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Posted: Feb 26 2022 (18:36)

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Feb 26 2022 (18:36)   14708/Ranakpur Express (PT) | BKN/Bikaner Junction (6 PFs)
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One Last Time before the Electrification And doubling Work gets completed on the Branch Line of North western Railway.

For travelling to Bikaner, as always I booked my ticket in Ranakpur Express, And My Trip started on 4th of Feb from Mumbai in Ranakpur Express and I had around 20 days of stay in Bikaner and Return to Mumbai on 24th of Feb

• The Trip to Bikaner
After 6 months was Boarding Ranakpur Express, Left for kandivali station at 11:45 from Home, After Reaching station had to wait for 15 mins as Virar local was sent ahead of Borivali (pf-2) Local this time. After Boarding the Local, Got down at Borivali station and Bgkt – dadar Express was departing from pf-7. Took the escalator and change the Platform. Had to walk down 10 coaches as my Coach was S6. After Reaching near my coach, Gzb wap7 with 12216 Bdts – Dee Garibrath Entered Bvi and Brc wap7 with Double Decker towards MMCT entered Bvi PF-7. And it was Time for GR to departed From Bvi, The lp gave the honk and train started moving and train halted and started honking as Chain pulling was done after resting the coach by staff it again it started moving but after picking up Speed again Cp happened , Meanwhile There was local bunching up on pf:-6, Controller diverted few locals to pf-5 and all locals were diverted to slow line from fast line as GR was stuck and there was a big bunching on UP line, After Resting the coach, Train started to move but again CP in same Coach, Trice Cp was done from The same coach but staff were unable to find the reason behind it . All the Fast locals were diverted to slow line. After 25 mins of Departing and Halting, GR finally cleared the turnout and made line clear. Brc wap7 with Up Tejas Express Entered Bvi and Also Brc wap7 with Bdts – Jsm Express entering Bvi pf-8, All Trains were almost late by 15-20 mins. Vtva 22356 with 14708 Ranakpur Express Entered Bvi pf-6 with a delay of 12 mins. Departed from BVI at 13:13. Picking up speed and Skipped Daishar at speed of 85 kmph speed. Ac Rake was broken in Virar Cs and on 2nd line Siemens Coaches were Mix with Ac Rake. Skipped Virar at 13:41. Pilling work of New Bridge at Vaitarna has started. Skip Vtn at Flat Mps. Land Leveling and Bridge work for Virar – Dahanu Quad Line has picked up speed land has been leveled between Kelve – palghar. Departed from palghar at 14:07. WDFC work has been progressing at a great speed, Track laying machine was at New Vangaon and also Poles were erected. New alignment work Between Vangaon and Dahanu Road has been completed just switch work is left. Skipped Dahanu Road at 14:30 and Vtva wap4 22052 with Drd – Brc was Standing on pf-3. WDFC work in Gujarat State at good speed. Track has been completed and also electric poles have been erected. Reached Vapi at 15:05 (7 mins BT). Wag 9 33335 with bcna on pf:-3 at Vapi. Wdfc Track work and Signaling Work Completed between Vapi – Valsad. Arrived Valsad at 15:33 (10 mins BT) Departed from BL at 15:40. WDFC work fully completed Between Valsad and Navsari. Arrived Navsari at 16:09 (Almost 18 mins BT). No Overtake of suryanagri and Pune – Nzm Duronto yet. Loop At Bhestan 16:30 running almost 25 mins BT as per WTT. After waiting for 15 Bl wap4 mid lamp 22075 with suryanagri overtakes Ranakpur at Bhestan. And after 5 mins Tkd wap7 39075 with pune- Nzm Duronto overtakes Ranakpur at Bhestan. After 21 mins of loop departed from Bhestan. The 3rd line work between Udhana and Surat is at decent speed. Land has been level and bridge work is at final stages. Reached Surat 1 min before time. Tkd wap1 with Ddn – Bdts Express was standing on pf-2. This time the journey Experience was almost different. Train was almost doing MPS in Brc division; Ranakpur was Loop at Lakodra Dethan for Schedule Overtake by 12933 Karnavati Express. After Departing from Brc Train was having a decent run. Ranakpur was Loop at Mahemdavad Kheda Road at 20:45. It was running before time as per WTT. 12931 MMCT – ADI Double decker Express Overtook at Flat 130km/h speed. After waiting for 15 mins 70625+12664/PA 20923 TEN-GIMB Humsafar also overtook us. A 100 kmph restricted train overtakes a 110 kmph train. After both Overtake we Departed. Was doing Flat mps till maninagar. After Crossing Maninagar train started to crawl. 40176, 11527, Vtva twins, 20077 + 40580, 40062 were At KK and 30499, 37032, 30523, Gzb p5, 22818, 30634 were at Adi Electric Trip shed. As we entered 20923 TEN-GIMB Humsafar was departing from Adi. Walked down the 11 coaches to see the loco change. Watching Loco change at ADI will soon be a history. Vtva wap4 was already uncoupled and was waiting for starter signal of switch track and make way for wdp4d. Bgkt wdp4d 40600 was the loco link from ADI. After loco change departed from ADI. Slowly picking up speed. Wr has completed Double line work till Dangarwa, From Dangarwa to palanpur its still single line. Crossed suryanagri at Chappi station. It was getting colder so went up the seat and took a nap.
Woke up and came down the seat, Train was at a halt. Went to the door and saw it was waiting at Jodhpur Outer. Reached Jodhpur at 6:38 am. Vtva Twins with Jammu tavi Express was standing on pf-2. Reached Metra Road 9:11 Delayed by 1 hrs +. My coach was almost empty hardly 10 people were in my coach. Bgkt 40583 with 14707 Ranakpur Express was waiting at nagaur station and now the whole coach was empty and I was left all alone till BKn. Reached Bikaner at 11:55 with a delay of 20 mins. Ldh twins with passenger was standing at Bkn pf-1 and Bgkt Wdp4d 40274 with Bkn - hwh express

Return Journey Blog Soon ....
From Running 2 hrs 45 mins to 5 mins Before time , NI work after Merta Road , Electrification Work after merta and wiring Work after jodhpur … and Many more updates coming in Next Blog soon…

Thanks for Reading ,
Udit Mehta

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