Bidding Farewell to 2022 in Style – Part 2

As I mentioned in an earlier post; for a railfan, there is no better way to end a year than with a train trip.  I had not travelled by the Kalyan-Kasara-Igatpuri-Nashik Road-Manmad route for quite some time; therefore I decided to undertake a trip to NK by 12071 Mumbai Jalna Jan Shatabdi - the date…Read more Bidding Farewell to 2022 in Style – Part 2

Bidding Farewell to 2022 in Style – Part 1

For a railfan, there is no better way to end a year than with a train trip. And for a diesel fan, that trip must involve a ride by a diesel-hauled train; especially given that now Indian Railways is on a mad electrification spree and the whole network is set to be electrified in a…Read more Bidding Farewell to 2022 in Style – Part 1

Double Decker Diaries: Mumbai to Vadodara – Part 2

This blog is about Part 2 of my first 130 kmph journey in Indian Railways - unless you count my journey by the Chennai Rajdhani way back in 1993; when I was barely four years old! Of course, I don’t remember anything about that journey; except seeing a few derailed wagons πŸ˜› This was also…Read more Double Decker Diaries: Mumbai to Vadodara – Part 2

Double Decker Diaries: Mumbai to Vadodara – Part 1

You all know that I have travelled by train more times than I can count; but I have never experienced 130 kmph action, unless you count my journey by the Chennai Rajdhani way back in 1993; when I was barely four years old! Of course, I don't remember anything about that journey; except seeing a…Read more Double Decker Diaries: Mumbai to Vadodara – Part 1

Answering The Call Of Pune, Yet Again! – Part 2

After a memorable trip to Pune (one of so many!! πŸ˜› ), which involved touring the countryside with my friend Omkar and staying at his house with him and his parents; it was time to return to Mumbai. The train chosen was 11302 SBC-CSMT Udyan Express, since it was the only train leaving Pune in…Read more Answering The Call Of Pune, Yet Again! – Part 2

Answering The Call Of Pune, Yet Again! – Part 1

Yes, you read it right. Yet another Mumbai - Pune train trip, after my first Vistadome journey 6 months ago: https://ashwinkumar1989.in/2022/05/29/vistadomed-first-train-journey-of-2022/ . The purpose of this trip too was the same - to meet my friend - railfan Omkar - and have fun with him; including a night stay at his house. It was planned…Read more Answering The Call Of Pune, Yet Again! – Part 1

See How Times Are Changing

As the signal changes colour From red to green The guard waves a green flag And the Assistant Loco Pilot sounds the horn A deep and beautiful melody Which seems to arise Right from the heart And pulls you into a trance Such that, the only thing you want to hear Is this intoxicating horn…Read more See How Times Are Changing

I So Miss Those Days

I so miss those days When diesels ruled the roost Whether it be the ALCOs With their ferocious chugging Or the EMDs With their intoxicating humming I so miss those days When I used to travel By the legendary Mumbai-Chennai route And couldn’t wait for Pune to arrive soon Because, the electric engine hauling our…Read more I So Miss Those Days

My First Train Journey Since COVID19

And.......finally....there it is!! A train journey after a long, long wait of a year and 8 months; thanks to the accursed pandemic!! Firstly, I must give you fair warning: this is not a usual trip report - it includes mainly railfanning observations at the source station; since it was a purely overnight journey. But it…Read more My First Train Journey Since COVID19

Spottings at Ratnagiri on a winter Saturday

This is meant mainly for railfans and rail enthusiasts πŸ˜› . On saturday February 2nd, I had a sudden trip to Ratnagiri through Konkan Railway. Here are my observations at this small but important town, which serves as a major station in KR; as all trains have to compulsorily halt here for a crew change:…Read more Spottings at Ratnagiri on a winter Saturday