Good Samaritans in Mumbai local trains

This is your blog post!

That's right. I've spoken a lot in this blog. Now it's your turn. How often it happens we come across a stranger who helps us in the smallest possible way in a Mumbai local train and before we can even see the good Samaritan's face, he / she disappears in thin air!

Well, this is your chance to thank the person... who knows the good soul might be reading this! Inviting you to share any good deed in the Mumbai local trains... a person offering you a seat, someone just giving you a smile on a dull day, someone helping you alight from the train when you give up all hope...For instance, I was trying to board a Vashi local last week with a heavy suitcase. This guy saw how inconvenient it was for me and helped me out. It made my day after a super hectic traveling schedule!

So what are you waiting for? Pen your small / big experiences in the comments section and I'll update it on this blog post (of course, with a link to your blog... in case the person you are thanking needs to say "welcome"!)

And here you go!
Mumbai Paused (hope the link is right): "I once passed out on a very crowded peak hour Malad to CGate fast. I don't remember much but I was offered place to sit and drinking water materialised out of thin air. And I was allowed easy passage out at Mum Central." 
Niket: I don't understand how the Mumbaikars failed to comment on this one... This incident happened with me when I was traveling in the 2nd class compartment toward Borivali during the peak hour and this man literally sneezed on my back and by the time I turned, everyone was staring at me (instead of at the person who sneezed). Anyways, my sincere vote of thanks to that ill mannered rustic creature! And now you would wonder what the hell on earth has pricked my grey matter that here I am thanking a prick who should have received a good sounding instead. Imagine, a friend of mine was actually sneezed at, RIGHT ON HIS FACE! hahaha...
Ozymandias: And this I heard in the train yesterday. A passenger sitting by me suddenly addressed another one sitting nearby.
P1: "Friday maine dekha tha tumko." (I saw you on Friday) P2: Hmmm P1: Tum peeke gutter mein pade the...(You were drunk and lying in the gutter) P2: Haan...(Yes...) P1: Aaj sab theek hai? (Is everything alright today?)
And I said to myself, "Wow". Either P1 respected that P2 was a mature adult who could be expected to take care of himself and know good and bad; and yet respected him as an individual and equal OR P2 was such a callous person that he would let his friend rot in the gutter as he passed by, and then insensitively raise the issue next day! Humans never fail to surprise! 

Wadala to Belapur / Panvel new timetable

Here's the updated Wadala (Vadala) to Belapur / Panvel time table effective from 29th May 2010.

PS: As you can notice (in red font), some local trains are leaving Vadala station within an interval of 15 mins. If there is some error in this time table, do let us know.

Thane-Nerul-Belapur-Panvel trains' timetable

New train services are introduced on the transharbour line (Thane-Nerul-Belapur-Panvel) from 29th May 2010. Listed below is the updated time table:

PS: As you can notice (in red font), some Thane to Nerul and Thane to Panvel local trains are leaving Thane at almost the same time. If you are aware that some Thane-Nerul trains have been converted to Thane-Panvel and if there is some duplication in this transharbour line time table, do let us know.

Click here for Panvel-Nerul-Thane latest timetable.
Click here for trans-harbour line's 12-coach local trains timetable.

Mumbai local trains status

16th June 11 am update: Western line trains running 20 mins late
Central and Harbour line trains also running late

Central Railway gets better than WR

I stayed in western suburbs until late 2008. And on rare occasions
when I had to travel on the central line, I used to find it a bit
uncomfortable. But now I realise that it was only due to the smaller
ladies first class compartments. Minus that, after travelling on the
central line for over an year now I must admit CR is far better! The
crowd in the trains, the regular addition of services and routes and
the improvements implemented are really commendable. Check out the TOI
today (June 14, 2010) and you would know what I mean. Every few
months, additinal train services are included in the transharbour line
and I'm only glad to keep updating the train timetables on this blog!
PS sorry for the recent delay in updating timetables, but I'm
travelling around India a lot these days. Will update asap.

Thane - Vashi - Thane Ladies Special Trains!

Latest update:
New timetable has been introduced from February 2012 and ladies special train will now leave Thane station at 9.50 am: Thane Vashi Local Train Time Table 2012

Older post: 

With the introduction of new train services on the Transharbour route, 2 ladies special trains are also introduced between Thane and Vashi stations. Though I still wonder if it's worth it coz when you look at the timings of these ladies special trains, you'd realise that at those timings the ladies compartments aren't very crowded in any case. Shouldn't they have introduced these at peak hours? Are these trains really a respite?

Anyways, here are the time tables of the Thane-Vashi and Vashi-Thane ladies special (Matrubhumi) trains:

New Panvel-Nerul-Thane trains' timetable on Transharbour line from 29th May 2010

New train services are introduced on the transharbour line (Panvel - Nerul - Thane) from 29th May 2010. Pls find the updated time table here:

PS: As you can notice (in red font), some Panvel to Thane and Nerul to Thane trains are reaching Thane at almost the same time. If you are aware that some Nerul-Thane trains have been converted to Panvel-Thane and if there is some duplication in this transharbour line time table, do let us know.

Click here for Thane-Nerul-Belapur-Panvel trains' latest timetable
Click here for trans-harbour line's 12-coach local trains timetable.