RSC 675 Bangalore-Thiruvalla Super Deluxe at Madiwala

The legendary Bangalore – Thiruvalla Super Deluxe Air Bus RSC 675 of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) seen at Madiwala bus stop in Bangalore one chilly evening, waiting for its passengers to show up. The bus runs the Salem – Coimbatore – Palakkad – Thrissur – Ernakulam – Alappuzha – Changanaserry route. It departs Bangalore at 1830 from Mysore Road Satellite bus station, 1930 from Madiwala to reach Ernakulam at 0615 and Tiruvalla by 0800. RSC 675 was withdrawn some months after this picture was taken and was replaced with RPC 900.

The Bangalore Brigade World Trade Center Tower at Night

Bangalore’s Brigade World Trade Center office tower located in the Brigade Gateway complex at Rajajinagar, North Bangalore as seen at night. The building has 32 floors and houses offices of Amazon.com, ABB and KPMG among others. Offices of employees working late can be seen, as much as can be parts of Orion Mall and the center courtyard of the Brigade Gateway complex. To the right can be seen the residential apartment block casting a shadow. Completely uber-posh place, this.

Love is When a Goods and Passenger EMD Locos Haul an Express Train!

Two EMD Diesel behemoths: Kalyan’s Dual-Cab Freight Locomotive WDG4D #70380 and Bhagat-ki-Kothi’s (Jodhpur) Single-Cab Passenger Loco WDP4B #40082 together haul the 12977 Ernakulam – Ajmer Marusagar Express at Chalakudy, Kerala! Now this is absolutely rare since usually always locos of the same class are coupled together, even more so as the WDG4D is a rare class of loco and hardly spotted this far south! Now, barely after the train departed ERS, the WDP4B failed, that is its coupling broke and was stuck on the track unable to proceed further. The crew made a makeshift arrangement that allowed the train to reach the next station, Chalakudy, where they waited for a long time until both locos were detached and the 4B put on the loop line and the WDG4D left hauling the 24-coach load alone. And further on the Konkan line the G4D also broke down! The train finally reached Ajmer 10 hours late on that run. I was on the train and could capture this rarest of rare occurrence where both locos face each other with their lights on! Night. Rain. Two locos facing each other with both their headlights on. Intense. This is love. <3

One-Sided Nightly Traffic Jam on Bangalore Outer Ring Road

A “birds eye” view of Bangalore’s most defining feature today: its traffic jams, no matter if it is day or night. This one was taken on a rainy night at 10:15 in the night (!) from the Ramamurthy Nagar Bridge at Banaswadi on the Outer Ring Road. Vehicles were backed up from KR Puram Railway Station to Banaswadi, a mighty five kilometers! Note the jam on the service road on the right as well. The opposite side is free, only because vehicles are bunched up on the other side 200 meters before, blocking the entire road trying to get up the ramp leading to this bridge. Wonder when all these people will reach home. The street lamp stands silently looking down at the mass of stalled vehicles, shedding tears looking at the condition of the city…

KURTC AC “Low Floor” Volvos in the Rain at Night at Vyttila Hub

Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC) is a newly formed subsidiary corporation of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to run city and moffussil bus services throughtout Kerala. For this a large number of buses were acquired under the JnNURM scheme, including a sizable number of Volvos. Here are seen two of them, Volvo B7RLE built city buses at the Vyttila Mobiliy Hub at Ernakulam at 2030 hours at night, running services to Kottayam and Alappuzha respectively. JN337 was running Ernakulam – Kottayam and JN369 was running Ernalkulam – Alappuzha (Alleppy). It was raining heavily providing a nice touch to the buses.

The New Trivandrum Thampanoor KSRTC Central Bus Terminal

The front facade of the huge, towering new KSRTC central bus station building (still under construction) at Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The terminal complex is the biggest bus station in Kerala and is also the headquarters and central offices of the Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSRTC). The ground floor of the station handles bus arrivals and departures with 30 departure bus bays and 5 arrival bays capable of handling upto 3000 bus schedules a day, most of them being KSRTC’s long distance schedules, all which originate and depart from here. The building itself has 12 stories and can house a multiplex, food courts, a number of government offices, a convention center and also has two 5 story multlevel parking centers for 350 cars and 400 two wheelers. There was an old, overcrowded crumbling bus station building that was pulled down to construct this behemoth in its place. Really an amazing development!