Twin ALCO WDM3As, (#18704 and #16296) in the classic blue-turquoise-blue livery of the Krishnarajapuram KJM diesel loco shed wait at Trivandrum Kochuveli railway terminus with the 12258 Kochuveli – Bangalore Yeshwantpur Garib Rath express. This train was until recently hauled by a single KJM ALCO locomotive, but now gets two of them, a great and stunning upgrade! Twin ALCOs are always a sight to behold, and it is an honor for the GR to get them! You are looking at 6200 horsepower, which is frankly needed to haul the rake of 16 heavy 81-seater AC coaches.
Headed by an epic GOC offlink, the 12258 Kochuveli – Yeshwantpur Garib Rath Express waits patiently at Kelamangalam in Tamil Nadu 10 km south of Hosur early in the morning for the 12677 Ernakulam Intercity to cross past it. This was a green-letter day in the GR’s history. Its regular loco link, a KJM WDM/G3A had failed the previous day at Chingavanam in Kerala, and hence it was hauled by an electric WAG7 Tigerface from Trivandrum to Erode (first time ever!) and from there the green offlink GOC WDG3A #13562 took over. The livery of the engine nicely complements that of the train! This was among the best offlink combinations I have ever spotted! Go Green!!
Gleaming spotless in the Kerala summer sun, Erode’s freshly painted electric loco WAP4 #22665 looks in mint-fresh condition as it slams around a curve as it approaches Kalamasserry station near Ernakulam in Kerala with the 12075 Trivandrum – Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express. The train on the opposite track was the two-hour late running Yeshwantpur – Kochuveli Garib Rath Express. Its bright off-red puts up a contrasting picture from the green all around. This close up photo of the WAP4 was taken when it was doing around 80 kph. Rarely do you get to see such a spotlessly clean locomotive in India!
The 12258 Trivandrum Kochuveli – Bangalore Yeshwantpur Garib Rath Express headed by old-timer KJM WDM3A #18824 waits patiently in abeyance to a red signal on a foggy and sunny morning at Anekal Road railway station near Bangalore to let an oncoming train pass, looking ahead through the fog. The tracks ahead were completely obscured by fog but it lifted soon after. Just 35 km from Bangalore, Anekal is a world of difference compared to the city.
The Night Train slides slowly into the darkness, carrying with it thousands of dreams and tribulations… The 12257 Yeshwantpur – Kochuveli Garib Rath Express leaves Banaswadi Railway station. As per Indian Railway norms, a reflective bright yellow X painted on its rear end and a red light mark its last car (coach). The last room with the open door is the room of the guard of the train.
The Green meets the Green! The 12257 Yeshwantpur – Kochuveli Garib Rath Express has stopped outside Kottayam station (outer) just after of those glorious rains Kerala is famous for. The train and the nature surrounding it have been washed clean, Mother Nature’s Green glinting off the Rath’s Green, complementing each other. Nature stands refreshed with pure, fresh air and light mist hangs over the train as it curves into the distance, a chilled refreshing residue of the shower.