KSRTC Airavata Volvo After a Minor Accident

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)’s Volvo B7R bus after a minor accident which involved a collision with a truck in the broken, terribly curvy and dangerous Shiradi Ghat road (Highway) on the way from Mangalore to Bangalore. An overloaded platform truck carrying huge logs was being driven rashly on the wrong side of the road and one of the logs hanging from the side of the truck smashed the side windows leaving a gaping hole.Ā Thanks to the nimble handling and power of the Volvo, the alert driver was able to maneuver the bus out of a full-frontal collision path. Fortunately there were no injuries as there was no one sitting in that seat. I was a passenger in this bus. This happened in 2008.
(PS: Another same type of accident on the same road. Those people were not so lucky šŸ™ )

Diesel WDM Veterans Meet at Alappuzha!

Southern Railways Diesel workhorses, WDM2B #17544 and WDM2 #17805 both of Golden Rock (GOC Ponmalai) shed stand tall, head to head at Alappuzha Railway Station one late evening. The former hauling the Mangalore – Nagercoil Ernad Express arrived first and the latter arrived later with the Kozhikode – Thiruvananthapuram Jan Shatabdi Express, but left first. Poor Ernad and #17544 was stuck at Alappuzha for half an hourĀ .

Both these are veterans and have quite a history behind them. TheĀ #17805 was once a Jumbo (here is how it looked like) belonging to the Ernakulam shed and was later rebuilt to look like how it is now. I remember boarding the Vanchinad Express hauled by it, many years back. The #17544Ā was once with Erode and had an accident after which the cab was rebuilt looking flat. (Here is how it looked) Later it was given raised steel numbers on it’s side. It now belongs to the Tondiyarpet (TNP) shed.