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Blog Entry# 5695818
Posted: Apr 16 2023 (10:30)

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Apr 16 2023 (10:30)   15113/Gomti Nagar - Chhapra Kacheri Express | CPR/Chhapra Junction (5 PFs)
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TRAVEL REPORT [from Lucknow to Chhapra]

I decided to take the GTNR-CI train. This train once used to go to main Chhapra Jn but was later cut off to Chhapra Kaccheri. It was trimmed to Gomti Nagar too on Lucknow side. Due to this, this isn't the first choice for anyone. The main LJN-CPR via BSB and Farrukabad - Chhapra are better choices despite they taking equal time [former takes much more]. There are many better alternatives too like GWL-BJU for nighttime travel. Eithercase, the train I took has the advantage of
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last minute bookings since so few folks book. I took the LJN-BJU express to reach GTNR[ yes, I reached there very early]. Folks there were cursing the GTNR-PPTA train which hadn't reached it's destination yet and was running eight hours late.

Gomti Nagar station once used to be a halt station inaugurated over two decades ago with a single line/platform. It has six platforms now and multiple trains start from here now. Eitherways, our train started at right time at night. I had a SL berth. I initially kept the windows open but it soon became cold. I had to flick them off in a vain attempt to sleep. To make it worse, there was a couple travelling with a child who just didn't stop making noises. I slept at Gonda Jn only to wake up at Basti . Slept again but woke up again post GKP since someone had opened the aisle main door[ I had the first row seat so the wind was coming directly at me]. At this time, I knew sleep wasn't something I could do. Since it was still nighttime, I couldn't footplate, so decided to go and see how the AC coaches were doing. To my surprise, the singular Second AC coach was half empty. The SL berths didn't even have linings/bedsheets distributed meaning likely no one even used them. I was wondering why in that case, IR hadn't upgraded passengers. I came back to my seat and spent the time in half awake/sleep stupor. Latter during day, the coach attendant confirmed to me that Second AC had came half empty from Lucknow itself. All it had was RPF personnel and hardly any passengers left post Thawe.

I started footplating from my Sleeper coach post Thawe Jn where this train has a loco reversal. The train never hit much speed in this section but reached the destination on time. I boarded another train to cover the distance of two kms b/w this station and main Chhapra Jn. Attached are some images of CPR station.

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