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 railway station building at Velankanni, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. Velankanni is famous as a Christian pilgrimage center and the station building reflects the Gothic style architecture used when building churches. The station is relatively new, only three years old and is the end point of a small 10 km spur from Nagapattinam Junction. Only one daily express train to Chennai (of four coaches) and one weekly express train to Vasco, Goa via Bangalore service the station, in addition to 4 pairs of daily passenger trains to Nagapattinam and Karaikal. Velankanni is part of the Kaveri delta region of Tamil Nadu.
A very dirty WAP4 #22255 of Southern Railways’ Erode Electic Loco Shed arrives at Changanasserry Railway Station hauling the famous 12623 Chennai Central – Thiruvananthapuram Mail. The locomotive badly needs a wash, as it looks like it had picked up all that the rains the previous night could throw at it. WAP4s hauling the “Madras Mail” as it is lovingly called, have a great time running through long stretches nonstop at full speed.
A Gulmohar flowering tree (Delonix Regia) stands in full beautiful bloom at the Anekal Road railway station just outside Bangalore, Karnataka. The station is located close to the border of Karnataka with Tamil Nadu on the Bangalore – Hosur -Salem line. It is heartening to see that the Indian Railways have a policy of building platforms keeping their flora on it intact. A very visible example of this is the Bangalore East railway station. Gulmohar trees are very common in Bangalore and are a lasting representative image of the city. Their fiery red blooms always add a subtle charm to the city.
We approach Coimbatore Junction on the 12677 Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express on a rainy and cloudy afternoon, half an hour late. A WAP4 can be seen up ahead which is ready for departure with the Kovai Express to Chennai. A long rake can be seen parked in the yard as well. Coimbatore Jn has more than 100 trains passing through/originating there.
The Platform and parallel tracks at the little Carmelaram (code: CLRM) Railway Station on Sarjapur Road, Bangalore on the Bangalore – Hosur – Salem line. The station is fairly new, and four express trains stop here every day. The little station has only one box-like building and floor-level platforms and no overbridge. But it is beautiful and scenic, set in the midst of greenery and trees, only 3 km away from the bustling Wipro Commercial office and the Doddakanelli and Kaikondrahalli residential areas chock-a-bloc with apartments. Still, not many people know about this station which has potential to be developed along the likes of Krishnarajapuram.