Ernakulam Diesel Loco shed’s (ERS) WDG3A #14835 diesel locomotive rushes towards Idapalli with the Ernakulam – Nilambur passenger in tow. Behind the peeling and flaking paint of ERS’s standard beautiful orange and cream livery can be seen the old paint of her previous green and cream livery of the Golden Rock (Ponmalai) Diesel Loco Shed, Trichy, the shed it belong to before it was transferred to ERS. The WDG3A is a specialized goods engine but shortage of locos forces these to be used for passenger services too. This full-length photo was taken with quite a bit of difficulty at a tight angle from another train.
South Central Railway’s (SCR) spotlessly clean WDM3A Diesel locomotives (engines) #11371 and #11342 idle at Krishnarajapuram sporting the shed’s dazzling blue and white livery. The hunks look mighty and dashing with hood-mounted DBRs and spotlessly clean lines, shining in their fresh paint job. The bright red cowcatcher (the front “bumper” of the locomotive) add an especially good contrast to the overall imposing looks of the 3100 hp ALCo diesels.
The 66301 Ernakulam Jn – Kayankulam Jn MEMU arrives at Kottayam railway station looking like a huge yellow-blue colored metal worm. The train is well patronized but is almost always late, consistently. Full form and definition of MEMU is Mainline Electric Multiple Unit, which means that though it is exactly the same as the EMUs (locals) or Mumbai, Chennai etc, it runs on the mainlines just like all other trains including long distance trains. MEMUs are usually found outside main cities running between towns and cities which do not have rail-based public transport systems. Fares are the same as for passenger trains.
One of Erode’s star electric locomotives, the WAP4 #22221 with the infamous 12508 Guwahati – Trivandrum Express rushes in a hurry to stop at Aluva. The 12508 which at one time held the dubious distinction of the “most late train” on Indian Railways but was on time to the dot that day! The sun was setting and a golden glow was cast everywhere very well reflecting off the locomotive. 22221 is one of the rare Indian Railways locomotives with rear view mirrors on all its driver windows!