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59 hours and counting – Part II

June 12, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Tiruvarur-Karaikudi gauge conversion proposal gets impetus

February 12, 2012

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Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram in a recent letter to Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi has requested for the inclusion of the Tiruvarur-Tiruturaipundi-Karaikudi metre gauge conversion works in this year’s Railway Budget. The metre gauge line will be the last gauge-conversion project for Southern Railway, given that the heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway will not be converted. An […]