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Best season to take 58501 Visakhapatnam - Kirandul Passenger with vistadome coach from Vizag to Aruku you will witness lust green forest with welcoming monsoon rains and waterfalls.
Surrounded under the shade of silver oak, pine and eucalyptus trees while going to Aruku valley.
Going aruku by train will be a memorable experience in your life.

  
Is there any difference in the view from the left side of the train and the right side (from scenery point of view)?

  
Nice

  
Lust green forests? Really??😳😳

  
if you want to see other side seats can rotate upto 180 degrees. after crossing Shrungavarapukota you will see lust green forests.
Seating on the Right side of the train while going to aruku you can enjoy beautiful or better view.
  
A stint with the Taj Express | My Encounter with WAP5 ( Part-1 )
Date:22 September 2018.
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Well, a trip to NDLS will surely make a railfan excited especially the one from the South who can have a feel of the elusive(for us) WAP5. I was sure that I would get to ride behind a GZB WAP7. But little did I know that I would be blessed to have a P5 in front of my train impatient to set the tracks on fire.
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It all started with an overcast morning with a light shower in Delhi. It was already past 6 when we started to NDLS station. It was around 6:25 AM when we reached the station only to find that our train would leave from PF.No.13. We had only 20 mins left. Now the railfan in me became nervous,tensed or whatever. Now,this was the first time for me in a LHB 2S coach. So I had my own reasons for being tensed. What if I dont capture pics of the rake? What if I dont capture the loco? What if I dont capture the TB? So on and so forth...
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But time is not that cruel. We somehow made our way to PF.No.13. Taj Express was standing ready to take me to Agra and back to Delhi on the same day. Now without wasting a moment, I just boarded my coach, kept the luggage and hopped down and sprinted towards NZM end. Lo and behold! GZB WAP5 30120 with no P5 fonts was ready to move out with our train. For me, this nothing less than a lifetime achievement, a ride behind a P5,the first ride. After taking pics of the loco and TB, I once again rushed to my coach fearing that the P5 would leave me behind. My seat was drenched due to rain. Thanks to a newspaper, I was able to sit during my journey. On opening the window(that was a Herculean task), I saw a train, Taj's twin, the Shan-E-Punjab that departed bang on time after a whine by the 3 phase loco. The clocked ticked . At 6:45 AM sharp, Taj Express and Dehradun Shatabdi Express(led by a HOG WAP7) departed bang on time with both locos whining to compete with each other.
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After a series of overtakes and re-overtakes, the DDN Shatabdi left us behind out of sight. We were about to halt near Pragati Maidan when we got last minute clearance and we started with a jolt. And the GZB WAP5 whined. I was pleased by that awesome whinning. We crossed NZM CDO. The Chennai Rajdhani was resting there. GZB WAP5 30014 was ready to shunt Gatimaan Express to NZM. We arrived at NZM slightly delayed. Goa Express was standing on the adjacent platform. Now the coach was completely packed with people leaving no place empty except for the luggage rack(that was later used by 2 kids to lie down). The Thirukkural Express was ready to depart with AJJ P4. We soon left NZM only to be halted for some time before TKD. We then overtook an EMU at TKD that trolled us. The next halt was at FDB. A mother-son duo boarded here and their seats were encroached. Unable to get their seats even after showing the ticket, they squeezed through whatever space they could find and begin to search the TTE. They were determined to the core. And they indeed were successful in finding him and bringing him. After a warning from the TTE to the UR passengers,they got their seats. Post FDB, it was a non-stop run till MTJ outer. I was on the non-track side. So, I could not spot much trains. I was expecting the Taj to be looped so that I could record Gatimaan overtaking us at 160kmph but it didnt happen. But Gatimaan was catching up fast.
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We crawled through Bhuteshwar and stopped on the curve before MTJ. After a brief halt,we entered MTJ. We had a good 25 minute halt at MTJ. I wanted to capture overtake of Gatimaan but it was futile. There were people all over standing and sitting on the aisle side and near the door. I had to be contented by watching 30014 with Gatimaan overtaking us from my seat. Then Thirukkural overtook us. Finally, after the long halt, we pulled out of MTJ. And then it was all MPS run. The WAP5 went berserk tearing all wayside stations. And then it happened. We halted on the mainline at Runkuta. A freight led by WAG9 was on the loop. From nowhere, policemen and ticket inspectors turned up and shouted on the UR passengers and forced most of them to get down. Almost nearly 1000 UR people who were travelling in 2S coaches were made to detrain. A few of the standees managed to escape as they were in the middle of the coach and the train started moving thanks to the starter.
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It was a blistering non-stop run till Raja Ki Mandi. Finally at around 10:15 AM, we pulled into AGC. We got down and had tea as the weather was such contrast to the usual hot and dry weather. As I had a sip of tea, the Taj Express pulled out of AGC loaded with more passengers as before not even sparing toilets. The entire rake was uniform with LHB 2S coaches in lieu of general coaches making it difficult to differentiate between 2S and UR coaches
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Stay tuned for the return journey(Part-2).

2 Public Posts - Mon Oct 15, 2018

  
Nice report sir and happy that those 1000 UR passengers were literally thrown out of the reserved coaches.

  
But I found it difficult while returning. It was jampacked even worse than the morning.

  
Despite other trains being available, people still crowd this train. Don't expect the LHB coaches to be in good shape due to overloading.

  
LHB coaches were ok except that they were not clean.

  
Yesterday's link : GZB WAP5 30123
  
Breif Highlights of a Journey from Chennai Central to Krishnarajapuram, Bengaluru; on board the 17311 Chennai Vasco Express
Link - click here
It was no less than an adventure for me the day this journey had happened! I had to attend a meeting in far off #Chrompet, rushed back to my home by EMU, packed, repeated the same rush to #Chennai #Park, albeit with a friend this time, and thankfully, 2 local changeovers, plenty of brisk paces, cutting through the crowd walks and a fast paced navigation from pf11 to the stalls near pf3 later; I ended up in pf1 in front of my coach; with 2 water bottles, a bottle of Bovonto, a pack of biscuits and 15 mins to spare.
I was to board the 17311 Chennai #Vasco-da-gama Express from Chennai to #Krishnarajapuram. This train used to depart at 13:45 hrs earlier, taking a painful 6:30 hrs just to reach Krishnarajapuram & an hour and a half more to navigate through #Bengaluru suburbs and reach #Yeshvantpur. Now, I could be relieved that I lived in the southeast part of the city, and thus conveniently reach home at least an hour earlier than most of the passengers waiting to alight at Yeshvantpur. Presently this train's slot partner, Chennai #Hubballi Express has been speeded up & converted to a Superfast. Thus the benefit this train reaps - a good schedule between Chennai & Bengaluru.
Due to a slightly tired mind, I pretty much relaxed throughout the journey. And this journey features the bits n pieces i put together, just to keep on record, a journey compilation. It was a magnificent run to say the least, We departed Chennai Central at 15:00 hrs sharp, briskly accelerated and rushed past Suburbs to reach #Arakkonam an hour later. Back then the exit towards #Katpadi was still an S curve with speeds restricted to 30kmph even for non stop trains. The next 65 kms to Katpadi was a breeze of a run, with many intermediate halts of other popular intercity trains skipped at MPS. Under cloudy atmosphere, we pulled into Katpadi Jn. with minimal delay.
The next 84 kms to #Jolarpettai was sluggish to say the least, frequent start stops, slow runs, restrictions on speed etc. We took a leisurely 75 mins to do the stretch, and pulled into pf2 of Jolarpettai bang on time. It was an action packed stay there. We were on pf2. 22618 #Tirupati #KSR Bengaluru Intercity arrived & departed from pf1 in a few mins. The overtake was scheduled to happen. In the meantime, an overtake was happening in the opposite direction as well. #Salem Katpadi MEMU had pulled into pf3, while 12008 #Mysuru Chennai #Shatabdi express made a slow skip through pf4. Minutes after the Shatabdi passed, we too pulled out. Those who come to Jolarpettai, do try their Aloo Cabbage #Samosa, sold by platform vendors. It is usually oily, a total no from health freaks, but for the once in a blue moon occasion, it should do no harm for your tummy.
The twilight run in the ghats was uneventful, we breezed through #Kuppam once we came out of it. After a quick stop at #Bangarpet, we entered a section of uninterrupted MPS run all the way to the outer of Krishnarajapuram Station. The AJJ WAP1 heading us barreled ahead at MPS, trailing the Tirupati Intercity as closely as possible. High rise buildings began appearing closer to the tracks as we crossed #Whitefield. It was time for me to get my bags and move to the door. The advantage of this train compared to the #Lalbagh Express & Chennai Bengaluru express - it can accommodate only 72 reserved passengers per coach; lesser competition to deal with while making one's way to the door. In fact i even acted as a guide for some people at the door, unsure of where they should get down to reach their area; thus gleefully claiming my authority over the door.
We literally cruised into pf4 of Krishnarajapuram, at 20:15 hrs; just delayed by 7 mins. Going by timings (mentioned in the end of the video); this train and its slot partner feature in the top 5 quickest trains to Krishnarajapuram from Chennai. Do give it a try, less halts, less crowd, it is a peaceful journey.
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From my previous trip back home.
1. As expected, train is excellent in cleanliness. You can always observe cleaning staff running here and there.
2. Considering punctuality no doubt, early arrival at most of stations. What I feel is this can really be sped up by over one or two hours. We did arrive NKJ almost early by one hour. Maybe this should instead share time slot with SRC Pune till BSP, instead of trailing Mail all along.
3. Food services, certainly not so good as no pantry available, but you can always find vendors getting in for beverages and snacks.
4. Fitted with bio-toilets with instructions in braille, the washroom has a special baby protection seat.
5. There are charging points for everybody, one excellent step by IR. Also, there exist side-lamps (alike 2AC), however, they didn't function.
Overall, it was a 'Not so special Journey', as no major facility exists. Could find nothing much distinct in Humsafar. Wonder what is such a high and dynamic fare charged for.

  
I am trying to upload certain video clips (mp4), however every time they get converted into sound clips. Can somebody help with this?

  
Mp4 not allowed .
only you tube link can be uploaded

  
This is awful.
Anyways thanks for the info.
  
Railway's simply looting people's hard earned money
1) 17243 Guntur - Rayagada Express
taking 14h 50mins with 38 halts for distance 536km having Avg Speed of 36 km/hr Express but still running with passenger speed atleast it can do 45 or 50 km/hr
2) another slow 17239 Simhadri passenger Express taking 10h 20mins with 25 halts for distance 382km having Avg Speed of 36 km/hr it can be speeded upto 50 or 53 km/hr
3) 22820 Visakhapatnam - Bhubaneswar SF Passenger InterCity Express
taking 7h 55mins with 25 halts for distance 444 km having Avg Speed of 56 km/hr. Ridiculous TT in both directions under SUPERFAST tag running with old coach's even vskp- rgda passenger got new CBC rake Safety is at stake this can do 62 km/hr easily.
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