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The newly constructed PF8 of MUV...this shows the PF was opened in a hurry, without even completing the basic works like floor construction, huge risk for accident n injuries....there wasn't any announcements on PF8 as speakers are not installed
PF 4/5: only the two retaining walls are constructed and JCB is spreading soil between them
PF 6/7: under construction no trains are being taken there
Electrification update: only PF1 and adjoining main line electrified.....OHE poles are being placed on other PFs.....still long way to go for e2e of 12559/60 & 12581/82.....I think this haste was due to pressure to start T18

Apne CRS specil click nhi ki kya

Nope....I was at MUV yesterday
Mumbai trip part 1 :- /blog/post/4164073
mumbai trip part 2 :- /blog/post/4169027
mumbai trip part 3 :- /blog/post/4173172
mumbai trip part 4 :- /blog/post/4182014
mumbai trip part 5 :- /blog/post/4191607
Mumbai Suburban Trip in One Day Part: - 6
Train: - 16 - 98206 Panvel-CSMT Slow.
From:-NEU to CSMT.
Train:-17 - 91249 Churchgate-Bhayander Semi Fast.
From:-CCG to GMN

The last part of the trip, after completing the kharkopar ride, we reached nerul waiting for your csmt local. We bid farewell to Sameer who had come to accompany us from Panvel to kharkopar. Our csmt bound local came nerul at 21:35; we all were almost tired and hungry , travelling nonstop almost covering each part of the mumbai. we removed snacks from our bags and started eating , I was very much tired so I doze off for some while , while others were busy in their social media and himanshu busy in noting down each stuff. Just before reaching tilaknagar rajesh woke me up to say bye as he was getting off at kurla, he was the one who joined last and one who was going to get home first , we reached kurla at 22:05 , Bidding farewell to rajesh we all started our nearly last leg of the journey, we were halted at wadala outer for few minutes, saw bandra bound local acceleration towards king circle. After departing from wadala , there were only 4 of us left in the first class coach , so parth from nowhere started saying shayari , we enjoyed his shayari and got our mood fresh. After departing from dockyard road we went on the door to enjoy the cold breeze, Took the pic of the moon with scattered clouds

There was Deccan odddesy rake stating in the yard , after departing from sandusrt road there was some train with wdp4d who was coming , couldn't see the road number of the loco. As kasara fast was obstructing the view. There were 2 brand new wdp4d in CST platform waiting for their duty. We entered CST at 22:33

The old clock at CSMT Our train at CSMT
After Exiting from CSMT , as it was eve of Christmas , the BMC hq and the CST had been lighten up with the lights , so we went to the viewing galley to take the pic of the CSMT , here is the full pic of CSMT on eve of Christmas ( 25th December 2018 )

After taking the picture, we were getting late to catch the last train of the trip, so we hurried up and got a cab for CCG, it took almost 10 mins to reach CCG, Virar fast departed from pf:-4 as soon as we reached the station, we went towards the food counter on the south end of the platform , we bought snacks and in that much time , AC local entered the CCG platform , we were amaze to see the Ac local entering ccg at this time, AC local had completed its one year of service on 25th December 2018 , and AC local doesn’t run on a public holiday. So that might for Motor men training purpose

After 10 mins AC local departed for the BCT yard. We were waiting at platform:-3 waiting for our BHY (f) as Sahil had to go up to bhayander
Our local arrived at platform at 11:05, we boarded the train, took the window seat. And felt relax as it was the last train of the day, going back to home finishing the whole suburban section in entire one day, we just missed the TNA - CSMT stretch. We reached Bct at 23:22 , the was a bunch of public waiting to get on-board , half the coach got full from Mumbai central, BRC sf express was standing on pf:-2 , Brc hog wap7 30472 was hauling it . Later superb acceleration between Mumbai central & dadar, Brc wap 22921 with dadar – bhuj waiting in yard, there was a huge crowd from dadar to board the local. Even the Fc coach got full; we still had 35 mins left for the validity of our ticket left. After departing from dadar we took selfie and started discussing about our next plan, as Railfan never like to stop exploring new route. We reached bandra at 23:35 & departed at 23:37, after departing from santarcuz we had a parallel run with 22901 BDTS – UDZ express, we overtook the train at vile parle outer, train was hauled by BRC wap5 30099. We reached Andheri at 23:45, 22901 were skipping Andheri at 50 km/hr speed, and we were given a cross over to slow line. AS Rjt duronto was just behind us, after getting to the slow line, and just within few minute , Brc wap5 30045 was with RJT duronto it had parallel overtaken 22901 . Reached jos at 23:46, we skip ram mandir at a decent speed around 70 km/hr as it was fully open route. Reached Goregaon at 23:51 sharp. And ended my journey and all others switched over to second class and they already had daily travel pass. It was really a day when we traveled the whole Mumbai section within just one day straight. Starting from 1st train in morning till the second last train in night.

If we had bought the tourist ticket we had to pay more than 2,000 for the first class ticket travel. But in tourist ticket it just coasted us 275 rupees .
The plan was made by me, modified by himanshu, Picture credits to Parth, Sahil. All the trains details, service number noted by himanshu, I would like to thanks all four (Himanshu, Rajesh, Sahil, Parth) of them to accompany me in my trip and make it possible.

Thanks for reading, will be back with another trip report soon
Udit Mehta.

Saras che..

Thank you 😊
In a quick 2 Day trip to #Shirdi, a Close friend and I decided to add a couple of routes to our IR mileage. So it was decided that, instead of returning home the usual way, we would take a train to #Hyderabad, which went via #Aurangabad, #Parbhani, #Parli #Vaijnath and #Bidar.
The 17001 Sainagar Shirdi - #Secunderabad Express is a bi-weekly train which departs Shirdi on Saturdays & Mondays to arrive Secunderabad on Sundays & Tuesdays. It has RSA with 17017/8 Secunderabad - #Rajkot Tri-weekly Express. We boarded this train on the evening of November 24th. After a sedate run till #Kopargaon, we made up with a brisk run till #Manmad Outer. A slow and sluggish entry into pf6 was lightened up by a jubilant skip of Manmad by the 22121 #Mumbai LTT #Lucknow AC SF. Our dinner arrived here, ordered through the Travelkhana app. It was a bit of an injustice to call it a mixed veg subji, for it had nothing more than Cauliflower and Capsicum.
I called it a day after we left from #Nagarsol. The next morning I woke up, got down from my Upper Berth and freshened up, just as we were nearing #Vikarabad Jn. A Cup of tea at Vikarabad put me in the mood for the day. After a long halt, we swept across the rest of the stretch pretty effortlessly, before being put to Loop in Hafizpet, for the imminent overtake by the 12213 #Duronto Express bound for #Delhi Sarai Rohilla. If not for Hafizpet, we couldn't have been overtaken anywhere else, for there was no more loop all the way till Secunderabad, where the Duronto was supposed to reach ahead of us.
We reached #Begumpet with some marginal delay, and it was an enjoyable run, in a well maintained train. Would recommend this to all.
I happened to travel in this train, on 7th Oct 2018 - after a long, long time - between SBC and BGM - This time around in SL class as tickets in other classes were in WL when I booked.
My observations -
Same old story - Not much food options available on this train - as mentioned in my earlier train tip here: /blog/post/1332596
However, at about 05:30 hrs - Super hot Idlys + Vadas with Chutney was available at UBL Jn station. I took one plate for myself. And I relished it. Some other passengers were watching me as if I was hungry for a long time - and yes, I was indeed. As we approached Desur near Belagavi (BGM) the train was halted for no reason - I mean no reason for a common passenger - but there could be some better reasons as per IR standards. Finally alighted at BGM at 09:05 hrs.
And we had a big scene at / just past midnight - soon after crossing ASK Jn - A lady with a teenage daughter (heading to GPB) started waking up my wife who was fast asleep on berth # 64 (SU) and also the guy on #59 (UB) and I was seated (yes seated and not asleep - as I do not like to sleep in SL classes due to my Laptop just besides me) at #63 just below. They argued that they had confirmed tickets from ASK to GPB and that those seats / berths were theirs. I did not give way - but the guy on #59 climbed down and made way for the teenage girl. But I had seen this guy paying some amount to the TT at TK and got this berth #59 reserved for himself.
I told this guy to go and fetch the TT - he did after a few minutes - the TT asked the lady to show her ticket and she did - and the TT asked her as to what date is showing up on her mobile phone right now? It was 8th Oct 2018 and her ticket was booked for 7th Oct 2018. But she argued with the TT for almost 30 mins - saying that she had traveled from GPB to ASK for a marriage and that she had reached ASK the same day morning - She was referring to 7th Oct 2018 morning - and that she had asked the booking clerk at GPB to book her return tickets for same train on same day night - but pity that the train from ASK just departs 5 minutes past midnight and that the date changes sharp at 00:00:01 hrs. So, finally she had to move out of the coach, as she had tickets for 7th Oct and it was now - at that time - 8th Oct 2018.
So we all, I mean almost all passengers on berths #49 to #72 had some anxious moments - listening to the arguments of the TT and the LADY bound to GPB - She and her daughter - later went towards - S9 - and that's the end of their story.
So is it worth travelling in SL class of late or not - that is the question.
This video describes in short one of my favorite moments of the Journey in the 22993 Bandra (T) Mahuva SF Express. We had anticipated the 3 overtakes and it was specifically the reason why we took this train.
Enjoy the triple Overtake and Shatabdi Crossing.
Watch the Full Journey here - click here
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