The Bombay-Bangalore Sf is the present day CBE-LTT express. It started as a superfast between Kurla and SBC. In the mid 90's several superfasts in this route were converted to normal express trains as they used to be heavily delayed. The Minar express (present day KonarK), Netravati etc were some that got downgraded. Kurla-SBC was also made a normal express train, and was extended to CBE later.
The Hyderabad-Bidar train ran for a short time as an express, sir. It was called the 'Manjira express'. After the gauge conversion of Parli-Parbhani and Parbhani-Purna, it was converted to a passenger and extended to Purna. I vaguely remember it as being the Hyderabad-Aurangabad passenger around 1996 (We had traveled by it to go to Shirdi), but the timings closely match the present day Hyderabad-Purna passenger. Since that route was freshly converted to BG, I guess the train might have had a couple of operational changes before settling down as the Purna passenger.
After long time Udyan with double engine.. :D Pune DLS WDM 3A Twins hauling Udyan Express at Solapur Decade ago KJM twins used to haul Udyan from Solapur to Bangalore with 4 slip coaches. Udyan reached Solapur 15 mins before time and I reached station exactly on time. So not able to clicked from front side.. :(
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Hi railfans from Mumbai I am planning a journey from SBC to CSTM in Udyan Express on 24-August and reaching the next evening. It's Ganesh Chaturthi on that day. So would it be safe to travel to Mumbai on that day keeping in mind the rush that would be there. Few points: -> I have NEVER EVER been to Mumbai and don't know anything about that city. ->... more...
I would be returning back to SBC on Sunday early morning flight. -> I would not want to get into any trouble. Are there any good (cheap) hotels near CSTM? Or retiring rooms? Please guide. I need to book my ticket. Thanks in advance.
try to book retiring room, if possible, as the area around CST is quite expensive. the whole thing, as such, is safe, but the crowds are immense, absolutely immense. traveling back won't be a problem, Mumbai's police and traffic police, along with Mumbaikar's in general go out of the way to help regulate the situation.
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