Panvel-Thane train is a bliss! But know the tips

Every time I had to travel by train from Seawoods to Koparkhairane, I had to go for any of the following routes:
1 - Take a CST train from Seawoods, get off at Sanpada and then take a train to Thane (that has a very poor frequency).
2 - Take a CST train from Seawoods, get off at Nerul and then take a train to Thane (the Nerul-Thane route).

But this once, I really timed my journey and I was more than pleased. I took the direct Panvel-Thane slow train and had to change no train to reach Koparkhairane. It just took 20 minutes to cover the distance! The train was not crowded at all and I could board a general compartment. Why general compartment? Well, coz the ladies compartment did not arrive where it ideally does. And there's a reason for that - Read Tip number 2.

  1. The Panvel-Thane train reached Seawoods at 7:09 pm. The time table however shows 7:12 pm. So keep a buffer of at least 5 minutes when you are not a regular commuter of this route.
  2. The trains' compartments are actually reversed (I think between Panvel and Juinagar / Turbhe) since the train kinda takes a U-turn on it's way as it changes tracks. Example: The first ladies second class compartment is actually the last one here. So if you are calculating where exactly your ladies / first / second class compartment will halt at the platform, I guess you should ask someone or consider a reverse order. So a 3rd compartment in a 9-coach train would actually be the 7th compartment! This was true when the train halted at Seawoods station.


Kunal said...

The tip no 2 sound to be quiet useful for ladies, as this confusion happens almost every day with this train.