Train Number 06801 (TPJ-PUN) is an immensely valuable train connecting Trichy/Chennai with Pune. However the train had been a habitual late reacher. I have verified the schedules consecutively for three to four weeks.

Against the reaching time of 1150 AM at Pune it is reaching always at 1425 hours (a delay of around 2.25 hours). The following are the points where it gets stuck up:

  1. 3 AM: Before Sholapur
  2. 7 AM: At Dudhani (waits till 8.30 AM) — From here it is a single track for around two kilometers and hence the train is made to wait making clearances to all other trains.
  3. Wastage of speed after Sholapur till Daund.

I have the following suggestions: 1) Try mitigating (1) above. That should take care of (2) and (3) 2) Regularize the train reaching time as 1425 so that it would avoid giving a false promise of 1150 so that users can plan accordingly. Though not a appreciable tactic at least it will save the face of Indian Railways against the regular late running of the train.

Response from Indian Railways:

Rake of 06801 TPJ-Pune Spl was owned by S. Rly, hence attachment of pantry car in this train should be examined by S. Rly. Regarding late running of this train, due to capacity constraints on this Railway, train was not approved. Hence, this train was getting delayed for crossing other scheduled trains in single line sections.