Thursday, July 18, 2013

Double decker train

after a long time, had an opportunity to travel between Bangalore and Chennai by train.

having some time available, decided to try out the newly introduced double decker train, for my return, though it took a little longer than shatabdi.

for some reason, the platform for the train was not announced till quite late, just a few seconds before the train pulled into the platform.

the first impression of the train

Double decker1

did not appear very tall.. was wondering how two decks would be comfortable.

a closer look

Double Decker 2

made it clearer. the lower deck was quite low! wonder how the persons would feel, watching people’s feet, as they go past on the platform.

I guess this is how kids might feel – when they are in prams or walking with elders – with everyone else towering over you!

my seat was on the upper deck – and a window seat at that.

the luggage space was limited, but, unlike shatabdi, there were not many with airline size luggage.

Interior 1

Big windows and plug points on alternate rows .

the toilets were clean and the WC and wash basin was stainless steel like older trains, but these looked better finished.

Stainless steel wash basin  Stainless steel WC

you might notice the electrical outlet near the wash basin – which would have been compatible with multiple plug types.

and the flush operation was electronic!

Electronic flush button

the overall ride was comfortable, though the food that came on board was not very appetizing.

seemed to be limited in terms of choice and also appropriateness of timing. I could not have had a filling meal.. so decided to get home and have lunch!

the space between the seat [rows] was limited and felt constraining. the bottle holders that were attached to the front seat made the space feel more cramped. it was not very spacious to stretch one’s legs.

Cramped legroom

another point for improvement could be the entry door.

it was a sliding door, and quite heavy. for persons with luggage and also elders / children, it was difficult to push and move across.

Sliding door entrance

in spite of these limitations, I felt that the journey was comfortable.

also, being mid-week, there was not much rush and the timing at the station was also fine, with not much of a crowd.

p.s.

in this trip, I also went to and from the station in Bangalore by bus. of that, maybe some other time.. as it brought some nostalgic memories..

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