The Chennai – Bangalore – Mysore Shatabdi in all its Glory!

A long-range photograph showing the blue LHB rake interspersed with some unique white liveried coaches of the Prince of the Southern Railway, the 12007 Chennai – Bangalore – Mysore Shatabdi Express, as it glides past an open field after passing Jolarpettai junction hauled by Erode’s WAP4 #22549, at the point where the JTJ bypass meets the Chennai – Bangalore main line. This is also the point where Southern Railway and South Western Railway meet. I had captured the Shatabdi before with a WAM4 and a WAP7. The heavily patronized Shatabdi is the premier train between Bangalore and Chennai.

In #CommunistKerala, You Turn Right to go to Moscow!

A road direction sign board on a local road in Kottayam district, Kerala. Yes, what you see is actually the name of a village junction, and not some international signboard. In a state with huge communist leanings it is no accident that there are many places named ‘Moscow’ there! The only anomaly is that instead of left, you have to turn right to get to this Moscow! 🙂 Taken through a car windshield which explains the glossiness of the picture.

A Photograph of Rain. That Looks Like a Painting.

Rain falls in sheets during the Kerala monsoon and all the flora around: the baby mango tree on the left side with its leaves glistening with rain water, the something tree on the right and the jackfruit and coconut trees in the background, all are only too happy about it! 🙂 This photograph was taken in HDR mode and you can clearly see the streaks of rain drops falling! Doesn’t it look like a painting? I think it does 🙂

“Stickered Up” KSRTC Super Fast RPK 127 of Muvattupuzha!

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) Ashok Leyland Viking bus RPK 127 Super Fast of the Muvattupuzha depot runs the daily service from Thiruvananthapuram to Muvattupuzha, here spotted on the abomination of a “highway” called the MC Road, just after Kottayam in Kerala. This service is famous for its aggressiveness and speed, as are most services from the Muvattupuzha depot. The sticker work seen on the front of the bus was done by the schedule drivers (Pratheesh Kumar and Sarish Thadathil) by paying from their own pockets! (as per Bus Passengers Muvattupuzha) The classic yellow and red “speed” livery stands unblemished by advertisements. It is sad that such a nice bus’ (and the passengers’) backs will be broken by the stupid road.

The Full-Flowing Bharathapuzha River During the Monsoon

The Bharathapuzha river, the longest flowing river in Kerala flows (almost) to the brim all muddy and swirling amidst heavy rains during the Monsoons in June 2015. The river, known poetically as the Nila in Malayalam, has shaped the culture and ways of life of Valluvanadu (southern Malabar). But the Nila is in dire straits today, victim of human greed. Indiscriminate sand mining has eroded the river and is killing it. What looks like a patch of grass in the middle is actually a mini forest-sized group of tall shrubs growing on an embankment in the middle of the river, showing how much the river has been mauled and raped to satisfy the need for human “development”. However, nature stuck back and has leveled it once again! Taken from the Shoranur railway bridge.

A “Real” Train: SHF KJM’s WDP4 #20056 Heads the Prasanti Express

Just another full-length train pic. Krishnarajapuram (KJM) diesel loco shed’s WDP4 EMD #20056 heads the 18463 Bhubaneshwar – Bangalore City Prasanti Express in its meaty SHF mode as it cruises past Bayyappanahalli. The EMD had been hauling it from Guntur where it took over from a Lallaguda WAP4. #20056 is equipped with cameras and LCD monitors for better performance in LHF mode. Meaty EMDs in SHF mode make our trains look like “real” trains as they seem to be contiguous in design like a trainset 🙂