A Tamil Nadu Government-owned State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) “Ultra-Deluxe” bus on its way from Changanasserry in Kerala to Chennai via Kottayam, Kumaly, Kambam, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchchi, Perambalur, Villupuram and Tindivanam. Leaves Changanaserry at 1500, Kottayam at 1530, Kumily at 2030 (yeah, 5 hours for 100 km!), reaches Chennai at around 8 in the morning. Very, very slow, crawling and underpowered. SETC operates long-distance and “luxury” service buses in Tamil Naduwhile TNSTC operates ordinary and “non-luxury” services. By “luxury” they usually mean individual seats with push-back. The route number is 768 UD. Captured on the KK (Kottayam – Kumily) Road 7 km from Kottayam. A Kerala private bus to Manimala can be seen behind it. Captured while running, no cropping done.
A very dirty WAP4 #22255 of Southern Railways’ Erode Electic Loco Shed arrives at Changanasserry Railway Station hauling the famous 12623 Chennai Central – Thiruvananthapuram Mail. The locomotive badly needs a wash, as it looks like it had picked up all that the rains the previous night could throw at it. WAP4s hauling the “Madras Mail” as it is lovingly called, have a great time running through long stretches nonstop at full speed.
Legendary 16525 Kanyakumari – Bangalore Island Express arrives on platform 2 at Changanasserry Railway Station headed by one of Erode’s workhorses the WAP4 #22391. WAP4 engines are Indian Railways’ workhorses.
One of India’s most powerful locomotive (engine) type spotted at Changanasserry, Kerala, bathed by the early morning Sun’s rays. The powerhouse of an electric locomotive, the WAG9 #31175 has a power output of 6350 hp and belongs to the South Central Railways’ (SCR) Lallaguda (LGD) “Electric Locomotive Shed” near Secunderabad. The green demon was sleeping on a siding Panto down attached to a short rake of blue Box Cars.
The tracks speed ahead in the distance, parting the greenery as they expand into and rush past Changanasserry Railway Station. An aerial view of CGY, Kottayam District, Kerala.