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 a few minutes in some tiny railway station or fields, like this one in Alakkudi.
I even got a chance to take this photo during the Alakkudi stop in front of a rice field (Thanjavur is called the Rice granary of Tamil Nadu).