A Diversion:Good For Nothing

Hi all,
This is the first blog post of mine, and I want it to be an eye opener for the authorities.

May be this is a very sensitive post, but please take this in the right way.

What I’m going to talk about the diversion of 16041/42 Chennai-Alleppy-Chennai Express via Coimbatore.

From 23rd September 2012, Southern Railways Diverted this Train via Coimbatore Junction.
Previously, it was bye passing Coimbatore. Now let us see how it affects the running time of the Train.

Before Diverting via Coimbatore:-

16041 Chennai – Alleppy Express : Chennai Departure – 21:15, Alleppy Arrival – 10:45 (next day).
16042 Alleppy – Chennai Express : Alleppy Departure – 16:05, Chennai Arrival – 06:05 (next day).

After Diverting via Coimbatore:-

16041 Chennai – Alleppy Express : Chennai Departure – 20:45, Alleppy Arrival – 10:45 (next day).
16042 Alleppy – Chennai Express : Alleppy Departure – 16:00, Chennai Arrival – 06:45 (next day).

Now, I would like to show how Time is lost while going via Coimbatore.

Scenario 1 – Skipping Coimbatore Junction :- Pothanur Junction – Irugur Byepass track, 11 kms long Electrified Single Line, Maximum Permitted Speed of 100 kmph. Usual time required to traverse this section is 10 mins,including the time taken to accelerate and decelerate while changing tracks.

Scenario 2 – Going via Coimbatore Junction:- Pothanur Junction – Coimbatore Junction track, 6kms long Electrified Double Line, Maximum Permitted Speed of 110 kmph.But the train has to slow down before the station, and crawl into the platform at a very slow speed of 10-15 kmph. The Halt at the station is for 5 minutes minimum. Now after starting from the Station, the Coimbatore Junction – Irugur line is 18 kms long, of Electrified Double Line, with the Maximum Permitted Speed of 70 kmph. So, it takes some good time to reach irugur. The usual time to traverse the entire section is 35 to 40 mins.

Now, lets come to the point.

As I’ve showed above, after diverting via Coimbatore, 16041 is taking 30 mins extra for its entire journey, where as 16042 is taking 45 mins extra for its journey.

Frankly speaking, from my experience, I have hardly seen just a very few people using this train from Coimbatore (both ways). Remember, Coimbatore does not have a change of Pilots (Change of Loco Pilots a.k.a the Driver)

Now, what difference have actually happened with this train via the diversion? Lets have a look.

From my experience in the past(before diversion), both trains used to be very punctual and reliable(in the sense, this train was on time on majority of the days).
For example, Alleppy – Chennai use to reach Chennai central around 06:00 itself, and most of the days,it’s before time at its destination.It was mainly because, it doesn’t had much hinderance in its route, because After palakkad, it has a clear route, because the gap between the train before it is 25 mins. Also, regarding Chennai – Alleppy, it also has a 30 mins gap to the train ahead of it, so it too gets a clear run. It arrives Palakkad and Thrissur right time on majority of the days, which make sure that you can make it to ernakulam by 9. This train is used by office goers in between Palakkad and Ernakulam.

What is Happening Now With This Train?? Well, that is what made me write this Post.

Lets Start with 16041 Chennai – Alleppy Express.

Now this train Departs Chennai at 20:45, 30 mins before its old departure time. Actually, it was a swap of time slot. 20:45 was the departure time of Chennai – Mettupalayam Blue Mountain (Nilgiri) Express, which is a dedicated train to Coimbatore from Chennai. Now, this Nilgiri Express departs at 21:15, the old-time of Chennai – Alleppy Express. So, what has actually changed? There is another train, precisely, the 12257 Yesvantapur Kochuveli Tri Weekly Garib Rath Express plays a vital role in delaying this train in between Palakkad and Thrissur. Now you might be wondering how?

Southern Railway did a small change in the timings of this Garibrath. In past, this Garibrath use to depart Salem Junction ahead of Chennai – Alleppy Express, so that Alleppy never had to be overtaken. Now, what our railways did it is, they put 16041 Chennai- Alleppy ahead of this Garibrath, and now, From Salem Junction to Palakkad Junction, Alleppy is following Garibrath’s old time-table. Now, garibrath closely follows Alleppy till Palakkad, and it overtakes Alleppy in between Palakkad and Thrissur. But, when Alleppy is Delayed a bit, Garib rath is delayed. But that is rare. What happens is, Garib rath comes late, and Alleppy has become a scapegoat in between Palakkad and Thrissur. Majority of the days, Alleppy is taken into PlatForm No. 3 of Thrissur (it reaches by 6.50!), and has to wait till the Garibrath Overtake. This makes a nice delay to the train from thrissur onwards. I’ve heard many of the passengers cursing Garib rath and railways for make such an arrangement, and delaying Alleppy. So, an additional halt and the new timings have made this train a late running one (for 3 working days).

Now, Don’t say this is train is for Coimbatore – Alleppy Passengers. From my experience, I’ve hardly seen someone using this train from Ernakulam to Allapuzha.

There is Kerala Express and Island Express from Coimbatore to Ernakulam which departs Coimbatore after 05:00 and reaches Erakulam by 09:30.

Now, let’s have a look at what happens with 16042 Alleppy – Chennai Express.

This is running almost on its old timings till Podanur Junction. It usually reaches Coimbatore by 22:15 – 22:25. Now, for everyone’s information, There is 12674 Cheran Express from Coimbatore to Chennai departing at 22:20, ie just 10 mins before 16042 Alleppy Chennai Express!! If you look at the time table, You can see both the trains take equal time to reach Chennai. In another words, Alleppy – Chennai Express runs 10 mins behind this Cheran Express (almost identical halt pattern!). Now, just imagine, if Cheran gets delayed more than 10 mins, Alleppy – Chennai too is delayed subsequently. And it happens most of the days, cheran gets delayed and Alleppy too is, and reaches destination late. (atleast on the days I travel in it!!). So, Southern Railways simply destroyed a good, punctual train, and made it a waste, just for a few passengers.

Now, just in case, there is a scenario like this.

16042 Alleppy – Chennai Express : Ernakulam North Departure – 17:24, Chennai Arrival – 06:45 (next day)
12624 Trivandrum – Chennai Mail : Ernakulam North Departure – 19:20, Chennai Arrival – 06:55 (next day)

A train which Departs the same station 2 hours after Alleppy Chennai reaches Same Destination just 10 mins behind it!! Now tell me, which train will passengers Prefer??!! So, this diversion and timings has also played an important role in increasing the passengers using Trivandrum – Chennai Mail, who previously used to take
Alleppy – Chennai Express.

The Lost Connection : This train used to give a connection to the bi-weekly Chennai – Nizamuddin Duranto, which departs Chennai at 06:40.My friends use to take use this connection, since this duranto Overtakes Kerala Express which departed Ernakulam 1 and a half hours ahead of Alleppy Chennai, and reaches New Delhi 4 hours ahead of it! It was really time-saving for many who used this. Now this connection is lost.

Now, what justification is there for the Coimbatore halt? Already,There are other trains serving Coimbatore from chennai and to Ernakulam in just 30 mins from alleppy’s time. So, simply for the sake of few passengers, the entire passengers time in this train is simply wasted.

Remember, TIME IS MONEY. I Hope this post can make some people think, and why I’m telling this diversion and timings was just good for nothing.

Cheers!!

24 thoughts on “A Diversion:Good For Nothing

  1. Very interestng observations… definitely a plot by certain lobby… i dont know what they intend to do…

    Similarly i had come up across on a forum plans to change the timings of 12626 Kerala exp… Make it depart from NDLS at 23:30, excuse given as that it wil reduce duration of “Day time journey”(OMG!!!) but what they dont see is that this move is aimed at making Kerala Exp reach its stops in TN during the day, when one has to keep in mind that Kerala express is the only daily train from CBE to NDLS via ED-KTPD-RU-BZA-NGP-JHS-NDLS……

    1. Sankar, hope you know the nature of CBE pals. They need every Single train in India to CBE or via CBE. Its like whole the population in India is in that city only.

  2. Very true………lobbies playing spoilsport with trains…..something similar has happened in WR although not related to train timings……the compostion of the 22 coach rake of Valsad Ahmedabad Gujarat Queen Express in which almost 10,000 students/office goers travel from Vadodara to Anand, Nadiad and Ahmedabad was changed one fine day to the dismay of all of us………a rake sharing agreement was done between Ahmedabad Mumbai Gujarat Express and this train………now the spoilsport point…..Gujarat queen had 13 General coaches, one FC and one ACC which was hardly used by reserved passengers and 3 2S reserved coaches which were also mostly used by daily passengers………after revision of coach composition one more FC and one ACC was added to Gujarat Queen replacing 2 General coaches………On paper it may look like a small shuffle…but in reality it has caused a major problem for daily commuters…….especially for people of ANand and Nadiad who eralier had 5 general coaches at the Mumbai side of the train now are crowded into just two coaches………Mumbai lobby destroyed the train………..

  3. The author does not know the history of MAS – ALLP express, 16041/42. ! This train was running as 41/42 Madras – Cochin express and till 1980’s this train used to enter Coimbatore jn. Then, all of a sudden, citing ‘single line bottleneck’, this train started to skip CBE jn via Podanur jn – Irugur line. Now, all bottlenecks, throttlenecks are over and Irugur – CBE has become DOUBLE line. So, CBE has got back its RIGHTEOUS share of 16041/42 MAS – ALLP express and a JUSTICE, though delayed has not been DENIED for Coimbatore jn !!

    Instead of welcoming it decrying it would amount to distortion of historic facts.!!

    1. Sir,

      On those Days, connectivity between CBE-ERS and CBE-MAS was very less. So it used to serve both cities. But now, CBE has its own share of dedicated trains, but still, the demand was like asking another child’s toy, telling it belonged to me in past. I’m waiting for that day when you’ll even ask Durantos and Freight trains to go via CBE with a Halt there. Why just exclude them???

      Regards,
      Jyothish

      1. Well, thanks for accepting my reply in this blog at the outset & I am grateful for that gesture. Meanwhile, the Child asking for toy example in this case, is not at all a correct equivalent. What has been restored here is the right which was deprieved for CBE earlier as it did not have double line. So, what ever is available in form of train accomodation is shared in the rightful manner between various stations. Even the cluster of stations PTJ, CBE, TUP, ED & SA are clustered together for accomodation.

        Why should CBE alone stand apart while other stations enjoy train facilities ? That too the so called ‘traffic bottleneck’ has been removed ? Is it not gross injustice ? Also, CBE acts as serving station not only for CBE city alone,but nearest railway head for Nilgiris district for people in that mountainous district to go to various regions of India.

        When new trains are sought for CBE (especially overnights) the reply given by railway officials is prime slots are already occupied, by trains from Kerala towards Bangalore and Chennai especially. These trains skip CBE jn actually. So, to avoid this catch 22 situation and CBE being in the losing side, the rerouting of trains is a necessity for CBE.

        Also, seeking rerouting of freight & Duronto trains is far fetched imagination. Infact, Durontos are soon going to be trains of past as it can be seen from TVC/CBE towards Chennai.

        Podanur – Irugur bye pass line is meant for FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

  4. Kind attn :- Mr. Jyothish !! I hope my previous comment to this blog would be approved by you and allow views which are not supporing your thoughts are also allowed in a DEMOCRATIC manner. That would be more spirited !! Others can oppose my views if they have strong points. Instead, if my views are not allowed, it would reduce this blog into just a bunch of sycophants simply acknowledging the author’s views !! ‘Though I may oppose, what you say, Yet I shall defend to death, your right to say so !! – so says Voltaire, the French Philosopher. I hope similar spirit is followed.

      1. Actually what we should be focusing on, is this train helping a significant number of passengers by its stoppage at Coimbatore? If that is so, that will be a sufficient argument for a halt there. Any way that we can get data on that? Remember we are wasting not just time, but energy as well, by this diversion. We should be able to justify it based on concrete facts. Especially when a comfortably existing and reliable run is being interfered with.

        1. Well, Sashi !! The query of yours is like double edged tool !! If the patronage is stated to be less, then you people would say, the diversion via CBE jn is good for nothing. On the other hand if the patronage is overwhelming, then, you would say, CBE jn is deprieving the berths meant for Kerala !! The actual answer is this stoppage in CBE is being used very judiciously !! I had recently travelled from CBE to MAS in Non AC FC class recently and found more people preferring 3rd AC ( recently this train has been augmented with another 3rd AC coach) and 2nd AC accomodation from CBE to MAS by this train. Also, few travellers from ERS etc, I could find alighting at CBE jn using this train. In fact, I also have data to show that During the Deepavali season, 30 th oct to 2nd Nov, this train was overwhelmingly booked from MAS to ALLP and passengers used to alight at CBE jn using this train !! This can be clearly seen from the reservation availability in Indian rail website, that only on these days, MAS to ALLP was showing waitlist !!! That too Deepavali is not a festival celebrated in a big way in Kerala. So, this train is being utilized well by CBE passengers at times. Moderate patronage thoughout the year one can say.

          Now, one can see, the train passengers from Malabar, seeking a very genuine request of rerouting 12685/85 MAS – MAQ express to be rerouted via CBE. They have stated the arrival timings at Podanur jn, for both Up and Down trains is difficult for them and the passengers intending to reach CBE, simply get STRANDED at Podanur jn !!

          It must be remembered that historically ( since malabar region was part and parcel of Erstwhile Madras presidency and was known as malabar district adjacent to Coimbatore district) Malabar and Coimbatore have long everlasting links that Travancore region of Kerala. So, more travel requirements between Malaabar & Coimtaore. This matter has been raised even in railway official meetings with members of users.

          1. A small explanation to my previous reply. I had written, ‘This can be clearly seen from the reservation availability in Indian rail website, that only on these days, MAS to ALLP was showing waitlist’

            What I had meant to explain is that the train 16041 was waitlisted for 30th October 2013 on the day of ARP ( advance reservation period) began !! On other days, before 30th October, it was showing considerable availability. This clearly proves that 16041 was judiciously used for MAS – CBE travel, and passengers booked to destinations beyond CBE for this train to get down at CBE jn !!!

            Of course on any given day MAS – ALLP express commands good patronage.

      2. Well, I have not shouted and infact, quoted from the French Philosopher, whose words of wisdom is very much essential for today’s world especially for such net blogs ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Mr.Ravi is right,Mr.JYOTHISH is so bothered about the arrival time at chennai central and alleppey.
    I would like to add that coimbatore is second highest in collection after chennai,but cbe was misused while palakkad zone,now this is under the control of salem,
    we lost many trains skipping cbe and has a stop at podanur which is use less.

    i have seen so many superfast express halts at station without having platform in kerala.

    i support all the trains should be diverted to coimbatore jn,

    moreover rails are for all public not for specific state public. if the time is so wasted, those people can very well opt for early trains.

    1. Sir,

      I would like to know what difference in diverting an already high demand train via the so called “revenue” station, so that we can add 20 more passengers hanging out in the doors of UR? Moreover, I haven’t spoke about the looting of Quotas. Well, its Freights that are earning more revenue for railways, so why not send all freights through CBE? If there is so much demand, why not ask for new trains, rather than diverting these already full trains??

      Regards,
      Jyothish

      1. ll, since I do’nt want to get injured by verbal abuses,( in case of high tempers running) I chose to post very limitedly !! Well, if you analyze, this skipping issue, It should not be highlighted as if CBE is the only station fighting for such matters. In fact, Vizag, a divisional HQ’s, of E.Co.R. is suffering due to apathy of the E.Co.R. HQ’s of indiscriminate skipping of VSKP. As a matter of convention / norm, (not a rule, though) the trains linking a place to another region for ‘FIRST EVER TIME’, have to be operated via the PRIMARY & IMPORTANT railway station. For VSKP, the Howrah – Vasco express is skipping the junction and operated via Duvvada.

        Same is the case of CBE, as 12777/78 Hubli – Kochuveli weekly which is the only train for CBE region to link the city with Davangere, Ranibennur, Harihar etc, is not via the Main station of the region (CBE)

        On the same time, 16325/26 Indore – TVC Ahilyanagari express which is the ONLY train to Indore from Chennai, compulsorily comes into MAS ( chennai central) and serves the main station of the Chennai City. It can very well skip Chennai and halt at Perambur nearby and avoid loco reversing at Chennai. ( Though I do’nt support it)
        Perhaps, 15901 Yesvantpur – Dibrugarh weekly is the ONE & only train to skip Chennai Central and halt at Perambur and proceed directly ( Of course, Ennore – Avadi local EMU is operated for a single trip in this route bye passing Chennai Central) In fact, MAS can afford to sacrifice many trains from South Western direction as every year, in budget, it can expect few trains announced to it. But, CBE cannot get such benefits.

        So, same courtesies are to be extended in practising the norms for CBE. It must be noted that there is no requirement of loco reversal also for operating trains via CBE.

        In fact, any train introdued to / fro CBE would help people from Kerala ( Malabar especially) One can observe that 22610/09 CBE – MAQ express ( extended from PGT last year to CBE) perfectly helps people from Malabar as a late connectivity from Chennai. That is after 12601 MAS – MAQ mail, ( dep at 2025 hrs) any person can opt for late departure from MAS by 12673 MAS – CBE Cheran express ( dep at 2210 hrs) and arrive at CBE next morning at 0605 hrs and opt for 22610 CBE – MAQ intercity express, CONVENIENTLY which departs at 0620 hrs and reach places like PGT, Ottapalam, Tirur, CLT etc. ( of course, with separate e -tickets reserved or an onward ticket (thro ticket)

        So, such benefits should be taken in mind

        Though, if our views may not be accepted, I hope atleast an opportunity is given to put them across, would be provided, I hope.

        Reg. REVENUE, contribution, I think definitely the object of discussion is ‘Passenger Revenue’ and Should it be elaborated ? ( Freight revenue earnings / contribution does not come to pictue here)

        Ravi S

  6. Well, since I do’nt want to get injured by verbal abuses,( in case of high tempers running) I chose to post very limitedly !! Well, if you analyze, this skipping issue, It should not be highlighted as if CBE is the only station fighting for such matters. In fact, Vizag, a divisional HQ’s, of E.Co.R. is suffering due to apathy of the E.Co.R. HQ’s of indiscriminate skipping of VSKP. As a matter of convention / norm, (not a rule, though) the trains linking a place to another region for ‘FIRST EVER TIME’, have to be operated via the PRIMARY & IMPORTANT railway station. For VSKP, the Howrah – Vasco express is skipping the junction and operated via Duvvada.

    Same is the case of CBE, as 12777/78 Hubli – Kochuveli weekly which is the only train for CBE region to link the city with Davangere, Ranibennur, Harihar etc, is not via the Main station of the region (CBE)

    On the same time, 16325/26 Indore – TVC Ahilyanagari express which is the ONLY train to Indore from Chennai, compulsorily comes into MAS ( chennai central) and serves the main station of the Chennai City. It can very well skip Chennai and halt at Perambur nearby and avoid loco reversing at Chennai. ( Though I do’nt support it)
    Perhaps, 15901 Yesvantpur – Dibrugarh weekly is the ONE & only train to skip Chennai Central and halt at Perambur and proceed directly ( Of course, Ennore – Avadi local EMU is operated for a single trip in this route bye passing Chennai Central) In fact, MAS can afford to sacrifice many trains from South Western direction as every year, in budget, it can expect few trains announced to it. But, CBE cannot get such benefits.

    So, same courtesies are to be extended in practising the norms for CBE. It must be noted that there is no requirement of loco reversal also for operating trains via CBE.

    In fact, any train introdued to / fro CBE would help people from Kerala ( Malabar especially) One can observe that 22610/09 CBE – MAQ express ( extended from PGT last year to CBE) perfectly helps people from Malabar as a late connectivity from Chennai. That is after 12601 MAS – MAQ mail, ( dep at 2025 hrs) any person can opt for late departure from MAS by 12673 MAS – CBE Cheran express ( dep at 2210 hrs) and arrive at CBE next morning at 0605 hrs and opt for 22610 CBE – MAQ intercity express, CONVENIENTLY which departs at 0620 hrs and reach places like PGT, Ottapalam, Tirur, CLT etc. ( of course, with separate e -tickets reserved or an onward ticket (thro ticket)

    So, such benefits should be taken in mind

    Though, if our views may not be accepted, I hope atleast an opportunity is given to put them across, would be provided, I hope.

    Reg. REVENUE, contribution, I think definitely the object of discussion is ‘Passenger Revenue’ and Should it be elaborated ? ( Freight revenue earnings / contribution does not come to pictue here)

    Ravi S

      1. Well, Mr. Jyothish, you can even, see in my previous post, I had been voicing for, Hubli – Kochuveli weekly express via CBE !! Which was quite justified. But, you have tweeted choicest of invectives./ diatribes, pointing against me. Those words, are certainly not commensurate with the high level of education etc, you have possessed. As if I am the one and only reason behind diversion of 12623/24 via CBE, you have portrayed. I reiterate, I had voiced for UBL – KCVL weekly.

        Definitely, your anger is misdirected. Whether, you approve this comment or not is not my concern, but, I wanted to emphasise that my choice / request for diversion with valid points, of course, for trains like UBL – KCVL.

        I still wish you should come up HIGH in LIFE in flying colours, for I have nothing personal against anybody. What my poor mother had to do with this ??? Never expected such a reaction ! ( FYKI I can very well, converse, read, Write in MALAYALAM !! ๐Ÿ™‚ ( Thanks to the CBE samajam, malayalam classes, as I never hate any language, region etc)

        I never celebrated anything by bursting crackers etc !!In fact, instead of 12623/24 Had it been 12777/78,weekly, It would have been happy news for me.

        = = = == = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = == == == = = = == == = = = == = == ===

        No Comments Now. Let me Finish this Journey. Mr. Ravi should be Shot at Sight. Fucker

        Avante Shaddiyiloode Mathrame Train oodan paadullu?? Mai***

        Pullikkaran innale rathri Padakkam pottichu aaghoshichu kaanum.. Avante Ammede !@##$%^&

          1. Well, Mr. Jyothish, If that expression of apology is true from the depth of the heart, then its okay & welcome. As I had reiterated, arguments / debates, if confined to the subject matter, it would be most welcome..

            As you can see my quote from the French Philosopher, Voltaire in my earlier posts in your blog. (Though I may oppose, what you say, Yet I shall defend to death, your right to say so !!)

            But, dragging personal things & referring to individuals, in a mudslinging manner, is not at all a good thing. That is why, you can see, myself using, very careful phrases, like, ‘I doโ€™nt want to get injured by verbal abuses,( in case of high tempers running)’, in one of my previous posts. I somehow knew that such abuses would be possibly there. Especially, when people like you who are in the pinnacle of the society, with exalted educational qualifications & prosperity, shouldering larger responsibility, should not have targetted an ordinary, BPL (below poverty line) non tech savvy person ( who hardly tweets etc) like me in this manner.

            All the best for all your endeavours !!! And I reiterate, that I am NOT responsible for any rerouting etc which happened recently or in future.

            Again, its upto you to approve it or not.. No problem

          2. See, I just say everything as such. Not like people who keep everything inside and does backstabbing. The thing is, you don’t know, but I know all about you. I’m not afraid to say anything out, and I will express it. And Yes, have a look whether I have not approved any of ur comments. If it was someone else, this might not have been the case.

  7. Hi Jyothish !

    Well, this post has got nothing to do with operation of trains etc… !

    Just sharing a word of remembrance to Kerala’s own ‘Varnangalude Rajakumaran’ (Prince of Colours) Edmund Thomas Clint, who lived just for 6 small years, but, created a BIG picture for him in the world of Painting..

    http://www.thehindu.com/books/artinterrupted/article4203603.ece

    Especially, the paintings listed in ‘the hindu’, such as tiger with her cubs, A train ( freight train) billowing are some kind of depictiion, which belies his age ..

    Truly, ‘varnanangalude rajakumaran’ is CLINT ( from Kochi) God has taken him from us so quickly !!

    Thought of sharing this, as you can give the info. to other people from kerala as more than 30 years have passed by since, he breathed his lost.

    Art is Long.. Life is short..
    ( No need to put this in this folder etc.. Just for info)

  8. Despite so many trains from Chennai to CBE jn, trains to Kerala (allepey, Ernkulam…….) too halt at CBE. Tickets are always in WL. Let me take an example of Allepey Express 16041.. I can hardly get a confirmed ticket in regular booking for chennai to Allepey. WL goes over 200 sometimes. However, if i check CBE to Allepey.. wowwww.. hundreds are available. This clrealy indicates that there needs to be more trains or extra coaches to CBE. Passengers like me have to look for alternatives like bus.

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