Twin ALCO WDM3As, (#18704 and #16296) in the classic blue-turquoise-blue livery of the Krishnarajapuram KJM diesel loco shed wait at Trivandrum Kochuveli railway terminus with the 12258 Kochuveli – Bangalore Yeshwantpur Garib Rath express. This train was until recently hauled by a single KJM ALCO locomotive, but now gets two of them, a great and stunning upgrade! Twin ALCOs are always a sight to behold, and it is an honor for the GR to get them! You are looking at 6200 horsepower, which is frankly needed to haul the rake of 16 heavy 81-seater AC coaches.
On a heavily overcast day, the local superstar and king of SWR, the legendary 12628 Karnataka Express from New Delhi to Bangalore City rolls onto home stretch from the YNK-KJM branch line onto the KJM-SBC mainline to finish the last 7 km of her epic 2400 km journey at Channasandra Bypass cabin, Bangalore. As it is with tradition, she is famously hauled by twin ALCO diesel locomotives to and from Bangalore. The KK, as the train is popularly known, is one of the last popular “double-headed” (hauled by two engines) trains and here are the two WDM3As #16017 and #16201R of the Maula Ali (MLY) shed Hyderabad on duty, providing a whopping 7200 bhp to haul the 24 Coach load of the KK.