Royapuram WAP4 #22841 with the Kochuveli – Bangalore Express

Southern Railway’s Royapuram shed WAP4 #22841 stands at Krishnarajapuram (KJM) Railway Station in Bangalore with the 16316 Trivandrum Kochuveli – Bangalore City daily Express on a gloomy morning, looking all sleek and fresh, after a scintillating run, reaching well before time! The paint has started flaking around its edges. The infamous “hanging bridge” can be seen in the background. The WAP4 is a 5350 hp AC powered electric locomotive which is a direct descendant of the legendary WAM4. It is the current workhorse of the Indian Railways hauling most long distance express trains.

The New Krishnarajapuram (KR Puram) Railway Station Building

The new Krishnarajapuram (KR Puram) railway station building entrance on Platform 4 facing the Ring Road,  a bit before the current “entrance” at the junction under the hanging bridge. Very discreetly SWR constructed this in a time span of 6 months, and will be the official main entrance to the station from now on. As of now the official station building is on the other side on PF1 facing a narrow and crowded street. KJM was once a quaint little station on the outskirts of the city where only a few passenger trains stopped, but with the growth of the city and the construction of the outer ring road, it is now a major railway station very much inside the city and one of its gateways where all trains stop and thousands of people pass through everyday, making the KR Puram Railway Station junction a notoriously massive traffic bottleneck, probably the biggest in the city. However, there is no parking space here nor space for autos and pedestrians and the approach road is too narrow! I hope they will solve all these problems. The current “entrance” at the ring road junction will will hopefully be closed once this is officially opened. Here is the location.

The Mighty WAP7 and the Colors of the Night!

Awash in the colors of the night, the mighty (and somewhat dirty) WAP7 #30367 of the Royapuram shed stands tall at the Krishnarajapuram (KJM) railway station in Bangalore with the 12609 Chennai – Bangalore Intercity Express in tow. The red on the face of the loco comes from the signals up front, the yellow from the numerous sodium-vapor lamps everywhere and the white from floodlights illuminating construction sites along the station. A sure sight to behold! Night Photography is a challenge, the first of which being finding a place where you can place your camera without it moving! Apologies for the not-so-great clarity, I am still learning the ropes of balancing long exposures with ISO numbers.

The Mighty EMD (WDP4) Rests at SBC

KJM’s mighty WDP4 #20068 EMD Diesel Locomotive stands tall at Bangalore City Railway Station, raring to go with the express it is attached to. The WDP4 is the GT46PAC by EMD (Electro-Motive Diesel), an American company previously owned by GM and now by Caterpillar. The Indian Railway classification of this 4000 hp, single cab forward diesel behemoth is WDP4, also the first mainstream diesel passenger locomotive dedicated to haul passenger trains. The WDP4 has a twin, the WDG4 (GT46MAC) dedicated to haul freight trains. Most diesel trains out of Bangalore are headed by WDP4s.

SWR KJM WDG3A #14691 at SBC

Diesel powerhouse of the Indian Railways looking solid! Krishnarajapuram (KJM) WDG3A #14691 seen at Bangalore City Railway Station napping attached to an empty rake in tow. This locomotive (engine) is meant particularly for hauling freight (goods) trains.