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For Travel Freaks March 29, 2007

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Indian Railways.

I read this interesting article on MSN about aviation buffs who fly on inaugural flights / landmark flights just for the heck of it. It reminded me of the many crazy trips I have taken, especially in Oman – where I used to travel long distances in buses and make quick return journeys – thus indulging in my love for luxury coaches – especially the Mercedes-Benz 0404 and Hyundai Aerospace LD.

It also reminds me of the frequent train journeys I used to take in India in 2004 – just for the heck of it – especially in the Trivandrum-Kollam-Kottayam sector in Kerala. It evidently got to a point that anybody in the neighbourhood who wanted some work done involving long distances and had to go through the pains of a train journey to get it done started approaching me for the same.

My passion for ‘railexperiencing’ have sent me on journeys as far as Bangalore, Renigunta / Tirupati, Madurai and Chennai from Kerala. Get to the station, spent a few hours in the place, before finding the next available train back to my home town. Though these travels would seem quite ‘freaky’ to a lot, there is so much fun and excitement in it.

Just ask Andrew Gibbons, who belongs to a super-elite subspecies of frequent fliers who chase inaugural flights because they adore airlines, airplanes, even airports, and want to be part of airline milestones.



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