Leaving From Bengaluru
t was in April 2018 that we had planned to visit Mysuru for a personal visit. I booked the tickets for myself and my mother on IRCTC's e-ticket booking portal. We had intended to travel by 12614 Bengaluru-Mysuru Tipu Express which departed from Bengaluru at 3.15 pm in the afternoon. We had opted to board from Kengeri railway station, the nearest railhead to my house in West Bengaluru.
The booking on IRCTC's web portal was successful and we were allotted a window seat and an aisle seat in the air-conditioned Chair Car coach C1. Tipu Express is the popular superfast express train connecting Bengaluru and Mysuru. It departs from Mysuru at 11.30 am as the train number 12613 and departs from Bengaluru in the return direction at 3.50 pm.
The train also has a rake-sharing arrangement or RSA with 12725/12726 Bengaluru-Dharwad Siddaganga Intercity Express leaving from Bengaluru at 1 pm and 20651 Bengaluru-Shivamogga Superfast Intercity Express departing from Bengaluru at 3 pm. The Tippu Express to Mysuru departing from Bengaluru is assigned with the incoming rake of either 12726 Dharwad-Bengaluru Siddaganga Intercity-Express or 20652 Shivamogga-Bengaluru Superfast Intercity express, as both the trains arrive in the afternoon at Bengaluru railway station.
Boarding Tipu Express
The D-day arrived and we prepared to leave from home at around 2 pm. The expected arrival time at Kengeri railway station was around 3.40 pm. I booked an app-based taxi to reach the Kengeri railway station and reached within thirty minutes at around 2.30 pm. Soon an announcement was made regarding the arrival of our train on platform number 3 which is the mainline on Bengaluru to the Mysuru rail section.
We reached platform number 3 through the foot over-bridge and settled down on the bench. It was time for me to do some railfanning. There were no arrivals at the railway station at that point in time. I sipped a cup of hot coffee available from the restaurant on the railway platform.
Soon the display board on the railway station indicated the coach position. Our coach C1 was located at the rear side of the train's rake and moved to the other side of the platform. Soon it was 3.40 pm and the train arrived on the platform bang on time. The travel ticket examiner was at the door expecting the passengers to board the train. We boarded the train quickly as the halt at Kengeri railway station was only for five minutes. We settled down in the seat assigned to us in the booking ticket.
Soon the travel ticket examiner approached our seat and verified the e-ticket and identity cards. I took out Sami Da's Indian Rail atlas and started to look out of the window. I made observations of the enroute railway station by referring to the map. The train did not have any commercial stops except at Kengeri and Mandya. The commercial stop at the Kengeri railway station was provided for the benefit of nearby residents and to decongest the Bengaluru railway station.
Arriving at Mysuru
Soon we crossed Bidadi, Ramanagara, Chennapatna, Maddur, Mandya, Pandavapura, and Sri Rangapatna railway stations in quick succession. The train otherwise had a designated halt at Mandya railway station. I got down there to get some fresh air and munched the popular snack Maddur Vada with a hot cup of coffee.
We arrived at Mysuru railway station at around 5.30 pm onto platform number 6. We quickly disembarked from the train and proceeded to the main entrance of the railway station through the newly developed pedestrian subway in the railway station, that connected to platform number 1. We then stood in the queue to hail a pre-paid auto-rickshaw to reach our destination at Jay Prakash Nagar. Thus our short trip to Mysuru ended on a happy note in the hot April summer!
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