The Mysore Shatabdi Headed by a Spotless “Milkybar” WAP7!

The Prince of Southern Railway, the 12007 Chennai Central – Bangalore – Mysore Shatabdi Express blasts towards Baiyyappanahalli 10 minutes before time headed by a freshly POH-ed (Periodically Overhauled) WAP7, the gleaming, spotlessly clean #30357 of Royapuram Electric Loco Shed, Chennai. I was able to capture the entire train with its all-LHB consist for this photo while the WAP7 was blasting towards the curve at around 100 kph. Fresh-looking, spotlessly clean WAP7s are rare since they gather dirt very easily and all-white shining WAP7s are fondly called “Milkybars” 🙂 It is also rare that the Shatabdi is hauled by a WAP7. It usually gets a WAM4 though it does not have a fixed link (dedicated locomotive class) to haul it.

Nature’s Mirror: The Serene Blue Muvattupuzha River at Dawn

The clam waters full up to the banks of the Muvattupuzha river of central Kerala lie like a corrugated mirror reflecting the vegetation on its banks, the clouds and sky of the early morning in a blue-and-yellow haze as upstream a light mist hangs over the bridge. This photo was taken early morning from a train as it passed over the bridge just before the Piravam Road station on the Ernakulam – Kottayam section of the Trivandrum division, Southern Railway. The Muvattupuzha river flows through much of Ernakulam district and a bit of Kottayam district. It passes through much beautiful locales, the banks of the river for much of its stretch have been declared a heritage project. This is how Mother Nature looks herself in the mirror every morning 🙂