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Trip Sheet 2017

December 31, 2017


The annual round-up of train journeys (and non-train journeys too).

59 hours and counting – Part II

June 12, 2015


The summer gave to some good memories of Calcutta, thanks to Piku and Detective Byomkesh Bakshi. Both the movies (directed by Bengalis) showcased the city so well. This reminded me of this long pending post, especially after getting lovely feedback for the preceding part of this trip. Given that the monsoon had engulfed Mumbai, I […]

Cutlets on Brindavan Express

July 25, 2014


On July 25, 2014, the Madras-Bangalore-Madras Brindavan Superfast Express departed Madras Central without its famous pantry car. The prestige of this train, which is in its 50th year of service, has now been left to rot. There is nothing golden here, just that sentiment and tradition has been thrown out of the window by Southern […]

Hail Siemens and more…

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 2

April 2, 2014


Malda Town-Howrah-Malda Town Intercity Express What started off as a Jan Shatabdi service, was later downgraded as an express train. Travelled on this train from Malda to Howrah in 2008 with my uncle. Our trip to the North East was cancelled due to insurgency problems and we decided to look around Malda. Reservations were easily […]

#100happytrains: Day 1

April 1, 2014


Three months into 2014, I have yet to make a train journey and ever since my bike landed in Mumbai the EMU rides have reduced significantly. Taking cue from the #100happydays phenomenon, and in an attempt to recall the train journeys I have undertaken, I present to you #100happytrains. A post on a train daily, […]

The love for trains – I

June 13, 2012


What is it that which gives me sheer joy when I see 24 blue-coaches pass by me at tremendous pace led by a mega-size contraption? Why does a child-like smile appear on the otherwise plain and apparent face of mine when a loco pilot waves back at me? Why do I feel a rush of […]