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Yesterday (13:15)   MMCT/Mumbai Central (5 PFs)
SuyashChandra~   1130 blog posts
Entry# 5395869            Tags   Past Edits
Presenting to you all the sensation of Mumbai Central “Urban Pod”. Inspired by the Capsule Hotels of Japan this is the new addition for accommodation at the railway premises.
(Pic no. 11) Tariff as of 28/06/22 is as follows
1. Classics/Ladies Pod
₹799 + taxes for 12 hours
+ taxes for 24 hours

2. Private Pod
₹ 1199 + taxes
₹ 1699 + taxes

3. Differently abled Pod( 50% refund on checkout)
₹ 1499 + taxes
₹ 2999 + taxes

I opted for Classic Pod which has the following facilities TV with TATA Sky set top box, Headphones for TV, Wifi, 1 Plug point, 1 USB port, Mini Locker and a Small Fire extinguisher.

(Pic no. 12 & 13)There are common washrooms, showers and wash area. All of them are spic and span and maintained very nicely throughout.

The entire Urban Pod is fully carpeted.

(Pic no. 16 & 19) There is also a common area with sofa, bean bags, tables and chairs.

(Pic no. 17 & 18) Before entering one must remove their footwear and keep it in the locker provided.
Eating is not allowed in Urban Pod.

The entire Urban Pod is clean and excellently maintained with state of the art infrastructure. A highly recommended place for accommodation. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Yesterday (10:04)   HMY/Harmuti Junction (3 PFs)
Pran^~   41535 blog posts
Entry# 5395525            Tags   Past Edits

1.Railwire WIFI available here.
2.List of Trains with arr/ dep
List of facilities at stn
4. Bottle crusher just inaugurated but perhaps never used.

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Jun 27 (09:33)   UDZ/Udaipur City (5 PFs)
Arvind189   5 blog posts
Entry# 5392043            Tags   Past Edits
Located in PF 1, this is one of the worst maintained waiting rooms I've had the displeasure of being in. Considering the city attracts so many Indian and foreign tourists every year, a little bit of maintenance on the chairs and toilets is not a lot to ask. The room as well as outside the room stinks of urine. The charging points inside the waiting room are broken. I would recommend sitting on one of those stone benches on PF1, under the fans. They are maintained better than the waiting room.

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Jun 26 (20:14)   12341/Agnibina Express
sourindra55   11 blog posts
Entry# 5391684            Tags   Past Edits
12341/12342 Agnibina Express is one of the best train to travel between Howrah and Asansol. Though people call it as Agnibina, but people travelling in and out from Durgapur, Panagarh and Mankar still call it as Bidhan Express. First thing first, one of the best train. Super cleaned and well maintained. Courteous staff as well. During my journey on 11th June on 12341 in C2 from Howrah to Panagarh. The TTE started checking the ticket by greeting everyone with a Good Evening and smile. Let aside the coaches, even the washrooms were clean and well maintained. There was no nuisance from the UR passengers near the toilets, which by the way I have observed in Coalified and Black Diamond Express.

From Howrah, it is designated to depart from Platform No 12 only. It leaves just behind the Coalfied Express, which departs Howrah at 1720. Once it leaves, the rake enters the platform. For people travelling without prior reservation can also go for UR ticket and can easily get seats in the General Compartments without any hustle or anything. Since this is the last daily passenger train to Durgapur/Asansol and others, so the crowd is not that much as one will get if one is travelling in UR coaches of Coalfield. Another thing which I have observed is AC Chair Car gets filled up quickly as compared to Non AC Chair Car. Both the AC coaches runs jam packed from Howrah. However, the AC coaches remains slightly empty for the 12342. So if someone is unable to get ticket in AC Chair Car in 12342, they can directly approach TTE as well.

There are some unofficial things, which I have observed during my journey in this train and these are;

1. Some UR coaches are opened in certain stations only, such as Andal and Durgapur.

2. 12342 (ASN-HWH) is flocked by the daily passengers. So if you are travelling in it from any station and planning it in advance, better book ticket in Non AC Chair or AC Chair Car as per your convenience. UR runs jam packed during this trip and quite a time the daily passengers becomes much hostile if you ask for seat. I am saying this from my personal experience and that from of my friends and colleagues.

3. 12342 (ASN-HWH) will definitely give unscheduled stop at Liluha. Quite a number of passengers deboards at that station. Though it is not a schedule stop, but every time the train will stop there.

From Railfans Perspective: I will say best train to feel the 130 kmph agression of HWH WAP-7 of a non-Shatabdi Train. Specifically with 12341, the way it speeds up after passing Liluah, knocking upto 130 kmph till Dankuni and then again gearing upto it util Barrdhaman and then way forward is sheer beauty. Passing the stations such as Belur, Bally and others in the dark at sheer speed is absolute bliss. The same is for the 12342. The way the train knocks up with HWH P-7 showing its sheer aggression through the plains of Bengal, specifically between Asansol and Barrdhaman amid the morning sun is an absolute bliss to the eyes. The 130 kmph show is an absolute bliss to the eyes.

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Jun 26 (19:43)   12859/Gitanjali Express (PT)
Saurabhdubey_86^~   27772 blog posts
Entry# 5391673            Tags   Past Edits
Based on trip on 23.06.22 from CSMT to Bilaspur :
1. Cleanliness : OBHS present in all coaches and acting on time to time to keep the toilet and pathways clean. Most of the coaches are 20-21 made, so no complaints here. old, rusty and dirty ECoR rake of Gitanjali is history now.
2. Punctuality : There was no complaint in this department earlier also. All the zones en-route give top priority to this train and no other train comes in it way. Except for some times Adi hwh SF 12833 makes it
crawl in absence of clearing ahead. SECR also has some other plans some day.
That day train ran from CSMT to Rajnandgaon bang on time but got delayed by 30 minutes afterwards ( minor delay at Jalgaon and Wardha which it made up before next stoppage)
3. Availability : It has always been a tough task to get seat in this train. Most of the passengers are end to end or de- boarding in SER areas. So chance of clearance of intermediate station travelers under PQWl and rlwl quota is very less.
4. Catering : Though all items present in the pantry, personally didn't find their taste up to the mark. Veg thali not of good quality.
Options available:
Breakfast : Poha, omlette,samosa, kachodi, paneer/chicken pakoda
lunch/dinner : veg thali, egg thali, chicken thali, Mach bhaat, veg/egg biryani(bland spiced rice in practical).
E-catering at Bhusaval and Nagpur are other alternatives available.
Tasted Vada Pav at kalyan and Igatpuri off which that at kalyan was of good taste. Through out, this train halt is not more than 5-10 minute at any station en route which is less for grabbing on station vendors food items.
5. Railfanning: Excellent . Loads of crossings and overtaking's with out being beaten for once. Monsoon views of Thal ghat ( kalyan to nasik ) are enticing.
6. Speed: waiting for 130 mps upgradation of durg bilaspur section after which a major TT overhaul is expected. Currently from tata to andul and from nagpur to durg 130 mps sanctioned. Current TT is of 110 mps which still is a decent one for a regular SF Express.
7. Rake standardization : Plans of rake standardization with Mumbai Mail have been shelved for now as 3 new AC 3 Tier economy caches have been added in lieu of 3 sleeper coaches. These bedsheet/linen less new AC 3 Tier economy coaches with less leg space for passengers and some minor modifications ( like roller blinders, modified plastic bottle holders, reading lamp, USB charging point, mobile/magazine holder for each berth and eleven extra seats; have been targeted to upgrade sleeper passengers to AC class, though fare is on marginally higher side.
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