Veteran WAM4 6PE #21339 “Old Monk” of Southern Railway’s Arakkonam (AJJ) shed speeds past Hebbal with the 21 coach load of the 02846 Bangalore Yeshwantpur – Bhubaneshwar Summer Special trailing behind. WAM4 6PE means a 4th version Broad Gauge (W) AC-Electric (A) Mixed Duty (M) locomotive for both passenger and freight services with 6 Traction Motors in Parallel (P) and Air Braked (E). The Old Monk is 32 years old and was manufactured in 1982! It was recently beautifully repainted at Arakkonam in brilliant deep orange and yellow which sadly appear muted in this photo thanks to the overhead sun and the shadows of the trees. I have still a lot to learn about photography, still!
One of Indian Railway’s most successful and highest revenue generating trains, the 12246 Bangalore Yeshwantpur – Kolkata Howrah Duronto Express blasts past Sadananda Nagar in Bangalore on the very first leg of its journey under a scorching sun. A blazing red WAP4 #22500 of the Santragachi electric loco shed of the South Eastern Railway (SER) was in charge. This single locomotive alone completes the entire (technically) non-stop journey of 2000 km. The train is waitlisted year round.
The Walayar – Coimbatore part of the Palakkad – Coimbatore section of the National Highway 47 (new number NH 744) which runs from Kanyakumari to Salem via Kerala. Half-finished flyovers and overbridges dot the stretch of the two-lane road marred by potholes and twists and turns which is such a contrast from the awesome three-lane highways of the rest of Tamil Nadu. The area though presents spectacular scenery against the backdrops of the Western Ghat hills of the Palakkad Gap. Those structures in between belong to some factory of some sort.
On a gloomy day, Indian Railways’ WDG4 class twin diesel locomotives haul a long rake of BCNA wagons past the curve at Bayyappanahalli in Bangalore. WDG4 #12639 is in the lead. The two locomotives, originally manufactured by EMD USA and then built in India, together amount to 8000 bhp.
A picture of the 32-floor office skyscraper building of the “World Trade Center” in Bangalore, part of the Brigade Gateway complex at Rajajinagar near Yeshwantpur in Bangalore. The Pandita Deenadayala Flyover is the official name of the Yeshwantpur Flyover. If you see the building as slightly dark or blurred as if it were behind a wall of smoke or out of focus, there is nothing wrong with your eyes. There was nothing wrong with the camera as well. This is exactly how the building looks like when seen from the Yeshwantpur TTMC (bus station). Yes, it is thanks to pollution. Bangalore is becoming horribly polluted thanks to the explosion of vehicles in the city and the entitlement of people who want everything for themselves, while being least bothered about the environment they live in.
Southern Railways’ Royapuram shed’s (RPM) #30363 stands at the head of the 12-coach load of the 22626 Bangalore City (SBC) – Chennai Central (MAS) AC Double Decker Superfast Express. The red-and-yellow livery of the Double Decker, unique on Indian Railways stretches and curves behind the brand-new 6350 hp beast. The WAP7 is also known as as the “Milky Bar” among Railfans. The location is Bayyappanahalli in Bangalore. This train, despite all its shortcomings is one of my all-time favorites and hopefully is a sign of better things to come on Indian Railways. Also, it is very photogenic. If only the sun was out on that day!