The Turqouise Twins at Kochuveli with the Yeshwantpur Garib Rath

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.

The Parasuram Express on a Girder Bridge in a Wet and Green Kerala

On a wet and overcast day with rain threatening to fall any minute, the 16650 Nagercoil – Mangalore Parasuram Express passes over a rust-stained girder bridge in central Kerala, just after Aluva and the famous bridge across the Periyar river with the view of the Aluva Manappuram, hauled by a mud-splattered bright orange-red and yellow Erode 5350 hp WAP4 class electric locomotive with road number #22580. The waterbody across which this bridge is built is a small overflow channel of the Periyar. The locomotive sliding majestically across the girder which has no side rails, the rails on the edge of the bridge which is in all lesser in width than the train itself, has always fascinated me. These bridges are however becoming increasingly rare.

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.

Downtown Dubai Skyline Seen from The Dubai Mall

Dubai’s famed skyscrapers stand tall as the skyline of Dubai’s most prolific part of its financial district, Downtown Dubai, an area of very upscale hotels and office buildings, centered around the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. This photo of Dubai in its myriad colors was taken from the Dubai Fountain viewing area of the Dubai Mall, across the manmade lake that surrounds the Burj Khalifa, the shallow water of which reflects the colors of the lights of the towers. Great view! If the photo looks oversaturated, that was purposeful, it looks striking on LCD HD screens.

The Picturesque Nilambur Road Railway Station

The quaint, picturesque rural Indian Railways setting: Little train headed by a hooded cab unit diesel engine waits among hills and forests. The rake of the Nilambur Road – Thiruvananthapuram Rajya Rani Link Express headed by Erode WDM3D #11149 rests at the Nilambur Road railway station in Kerala on a cloudy and rainy evening, awaiting its departure later in the day. The Nilambur Road Railway station near the little town of Nilambur in the far reaches of Malappuram district, is the end point of the Shoranur – Nilambur spur, at the foothills of the Western Ghats which can be seen in the background. This 41 km historic Broad Gauge railway line was built by the British to easily transport Teak and other forest produces easily from the forests to the coast for shipping to England.

In #CommunistKerala, You Turn Right to go to Moscow!

A road direction sign board on a local road in Kottayam district, Kerala. Yes, what you see is actually the name of a village junction, and not some international signboard. In a state with huge communist leanings it is no accident that there are many places named ‘Moscow’ there! The only anomaly is that instead of left, you have to turn right to get to this Moscow! 🙂 Taken through a car windshield which explains the glossiness of the picture.