have platforms designed for only 11-12 coach passenger trains. Our B3 being closer to the loco often went out of the platform in our halts. The wind turbine farms on the brownish landscape near Chitradurga are a sight worth admiring. We join the Hubli Bangalore mainlines at Chikajajur, from where the line is doubled till Arsikere. The KJM twins notch up& we are on our way. Being a Saturday, there are not many significant crossings till ASK, except the Katra bound Suvidha express. After ASK, we cross the Dharwad bound Siddhaganga Express& Chandigarh bound Sampark Kranti, both being looped as we rushed past. The stretch till Tumkur is undergoing doubling. At Tumkur there is a double crossing, the Chikkamagalur bound fast Passenger on pf3& the Shimoga Intercity which arrives on pf1. The last stretch to Bangalore is a known territory, the highway accompanies us for the major part of it. 18111 is the only train other than the newly introduced Intercity to Hassan; to have a halt at Chikkabanavara Jn. After a 2min halt, we amble along till YPR home, where we are held up for the Bagalkot bound Basava express to clear the line, and finally pull into pf4 at 18:03hrs, delayed by 8mins, completing a rather amusing between two termini in the same city; one which would hardly take 30mins by road, took 20hours by train.
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