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Further two points on Udupi station in addition to the points given in my station tips given on 22nd February 18.
(1) There is a small but clean waiting room at Udupi rail station. Its' capacity is only 14 and must have been designed in the late 1990s when KR was still a kid. There are two toilets for men and women. The mens toilet was very clean. It was a western style toilet with a hygiene faucet. Any one irrespective of their ticketing class can use the waiting room
(2) For hard core KR fans, you may like to discover a ''stone'' on Platform 1 which says '' First engine arrived at Udupi Railway station on 4th January 1993''. It must have been an exciting day for the KR staff and the citizens of Udupi. It is nice that someone was clever enough to decide on having a commemorative stone on this historic day
Travellers of 12678 opting for connections (especially at SBC end), do note that this train on an average arrives atleast 1 hr to 1:30 hrs after Scheduled arrival (that is, around 9 PM or later). Therefore, trains like 16589 and Rajasthan bound weeklies are not recommended as connections.. even 12649 will be a tight connection.. only on Sundays it reaches SBC with minimal delay.

This train has one of the worst punctuality record over the last 2 years.. Travelled various times and the earliest arrival has been 8:20 PM.. known to arrive after 10 PM also to SBC.. hence travellers with connection plan accordingly.. The pairing train 12677 has a far better punctuality record though..
This tip is for the Gaya Passengers travelling from Howrah. Don't hesitate to book tickets upto PQWL100 if your journey is 10 days later. Tickets upto PQWL100 gets easily CONFIRMED within 10 days.

Kyoki bahut saare tickets DHN, GAYA se book hote hain toh easy cnf ho hi jayega even 12801 mera friend ka ticket cnf ho gaya tha BKSC se AUBR tak ka jo ki WL 190 ke karib tha!
Bhai Etawah taak NDLS se Poorva mein toh WL205 clear hota hain
Mera ajeeb experience tha morning me ticket book kiye the taaki Sleeper me jaa sake mera friend wl ticket ke saath lekin jaisi hi shaam ne chart bani waise hi confirm ho gayi😁
Gaya Passengers mean Howrah to Gaya travellers or Gaya to Mumbai passengers ?
Ya. You have given a nice suggestion. Thanks. Will edit it. It's Howrah to Gaya
Ballygunge Jn is my home station. Though it doesn't have any Mail/Exp trains still I am adding a Station Tip of the station. It is located on SDAH South Section. From here 1 line proceeds towards Sonarpur and another towards Budge Budge on the down side. On the Up line is Sealdah. You can even get direct EMU service to Sealdah Main line which bypasses SDAH by using chord line route via PQS-SGBA-KGK-BNXR i.e you can directly get trains for Naihati which bypasses SDAH and you don't have to change train at SDAH. Gariahat a famous Market Shopping hub of Kolkata is only few minutes walking distance away from Ballygunge station. You will get AC Buses/Normal Buses to Airport/Howrah and to nearest Metro Railway station which is Kalighat.The fare of AC Buses from Ballygunge Jn to Howrah Jn is ₹30(Ashok Leyland/Tata Services)/₹35(Volvo).For Airport ₹50 or ₹55. The famous Kalighat temple of Kolkata is near the Metro station. You can avail Taxis/Autos/Buses for New Market another shopping hub in Kolkata as well. Tram Depot of Ballygunge is just located outside Ballygunge Jn station. So in a nutshell you will every type of transportion to anywhere in the city from Ballygunge Jn.
This train is very infamous for not clearing WL tickets.
Its my own experience after 2 journeys.
So try to avoid WL tickets in this train.
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