Trivandrum Rajdhani Express High Speed Blast: Delhi-Surat Compilation

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A compilation featuring the highlights of the first day on India's longest Rajdhani in terms of distance. The tri-weekly Trivandrum Rajdhani is a superb train to travel on. Leaving Nizamuddin at 11 in the morning, it races through the plains of Uttar Pradesh till Mathura, before swerving south-westwards into Rajasthan. Past the barren terrain of Bharatpur, Bayana and Gangapur, the Rajdhani crosses Sawai Madhopur, after which it travels for sometime past the hills forming the outer boundary of the Ranthambhor Tiger Reserve, curving sharply along this stretch. The first stop is at Kota, 458 kilometres away, covered in this instance in around 4 hours and 50 minutes at an average speed of over 95 kmph.
The Rajdhani continues its south-western sprint post Kota, racing through the forests and sharp elongated curves of the Dara Pass. Subsequently, it skips the major stations of Shamgarh and Nagda, crosses the Chambal river, and sedately crosses the station of Ratlam, having covered 731 kilometres in seven hours and 30 minutes at a whopping average speed of 96 kmph.
As evening descends, the Rajdhani is hit by a 100 kmph barrier and snakes through the Panch Pipla hill ranges. We enter the state of Gujarat after Dahod and post Godhra, are able to hit up to 120 kmph where the Mumbai Rajdhani crosses us with a Ghaziabad WAP5. At Vadodara, we change traction from electric to diesel and are subsequently powered by a Golden Rock WDP3A. As we head through coastal Gujarat, we undertake two major station skips of Bharuch and Surat at a steady pace, also crossing the Narmada river after Bharuch.