This January (2012) for a co-workers wedding I visited Thanjavur (Tanjore) along with my good friend E.Ravi. We travelled from Chennai to Thanjavur by Rock Fort Express night train leaving Chennai Egmore at 22:30 and reaching Thanjavur the next day morning around 6:30.
Since we had booked for this nearly 70 days back we could get berths in First AC, which was comfortable with wide berths and clean toilets – there were indicators in the coupe for occupancy of toilets (seen below).
The coupe even had a sign listing of items and services provided in First AC Coaches (seen below).
It is always fun to get down when the train does an unscheduled stop for few minutes in some tiny railway station or fields, like this one in Alakkudi.
I even got a chance to take this photograph during the Alakkudi stop in front of a rice field (Thanjavur is called the Rice granary of Tamil Nadu).