The 12625 Thiruvananthapuram – New Delhi Kerala Superfast Express seen in its full 24-coach length just outside Aluva in Kerala. It is so long that the rear end is reduced to a blur! Here it is seen with its regular link – an Erode WAP4 – the gleaming #22904 this time, which will be detached at Erode. The legend holds a couple of records in its name, including being the longest distance-running superfast train in India and the electric locomotive that runs the longest distance (12626 – New Delhi to Ernakulam) – a WAP4 from the Erode shed. The Kerala Express which started as the KK Express in 1977 still runs full packed year round and is Trivandrum division’s most premier train, which sadly has lost much of its former glory thanks to nonsense stoppage politics.
Gridlocked traffic, concrete monstrosities, cables slung overhead everywhere. And in between all this, a gorgeous sunset struggling to make its presence felt. The typical Bangalore scene of a mass of stalled vehicles, honking, dust and smoke, above which ugly concrete jungle and twisted metal structures shutting out nature. We have shunned nature, stunted it out of our lives for some grimy joy of being enclosed in a metal bubble on four wheels, within concrete walls or in our own egotistical cocoons. I actually felt sad to see such a brilliant natural scene struggling to make its presence felt, and that nobody was even noticing it, everyone busy either to get ahead of the guy in front, or on their phones. Needless to say, it was after years that I saw such a nice Bangalore sunset. Imagine this picture without all the crap blocking out that brilliance! Ejipura junction, Koramangala.
A Kerala State Road Transport Corportation’s (KSRTC) Volvo B9R Multi Axle bus running the Bangalore – Kottayam service stands tall, all majestic and elite, at a rest stop between Bangalore and Salem. The bus sports the unique government-registered livery and is one of the 10 recently procured Volvos for running Kerala – Bangalore services. The bus registered RS788 under KSRTC’s scheme belongs to the Kottayam depot of KSRTC. The service is exemplary, the buses are superbly maintained, smooth, noiseless and extremely comfortable, much better than private Volvos!