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.
Southern Railways’ Royapuram shed’s (RPM) #30363 stands at the head of the 12-coach load of the 22626 Bangalore City (SBC) – Chennai Central (MAS) AC Double Decker Superfast Express. The red-and-yellow livery of the Double Decker, unique on Indian Railways stretches and curves behind the brand-new 6350 hp beast. The WAP7 is also known as as the “Milky Bar” among Railfans. The location is Bayyappanahalli in Bangalore. This train, despite all its shortcomings is one of my all-time favorites and hopefully is a sign of better things to come on Indian Railways. Also, it is very photogenic. If only the sun was out on that day!