The “Supercrawler” Alappuzha – Dhanbad Express in Full Form

The famous 13352 Alappuzha – Dhanbad/Tata “supercrawler” Express rushes past all the greenery with the RPM WAP4 #22872 towards its next halt, Thrissur. It was quite a task getting the train in this frame as it was going at good speed despite its name and reputation. This train is quite an anachronism as against tradition it has very less stops in Kerala and a lot of stops everywhere else!

Kerala SRTC Volvo B9R at the Vyttila Mobility Hub at Daybreak

As day breaks, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) brand new multi-axle Volvo B9R 9400 sporting KSRTC’s internal registration number RS790 of the Trivandrum depot arrives at the Vyttila Mobility Hub in Ernakulam on its long journey from Bangalore to Thiruvananthapuram. The bus idles as the sky gradually brightens. The bus was full and a lot of people got on board from the Ernakulam stop as well. Check out the reflection of coconut trees on the windows of this long vehicular behemoth!

The Great Marathahalli Traffic Jam – at Night.

Traffic Jam at Marathahalli in Bangalore under the bridge towards both sides at around 10 in the night! The junction of the “IT corridors” Marathahalli is getting to be the worst place in Bangalore with decrepit, crumbling infrastructure, very high levels of pollution and toxic gases from the gazillion vehicles in the area. Despite the availability of exellent public transportation in the area, people refuse to leave their cars and instead blame public transport for the traffic mess!! #facepalm

The Island Stretches out at Kottayam with 22391 in the Lead

The 16525 Island Express to Bangalore stretches out in length at Kottayam railway station with all of its gleaming 2012 and 2013 manufactured coaches on a hot, cloudless sunny afternoon. Erode’s newly overhauled workhorse WAP4 #22391 heads the train standing tall looking all majestic and powerful though a bit splattered with dirt. The ERS-KYJ MEMU waits at the end of the other platform, whose blue and red colors can be seen reflecting on the coaches of the Island. Despite its “supercrawler” status, the Island is one of my favorite trains mainly because of all the nostalgia associated with since I have been regularly traveling on it since 1999 🙂 And this is the second time I have captured the Island behind the #22391! Here is the first.

A C-130J Super Hercules of the Indian Air Force

A massive Lockheed-Martin C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft with tail number KC-3806 of the Indian Air Force on display at the Bangalore Aeroshow 2013. India had bought 6 C-130J Super Hercules planes from the US manufacturer at a cost of about Rs.1000 Crore each. But one of them had crashed near Gwalior on March 24 2014. These four-turboprop-engined planes are among the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft which are highly maneuverable just like jet fighters, despite their size. Presently India has given orders for 6 more C-130Js.

Spotlessly Clean WAP4 22665 In-Your-Face!

Gleaming spotless in the Kerala summer sun, Erode’s freshly painted electric loco WAP4 #22665 looks in mint-fresh condition as it slams around a curve as it approaches  Kalamasserry station near Ernakulam in Kerala with the 12075 Trivandrum – Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express. The train on the opposite track was the two-hour late running Yeshwantpur – Kochuveli Garib Rath Express. Its bright off-red puts up a contrasting picture from the green all around. This close up photo of the WAP4 was taken when it was doing around 80 kph. Rarely do you get to see such a spotlessly clean locomotive in India!