Southern Railways’ flawless WAP4 #22888 of Royapuram shed (RPM) rests along a pitline at Bangalore City after an overnight ride from Thiruvananthapuram with the 16322 Trivandrum – Bangalore Weekly Express. She will head the same train back to Trivandrum the same day. #22888 is relatively lesser spotted loco despite its fancy road number. Note the roof-mounted DBRs, almost look like an afterthought fitting.
If you look closely, you can also spot a pigeon looking up and admiring the mean looking machine! 🙂
The mighty WAP7 #30332 of Royapuram (RPM) electric locomotive shed near Chennai stretches out on Platform no 5 at Bangalore City Railway station as she prepares to head back home to Chennai with the 22626 Bangalore-Chennai Double Decker Express. The most powerful passenger locomotive in India rated at 6350 hp, the WAP7 is frequently assigned at hauling premium Express trains such as the Rajdhanis and Durontos and other crack trains which have demanding schedules. It was quite an effort to capture the full length of the train given her sheer length.
KJM’s mighty WDP4 #20068 EMD Diesel Locomotive stands tall at Bangalore City Railway Station, raring to go with the express it is attached to. The WDP4 is the GT46PAC by EMD (Electro-Motive Diesel), an American company previously owned by GM and now by Caterpillar. The Indian Railway classification of this 4000 hp, single cab forward diesel behemoth is WDP4, also the first mainstream diesel passenger locomotive dedicated to haul passenger trains. The WDP4 has a twin, the WDG4 (GT46MAC) dedicated to haul freight trains. Most diesel trains out of Bangalore are headed by WDP4s.
The brand new 22626 Bangalore – Chennai Double Decker Express gets ready to leave for the first time from Bangalore City Railway Station (platform no.5) after arriving from Chennai on its inaugural run. The mighty WAP7 #30332 from Southern Railway’s Royapuram shed does the honors. The inaugural run from Chennai was quite awesome, with the train arriving in Bangalore 20 minutes ahead of time.
The 16216 Bangalore – Mysore Chamundi Express sits on Platform #6 at Bangalore City Railway Station. The leading SLR coach captured in full length in the picture is decked with advertisements for the Mysore Sandal Soap. Most coaches of the train is covered with these ads, resulting in people lovingly calling it “Mysore Sandal Express” 🙂
The bright Orange and yellow WDM3A #18973 of Kazipet sits idle at Bangalore City Railway station. The huge profile and detail of the locomotive is overwhelming, a beast in its own right which can haul a 21 coach train including itself without breaking a sweat. This is a rebuilt from one of he ALCos