Ernakulam’s Orange Hunk Hauls the Garib Rath on the Konkan Railway

Ernakulam ERS diesel loco shed’s Diesel Locomotive WDM3A #14046, one of ERS most trusted and oldest workhorses blasts past Anjani on the Konkan Railway with the 12202 Trivandrum Kochuveli – Mumbai Kurla LTT Garib Rath in tow. The orange-cream-orange livery of the Ernakulam hunk contrasts nicely with the green of the Garib Rath, the stunning green of the Konkan and the bright deep blue of the early morning sky. You can see the flagman waving his green flag at the orange hunk as it rushes by (Look how small he is in front of the locomotive!). Anjani is in Maharashtra nearer to Panvel and is one of Konkan’s most beautiful stations.

WDM3A “Baldie” #14012 with KCVL – YPR Garib Rath

The 12558 Kochuveli – Yeshwantpur Garib Rath Express  headed by WDM3A “Baldie” #14012 waits patiently on the loop line at Karmelaram Railway Station for the starter signal to turn green after making way for the Bangalore – Selam (now Nagore) passenger, whose rear end can be seen in the other end of the picture. The fully-AC Garib Rath is one of my favorite trains with nice 16 3 AC coaches, cheaper fare (Yeshwantpur (Bangalore) – Ernakulam costs Rs.449 only) and convenient timings. And it is damn fast!