Thursday, 28 August 2014

Karmali Railway Station, Goa

Karmali Station
Karmali = Carambolim = Kormbole
Konkan Railways Route. KR Zone
Taluka: Tiswadi, North Goa 403402
Tel:(0832) 2285798

Karmali / KRMI

2 kms from Old Goa Churches
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This Frontal Station pic taken in June 2009 (see more older pics below)



The same in Aug. 2014 (below)

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Karmali Railway Station is 2 km from Old Goa. Walking distance 15mins. Rickshaw charging Rs.100 which is too high (Rs.40 normal). Taxi may charge 200 for short distance.
Check here Taxi pre-paid chart for different popular destinations. 
Those with light baggage can walk upto old Goa then take bus to Panaji (Rs.12). If you lucky, you might get a bus on the way from the Station, Bus will stop anywhere on the road. (Fare Rs.15 to Panaji). There are not many buses on this route, may be one every 30-40 minutes

Prepaid Taxi Chart - August 2014

Larger view / Reading
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Trains Arrival / Departure Chart
Please note: Timings usually changes during Monsoon
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Larger view
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Train Ticket fare chart
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Larger view
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Tea, Samosa, Bhaji or Boje  from canteen, Tea Stall
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Rs. 25 (7T +10+8)



Road opp Station, Main Road to North south Goa viz  Old Goa Panaji, Margao, Vasco
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The Station
  
  


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Taxi stand  
  
Towards Main Road


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Hidden board creepers all around


 
Konkan Kanya Express
Footbridge platform guard
 
 Platform 1, 2, footbridge, Tracks etc

Platform ticket
If you are not a traveller, please buy platform ticket Rs.5 for entry into platform, valid for 2 hours


A view from the station
Chapel of Our Lady of Mount, Old goa

Height 7.354 above Main sea level (MSL)
 
Drinking water
 
 

Running water, wasting water
Station Park lawns
 
a hilly green view
 
carambolim Lake Church, hill view
 
Church of St John Facundo (1610), Corlim Goa
 
    
Road over bridge
 
Kochuveli - Lokamanya Tilak Train
 
Lake view
 
 
 
Platform 2
 

Leaking ceiling , water collected in a bin
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Video: Double Decker Train
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2n4V3xIM9c

 Double Decker Train
The newly introduced DD premium  Ganapati Special Train was not very popular.
Journey time 11 hours stopping at thane, Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri and Kankavli
It was full a/c chair (seating only) Bombay LTT to KRMI (Karmali) and back, on alternate days from
22nd August till 10th Sept making 10+10 trips up and down.  One train was cancelled  due to goods train derailment on the route.
It's actual load was  about 10-12% of it capacity which is around 960.
One time spotted  just 5 Pax alighting at Karmali the last station and the second time only 3.

Main reasons for poor response, I think,  not enough publicity and fare comparatively higher, more than 3AC fare of a regular mail/express train. 
These types of premium trains have dynamic  fare structure like that of Air Travel. Meaning, fare goes up as per demand.
Lowest fare was around 1,100 but it can go upto Rs.2,000. I tried once and it was showing up 1,550. It will only show up just before you enter your payment details
The fare includes taxes (around 50) and Catering charges which is around Rs.250.



Daily  Mandovi & Konkan Kanya fare from this station to Mumbai
Rs.380 Sleeper, 3AC Rs.1015, 2AC Rs.1465 and 1AC 2480
Mumbai Express  ex Madgaon 420 SL, 1100 3AC and 1570 2AC
Shatabdi Ex.  Madgao  Rs.270 and 930 AC Chair (CC)


By Road, Volvo a/c buses fare ranges from 700 to 1200)


Food on DD was good, according to a source (Inbound Pax). Plus free tea/coffee, welcome drinks etc
Premium Trains usually get all these/ Menu like that of Duronto and Rajdhani.
The train had one Pantry van and 1 or 2 Generator / Guard van (normal or STD size compartments) - see pic

Other reasons  could be:
- Ticket only through internet and not at booking counter.
- No reserve ticket like ladies quota, tatkal etc not even wait-listed tickets. No concession either. No half ticket, not even to children
- Once ticket bought no refund  except when the train is cancelled.
- No booking through agents
- There were others Ganapati special trains too on the  same route  or sector

Looks like the DD train never came on time, always delayed by several hours (like many trains)
except on it last trip it came around right time i.e. just after 4.30pm.

Each compartment has 120 seats.
One has to use steps (4 steps only) either to go down to lower deck or  up on the upper deck
Few seats also available at the entrance level. see seating plan chart

 pics
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approaching, tracks
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Upper deck
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Lower deck
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 Seating plan, 120  per compartment
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 Pantry, generator, guard, luggage van
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see the size/height difference of normal and double decker compartment
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News update 18.9.14
DOUBLE DECKER is back


SPECIAL TRAIN FOR DIWALI AND DURGA PUJA
(Not a PREMIUM train this time)            
It has been decided to run AC Double Decker special train between LTT and Karmali on Konkan Railway route during Durga Puja and Diwali to clear extra rush of passengers. The details are as under :
  1. Train no. 02005 / 02006 LTT – Karmali – LTT AC Double Decker special (Reserved) :
    Train no. 02005 LTT – Karmali will leave from LTT at 0530 hrs and reach Karmali at 1630 hrs same day. The train will run on October 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, and 30.
    Train no. 02006 Karmali – LTT will leave from Karmali at 0600 hrs and reach LTT at 1740 hrs same day. The train will run on October 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, and 31.
    The train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, and Sawantwadi stations. The train will have 11 coaches, including 8 double decker coaches, 2 power cars, and one pantry car.
  1. Train no. 02005 / 02006 LTT – Karmali – LTT AC Double Decker special (Reserved) :
    Train no. 02005 LTT – Karmali will leave from LTT at 0530 hrs and reach Karmali at 1600 hrs same day. The train will run on November 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
    Train no. 02006 Karmali – LTT will leave from Karmali at 0700 hrs and reach LTT at 1740 hrs same day. The train will run on November 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12.
    The train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Sawantwadi, Kudal, Thivim stations. The train will have 11 coaches, including 8 double decker coaches, 2 power cars, and one pantry car.
Update: AC Double Decker Special will also stop at Kudal and Thivim stations.
    Looks like this time there is no Dynamic Fare structure,
(Not a PREMIUM train this time)   a  flat fare of Rs.800+22
net booking LTT-KRMI. (no free catering)
Also showing up 40/50% discount to Senior Citizens
Men (60)/Women (58). Men pay 517 (Women would be 422).
Checked on net booking on 21.9.14.
Please note:
The train also goes to Madgaon MAO for servicing.
You may save Rs.22 per ticket if bought at ticket counter.

Video: Konkan Kanya Exp. arrives 26.8.14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgyFFGChG8c


Some older pics
taken in June 2009
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 platforms

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Prepaid Taxi chart (old)
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Lake
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Video: Trains at the station
Ganpati, Sampark Kranti, Konkan Kanya, Double Decker.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cutShNBj-t0

Update: 15.11.15

Goa has it own Rajdhani Express Train starting 22.11.15.
Inaugural run / Train was flagged off at Madgaon Station by Railways Minister Suresh  Prabhu on 15.11.15 see pics and video below.
The train likely to make stop at Karmali Station too as suggested by Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on the inaugural day at Margao.

Train fare: MAO - NZM
FC 6125, 2AC 3665 and 3AC 2635

Some pics

Commissioning of Goa – Rajdhani Train
Inaugural run 15.11.15

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Video- Rajdhani inaugural run

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti94VwP3biI

Update: 6.12.15
Goa gets another new train
This time, its double decker fully a/c train (Seating only)
3 times a week, leaving Margao 6am and arrives Kurla/LTT Mumbai before 6pm same day. It will stop at Karmali and Thivim in Goa.
The train has 3 decks. Upper deck, middle deck and lower deck.
Airplane type seats except seat belts. Fare likely around 1,000.
Had inaugural run today 6.12.15 from Madgaon (MAO)
Video: External, internal of train plus Margao city view, road overbridge, Majorda Station, Verna Station, Cortalim, Zuari bridge, Khazans, Carambolim or Karmali etc.
Watch till the end. thank you.
 
Seats
 
Stairs to lower deck
 upper deck / Lower Deck
 
External
 

Decorated Engine Margao / Karmali
 

Babita Angle MMC Chairperson and Regional Manager (KR) Indu
Flagging off

Extra
Karmali Station

 
This blog moved, for all updates Tejas express etc click here
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