Tag Archives: Southern Railway

The new railway station at Velankanni

The “Grand” Velankanni Railway Station

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 ...

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Photo of the AC Double Decker train on Indian Railways

A Dirty WAP7 With a Dirty AC Double Decker near Bayappanahalli

The very dirty Royapuram WAP7 30362 rolls past Sadananda Nagar near Baiyyappanahalli with the 22625 Chennai Central – Bangalore AC Double Decker with all its 12 coaches trailing behind. Check out the patterns someone had drawn on the dirty locomotive! It was about to rain and actually quite dark for that time of the day that I had to crank up the ...

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Twin ALCo Diesel engines haul the Bangalore - Ernakulam Intercity Express

The ALCo Diesel Double Headed Ernakulam Intercity Express!

Erode’s twin deep blue and white WDM3As (#16673 and #14045) together chug furiously as the 12677 Bangalore Ernakulam Superfast Intercity Express blasts past the stationary Kochuveli – Yeshwantpur Garib Rath Express. The Intercity recently became double headed with the two ALCo diesels chugging out 6200 units of pure horsepower between them hauling the 21-coach Intercity through the Hosur – Salem line filled with heavy gradients ...

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Photo of the MEMU train at Kottayam in Kerala

The Ernakulam – Kollam MEMU at Kottayam

The 66301 Ernakulam Jn – Kayankulam Jn MEMU arrives at Kottayam railway station looking like a huge yellow-blue colored metal worm. The train is well patronized but is almost always late, consistently. Full form and definition of MEMU is Mainline Electric Multiple Unit, which means that though it is exactly the same as the EMUs (locals) or Mumbai, Chennai etc, it ...

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Guwahati Trivandrum Express near Aluva with ED WAP4 22221

Speeding ED WAP4 22221 Glows in the Evening Sun

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 ...

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Newly painted electric loco WAP4 22665 in Kerala

Spotlessly Clean WAP4 22665 In-Your-Face!

Gleaming spotless in the Kerala summer sun, Erode’s freshly painted electric loco WAP4 #22665 looks in mint-fresh condition as it slams around a curve as it approaches  Kalamasserry station near Ernakulam in Kerala with the 12075 Trivandrum – Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express. The train on the opposite track was the two-hour late running Yeshwantpur – Kochuveli Garib Rath Express. Its bright off-red puts ...

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