The 12640 Brindavan Superfast Express from Bangalore City SBC to Chennai Central MAS is seen near Bayyappanahalli at Sadanandanagar hauled by Royapuram electric locomotive shed’s WAP7 electric locomotive #30379, seen in its full 24-coach length glory. It was an unbelievably hot and sunny day, as can be seen from the photo, and to catch the legend I was almost fried to a crisp. It was on the same day I captured the Double Decker and the Howrah Duronto in their full lengths as well.
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.
Arakkonam (SR) shed’s old faithful WAM4 class electric locomotive #21219 hauling the 56262 Bangalore City – Arakkonam passenger waits for the starter at Baiyyappanahalli Railway Station, Bangalore. I took this photo from a train (TVC-BNC SF special) hauled by another WAM4 from the same shed, #21233. Though they look beaten up and dilapidated, WAM4s are the most reliable and successful Indian Railway locomotive class ever, that even after 35 years in service they are still going strong! The WAM4 of my trains covered the Trivandrum – Bangalore distance in juts 13 hours 30 minutes at speeds exceeding 110 kph! WAM4s are lovingly called “Old Monks” by railfans 🙂
Santragachi’s (SRC) WAP4 #22350 heads the 12246 Bangalore Yeshwantpur – Kolkata Howrah Duronto Express as it crawls past Baiyyappanahalli in Bangalore on its almost 2000 km journey. The windows of the train happily reflect the morning sunshine reflecting off the platform. The 5350 hp electric locomotive will singlehandedly haul the (technically) nonstop train on its 29 hour journey at an average speed of 67 kph. This 5-day a week train is one of the most successful Durontos on Indian Railways, seats always fully sold out for the entire two months in advance. Here is another picture of the same train.
The very dirty Royapuram WAP7 30362 rolls past Sadananda Nagar near Baiyyappanahalli with the 22625 Chennai Central – Bangalore AC Double Decker with all its 12 coaches trailing behind. Check out the patterns someone had drawn on the dirty locomotive! It was about to rain and actually quite dark for that time of the day that I had to crank up the exposure bias. The Double Decker coaches were also all very dirty with fading paint and cracked windows. Anyway, the train belongs to Southern Railway which is not exactly known for its maintenance and cleanliness.
Santragachi (SRC)’s tired-looking WAP4 #22205 heads the Bangalore Yeshwantpur – Kolkata Howrah AC “Premium” Special Express as it slowly rolls past Baiyyappanahalli railway station. The train had a full LHB rake (consist). LHB coaches are new technology spacious and lightweight aluminum coaches with big windows now found on all Rajdhanis and Shatabdis. It was an impossibly scorching day and I would have rather been inside the AC train than outside it.