One of Erode’s star electric locomotives, the WAP4 #22221 with the infamous 12508 Guwahati – Trivandrum Express rushes in a hurry to stop at Aluva. The 12508 which at one time held the dubious distinction of the “most late train” on Indian Railways but was on time to the dot that day! The sun was setting and a golden glow was cast everywhere very well reflecting off the locomotive. 22221 is one of the rare Indian Railways locomotives with rear view mirrors on all its driver windows!
Royapuram WAP4 #22887 and Erode WAP4 #22258 wait side by side facing in the same direction towards Ernakulam Junction at Ernakulam town with their 13351 Tata/Dhanbad – Alappuzha “Supercrawler” Express on the mainline and the 12516 Guwahati – Trivandrum “Forever Late” Express at the loop line on Platform 2 respectively as the 16525 Kanyakumari – Bangalore Island “Passenger” Express crawls on to Platform 1. These two trains were held up at ERN thanks to the singaling and doubling works going on between Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction.
The empty rake of the Guwahati – Ernakulam – Guwahati weekly Express lies idle at the “Mashalling Yard” at Ernakulam, in between the Ernakulam Town (North) and Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Stations. The train stretches out idly among the teeming flora of the “Outer” of Ernakulam stations, a real jungle where nature flourishes. Note that the Sleeper Coach on the left was manufactured in 1987!