Report - Commuter Train to Nelamangala
Report By Hemanth Kumar
Went To SBC(Bang City) @ 11.25 to meet Friend who was going to Mysore and also be a part of First Run of our Commuter Rail to Nelamangla.
Repeated Announcements were being mad for Newly Introduced Train No 56579 Nelamangla Pass will Depart From PF8. Time was 12.20 and Passengers and Media Persons were waiting for Train. I and a fellow Railfan Santhosh were thinking which Rake could be used. I guessed Mys-SBC Pass rake would be used but Santhosh was telling Hindupur or Chikballapur Rake would be used and we were looking in all directions to check which rake would be shunted. Santhosh even went a step further n messaged to DRM about it for which he dint get any reply. My guess was right and Finally Mys-SBC pass arr @12.48 with 38mins Delay. After some discussions with Loco Pilot and Sectional Engineer all of Us Boarded the train with good number of Pass. Suvarna News Person also joined us for first run.
The Train Finally Left SBC @ 1.00PM and was passing Malleshwaram after a minute Halt. Then siddganga ICE from SBC to Dharwad came in adjacent line with a parallel run upto Yesvantpur outer were our Nelamangla train got a starter and overtook Exp train which crawled slowly to enter YPR. We entered into PF1 of YPR and Sanjeev came to YPR to take some snaps and meet us. Dharwad ICE left first and we had a min Halt getting some time to chat with Sanjeev and Take snaps.. The train left YPR around 1.20 and speeded past HMT and reached Chikbanavar. A min Halt and after Loco Pilot collected the Token to proceed(old signalling sys which is used in only 2sections in Place of automatic signalling) we moved about 200mts and train Halted.
The Nelmangla track Bifurcation point had come and Local Residents and Loco and Section Engineers performed pooja and Garlanded Loco and also distributed sweets. After a 20min Halt we started and in no time we were in Soldevnahalli Station. A min halt and Tumkur track started disappearing as we curved left to go to Nelmangla. There was speed Restriction as its new line and no freights had run, we were going at 20-30KM speed. After some distance we stopped near a bridge. On getting down we had a sign board Hand shake signal and some person went to Bridge to pull some livery n give signal. We were busy taking snaps of route and Suvarna news person also joined us. At every point wen we got down he also used to get down asking us to hold his camera n help him wen alighting n boarding back.. The train finally reached Nelmangla at 2.35PM.
At Nelmangla I went to nby tickets while santhoshg was busy takin snaps of Loco. There was some prob in Track points interchange so after trying for 10mins they finally fixed it and loco was reversed. A pooja was done again by residents and Lions Club members. I could not take much snaps of stations as I was bit busy answering my directors calls. Finally train Left back to Bang @3.10. The patronage was quite good. After moving bit Slowly we were back in Chikbanavar at 3.30 and then reached Yesvantpur outer on ORR were train stopped to get signal as some Exp train was going towards Hebbal Line.at 3.50 were . I alighted there itself as i could get bus n reach home quickly as i was bit tired, as i had walked from Malleshwaram Circle to Station and rounded all corners of SBC to check trains n locos.