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Journey Onboard Jan Shatabdi Express

Departure from Yeswanthpur Railway Station

I planned to travel to Hubballi, the commercial city of Dharwad district in North Karnataka in the month of May 2019. I planned this trip owing to a long weekend and hence I had some time away from work. I decided to travel to Hubballi by train and this was my first day-time journey on the Bengaluru-Hubballi section.

I booked the earliest available seats to Hubballi and found the availability in train number 12079 Bengaluru-Hubballi Jan Shatabdi Express. The train departs every day in the early morning at 6 am and reaches Hubballi by 1.30 pm. It was a convenient connection to reach Hubballi as I had intended to return by Hampi Express leaving at Hubballi at 6.30 pm. So I successfully booked my train ticket onboard 12079 Bengaluru-Hubballi Jan Shatabdi Express and was allotted seat number 10W in air-conditioned chair car coach C1.

The D-day arrived and I woke up early in the morning at 5 am and freshened up with a cup of hot filter coffee. Though the train originated from Bengaluru City Railway station, I chose to board the train at Yeswanthpur Railway station as it is very convenient to reach from my home. I left for Yeswanthpur Railway station at around 5.30 am and reached within 15 minutes. The expected arrival time for the train at Yeswanthpur Railway station was around 6.10 am.

Boarding The Train

I reached the railway station well in time and had plenty of time to do railfanning. I located the train’s arrival on platform number 3 on the mainline and quickly headed to board the train. The platform was abuzz with all the passengers heading towards Hubballi by Jan Shatabdi Express. The railway station too was busy with many arrivals and trains terminating at Yeswanthpur Railway station. It was a railfan’s delight to watch the trains arriving at respective platforms in the railway stations.

Soon the train arrived bang on time at the platform. The train had a two-minute halt at Yeswanthpur Railway station and stoppage was provided mainly to facilitate en route boarding of passengers who otherwise hail from nearby residential areas such as Malleswaram, Rajajinagar, Mahalakshmi Layout, etc.

I quickly settled in my seat number 10W and was disappointed to know that the windowpane was blurred due to water dropping through the air vents. My view of the outside world was blocked with only a distorted view and rays of sunlight passing through the window.

The train left Yeswanthpur Railway station at 6.10 am after a brief halt. The travel ticket examiner on board soon began to scrutinize the tickets of all the passengers including my tickets. I presented my e-tickets with an identity card and the same was verified successfully.

Food on the Train

Our next halt was at Tumakuru for about five minutes. I was getting bored so I engrossed in reading the English newspaper I bought at Yeswanthpur Railway station. The train soon left Tumakuru and quickly resumed the usual speed. The railway line doubling works on the Bengaluru-Miraj section were in progress and much of the work was completed within the Birur rail section.

I was unable to do railfanning due to a distorted view of the window and saw many trains pass by towards Bengaluru. I did not have any breakfast in the morning. I thus ordered for a breakfast through IRCTC’s e-catering service. The service is offered to the passengers with a valid PNR number and a confirmed train ticket. I ordered for idly and vada and paid for the food online and booked for the same through IRCTC’s e-catering app. The booking was accepted by an authorized food vendor at Arsikere Junction. Soon the train arrived at Arsikere Junction and my food was delivered by the food vendor. The food packet consisted of hot idly and vada served with sambhar and coconut chutney. I enjoyed the wholesome breakfast and the taste of the food was relishing.

We were soon approaching the twin cities of Davanagere and Harihara at around noon. As I wanted to enjoy the view of the outside world, I desperately needed a window seat. Hence I approached the travel ticket examiner for help and enquired about the availability of any vacant seat. The travel ticket examiner opined to exchange the seat at Davanagere and I was allotted a seat with the window in the last row of C1 coach. It was also time to have lunch and as I did not carry lunch on board, this time too I decided to order food from IRCTC’s e-catering app. I was provided an option to order for North Indian Thali which was available for service at Davanagere station. I quickly made the booking and ordered the food online. As soon as Davanagere station approached for a two-minute halt, a food vendor ensured hassle-free delivery of my lunch in my seat.

I relished the wholesome lunch which consisted of two chapatis, dal gravy, jeera rice, curds, and pickles. After lunch, I decided to gaze through the window and one could spot beautiful views of the countryside filled with agricultural fields and farms. Soon our last halt before Hubballi station arrived at Haveri. The railway station was deserted as it was a hot afternoon and the train soon left for Hubballi. We reached Hubballi station bang on time at around 1 pm in the afternoon. I got down with a sense of relief and satisfaction from completing the first-day time journey to Hubballi.

The Hubballi Retiring Room

Soon upon my arrival at Hubballi junction railway station, I headed to the station master’s room to make an inquiry related to my retiring room booking. I had booked a retiring room at Hubballi railway station for a four-hour stay through IRCTC’s web portal i.e. www.rr.irctctourism.com. I was allotted a room and the same was confirmed online. The manager at the railway retiring room allotted a double-bedded air-conditioned room for my stay.

I occupied the room without any hassles and the room was neatly maintained with the basic furnishings and an air-conditioner. I took a nap for about two hours and woke up at around 5 pm. I ventured outside and grabbed a cup of coffee from the coffee vendor on platform number 1 of Hubballi Railway station.

I returned to my room and decided to pack up for the day. My return journey to Bengaluru was onboard Hampi Express leaving Hubballi at 6.30 pm. I checked out of my room at 5.30 pm and headed to platform number 3 to board the train. The railway station display board indicated the departure of my train from platform 3 but the train had not yet arrived.

After a patient wait for about 20 minutes, the train finally arrived from the yard. I occupied my designated coach of air-conditioned First Class i.e. coach number H1. There were no passengers in the air-conditioned First-class coach from Hubballi. I was informed that one passenger will board from Hubballi and two others will board from Koppal in my coach.


Return to Bengaluru by Hampi Express

I was aware that the train did not have any pantry coach attached to meet the food requirement of the passengers. I once again ordered my dinner online through IRCTC’s e-catering app. I ordered for a Maharaja style dinner thali and it was delivered just ten minutes prior to the departure of the train. The train left bang on time from Hubballi at 6.30 pm. The train had a long route to reach Bengaluru via Annigere, Gadag, Hospet, Ballari, and Guntakal. I enjoyed the scenic views from the coach’s window and soon it was dark outside. I was feeling bored and had nothing to do.

I quickly munched the dinner ordered from Hubballi railway station. After dinner, I chatted with the co-passenger for a while after Gadag. Until the arrival of Hosapete at 9 pm, I managed to do some railfanning by hopping off at every station. Soon I decided to close it for the day and headed to my berth to sleep.

The next day as I woke up, we had already left Yelahanaka railway station and I had to prepare to disembark at my destination at Yeshwantpur Railway station. Soon the destination arrived at around 7.15 am. I quickly marched out of the railway station and reached home by 8 am. Thus my two-day solo trip to Hubballi and back, ended on a happy and satisfactory note.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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