On a wet and overcast day with rain threatening to fall any minute, the 16650 Nagercoil – Mangalore Parasuram Express passes over a rust-stained girder bridge in central Kerala, just after Aluva and the famous bridge across the Periyar river with the view of the Aluva Manappuram, hauled by a mud-splattered bright orange-red and yellow Erode 5350 hp WAP4 class electric locomotive with road number #22580. The waterbody across which this bridge is built is a small overflow channel of the Periyar. The locomotive sliding majestically across the girder which has no side rails, the rails on the edge of the bridge which is in all lesser in width than the train itself, has always fascinated me. These bridges are however becoming increasingly rare.
WAP4 #22580 of the Erode (ED) electric locomotive shed of the Southern Railways stands at Aluva Railway Station (AWY) late one evening heading the legendary supercrawler, the 16525 Kanyakumari – Bangalore Island Express. It was held up there to let the Trivandrum – Kottayam – Kozhikode JanShatabdi Express overtake it, the low priority train it is.