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July 10, 2014


It has been almost four months since I had my motorbike shifted to Mumbai, which means that during this time travel by suburban (local, EMU) trains has dropped to an almost non-existent level. Previously, it was a fixed ritual while going to office: A five-minute walk to Matunga Road, interrupted by an occasional visit to […]

#100happytrains: Day 15

April 15, 2014


Madras-Guruvayoor-Madras Koodal Express A former metre gauge train that was a Mandovi Express-like connection between Madras and Madurai (Koodal is another name for the temple city). In the broad gauge era, the train now runs up to the holy town of Guruvayoor via Nagercoil and Trivandrum. This route is the shortest between the two state […]

#100happytrains: Day 14

April 14, 2014


Mysore-Mayiladhuthurai-Mysore Express The train along the River Kaveri as I like to put it; starting from its cradle and terminating where it drains into the Bay of Bengal at Mayiladuthurai. Travelled on this train from Mayiladuthurai to Tiruchi (after a CRS inspection assignment) and from Tiruchi to Thanjavur (while going to cover the Thiruvarur-Karaikudi MG […]

#100happytrains: Day 13

April 13, 2014


Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express It was not long ago that I was having a conversation with fellow railway enthusiasts over the excess time trains spend to cover the nine-km distance between Secunderabad and Hyderbad. Then a dreadful journey undertaken in 2001 came to my mind. During a holiday/pilgrimage, we boarded the East Coast Express from […]

#100happytrains: Day 12

April 12, 2014


Mysore-Tuticorin Express The only back draw of train travel is bidding goodbyes. My rides on this train were only after saying bye, without knowing when the next meeting would be. Took this train from Bangalore to Karur on a few occasions in 2011. The timings too are ideal to board this train at Bangalore/Bangalore Cantonment […]

#100happytrains: Day 11

April 11, 2014


Ernakulam-Karaikal Tea Garden Express The train initially used to ply from Mettupalayam to Cochin, carrying Tea and other products for export to other countries. Later, for a long time, the train connected Ernakulam to Tiruchi and then was extended to Nagore (post gauge conversion), running along the River Kaveri from Erode. It was the first […]

#100happytrains: Day 10

April 10, 2014


Tiruchi-Mayiladuthurai Express A fast day connection between the two towns, that lie on the banks of the river Kaveri. I had taken this train in 2012 to cover the Commissioner of Railway Safety’s inspection of the newly-laid Mayiladuthurai Junction-Tiruvarur line. You have no option but to bear the searing heat of central Tamil Nadu as […]