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

The Cute Little Chalakudy KSRTC Bus Station

View of the little KSRTC bus station cum sub-depot at Chalakudy (code: CLDY) in Thrissur district, Kerala. Seen are three ordinary buses waiting for their departure, two white-blue Venad buses and an old TATA make Ordinary bus. A Superfast is leaving the station. It provides the typical little sub-urban KSRTC bus station setting seen in Kerala, complete with the little “pettikada” selling all kinds of knick-knacks.

Kerala’s Pretty-Postcard Picture Perfect Chalakudi River

The beautifully green, green Chalakudy river near to the Chalakudy town in Thrissur District, Kerala, depleted of its water thanks to the summer, but still looking stunningly beautiful. Typical of all rivers in Kerala and any river in tropical regions, this one too has vegetation covering its banks, reaching out towards the water with everything clearly reflecting on it, making the river appear green. The Chalakudy River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the state. The Athirappally and Vazhachal waterfalls are situated on this river. It is technically a tributary of the Periyar, and its lower stretches are substantially polluted. However, here it is still pristine. It originates in the Anamala hills on the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border and flows 142 km all the way through Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts. Not sure if the river is named after the town or vice versa. Picture taken from a train. Location: