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.
Southern Railways’ Royapuram shed’s (RPM) #30363 stands at the head of the 12-coach load of the 22626 Bangalore City (SBC) – Chennai Central (MAS) AC Double Decker Superfast Express. The red-and-yellow livery of the Double Decker, unique on Indian Railways stretches and curves behind the brand-new 6350 hp beast. The WAP7 is also known as as the “Milky Bar” among Railfans. The location is Bayyappanahalli in Bangalore. This train, despite all its shortcomings is one of my all-time favorites and hopefully is a sign of better things to come on Indian Railways. Also, it is very photogenic. If only the sun was out on that day!
Royapuram’s Majestic WAP7 #30350 holds her head high as she majestically speeds past Sadanandanagar in Bangalore bang on time with the 22625 Chennai Central – Bangalore City Double Decker Express in tow. The length of the 6350 hp beast dominates the train and the picture completely. This photo appears as it was taken, framed as such. No cropping was done.
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.