The WAP7 Hurries Past Kasturi Nagar with the Sanghamitra Express

Southern Railway’s Royapuram shed’s WAP7 #30363 leading the 12295 Sanghamitra Superfast Express from Bangalore to Patna hurries past Kasturi Nagar  in Bangalore (between Baiyyappanahalli and Krishnarajapuram) on a bright sunny morning. This is the spot where the Yeshwantpur – Hosur railway line passes over the Bangalore – Chennai rail line and later over Old Madras Road. The WAP7 was at quite a pace though tis road number seriously needs repainting. Here is another picture of the same locomotive with the Bangalore – Chennai AC Double Decker. The WAP7 has recently become Sanga’s regular loco link, earlier it was being hauled by a RPM WAP4.

Scandinavian Airshow’s Grumman turns out Saffron, White, Green!

Scandianavian Airshow is an air-acrobatics flying team from Balsta, Sweden. They made their maiden appearance in Bangalore AeroIndia air show in 2015 with their trademark “wing-walking” air acrobatics (branded Catwalk) showcasing their bright yellow Grumman G-164A Ag Cat propeller plane. The bright yellow of the plane leaving behind trails of saffron, white and green against the bright blue sky makes a good study in contrast! Two acrobats are hitched on the wings and oe on the top of the plane who perform stunts while the plane is flying! Goes without saying that the team were kickass!

The Balanpillacity Fast Blasts Around a Bend on the KK Road

Trees and vegetation blur away as Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s RNE511 Fast Passenger bus of the Kumily depot blasts around one of the numerous corners on the Kottayam – Kumily Road (KK Road) as it approaches Vandiperiyar near Kumily on its long journey from Kottayam to Balapillacity via Kumily and Kambammettu. This is an epic highrange route coursing through much of Idukki district’s hilly terrain. The Ashok Leyland bus is running one of KSRTC’s newest services which was taken over from the private operator Kondody Motors. Note how even on this sharp turn the bus stays perfectly inside the continuous white line! This is how driving has to be, and not cutting across the line on corners as most people in India do. If you try those stunts on highrange roads you might end up under some other wheels… Tried a bit of camera panning from a moving vehicle. I was in another KSRTC Fast, the Ernakulam – Kottayam – Kumily – Thekkady FP which was chasing down and finally overtook this one.

Bangalore’s Autorickshaw Traffic Mess

Sea of autorickshaws at the round-the-clock traffic jam at Hudson Circle in the heart of Bangalore. I count 21 autos here! They cause traffic problems, pollution and whatnot, and people complain about this mess and autorickshaws all the time and still continue to take autos paying more than what would cost to travel in an air conditioned BMTC Volvo. Half of the pollution in the city comes from autorickshaws and most drivers are anti-social elements. These eyesores should be outlawed. Hopefully the online taxi revolution should teach these daylight robbers a lesson.

The Zuari Railway Bridge over the Zuari River, Goa

The famous Zuari railway bridge at Agaçaim near Cortalem, North Goa, India. This 1319 meter long single-track bridge carries the Konkan Railway over the Zuari river and is a star attraction for railfans and tourists alike. This photo was taken from the road bridge of the same name which carries the NH17 (Ernakulam – Panvel) running parallel to the Konkan Railway. The Zuari opens up after the bridge, coming to nearly three times in width in its tidal parts as it makes its way to the Arabian sea at Mormugao. The Zuari bridge is also known as the “Konkan Railway Bridge” maybe because of its visibility and stance, though there are many other bridges, some ever longer and bigger than the Zuari bridge. The bridge continues inside (from the point where the photo is taken and runs above the highway, crossing it. The other side of the road bridge has pretty good places to shoot selfies 🙂 I was unlucky enough to not spot even a single train though I waited for quite a long time 🙁 Photo was taken from here: