The Turqouise Twins at Kochuveli with the Yeshwantpur Garib Rath

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.

Love is When a Goods and Passenger EMD Locos Haul an Express Train!

Two EMD Diesel behemoths: Kalyan’s Dual-Cab Freight Locomotive WDG4D #70380 and Bhagat-ki-Kothi’s (Jodhpur) Single-Cab Passenger Loco WDP4B #40082 together haul the 12977 Ernakulam – Ajmer Marusagar Express at Chalakudy, Kerala! Now this is absolutely rare since usually always locos of the same class are coupled together, even more so as the WDG4D is a rare class of loco and hardly spotted this far south! Now, barely after the train departed ERS, the WDP4B failed, that is its coupling broke and was stuck on the track unable to proceed further. The crew made a makeshift arrangement that allowed the train to reach the next station, Chalakudy, where they waited for a long time until both locos were detached and the 4B put on the loop line and the WDG4D left hauling the 24-coach load alone. And further on the Konkan line the G4D also broke down! The train finally reached Ajmer 10 hours late on that run. I was on the train and could capture this rarest of rare occurrence where both locos face each other with their lights on! Night. Rain. Two locos facing each other with both their headlights on. Intense. This is love. <3

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 and sharp turns and a stunningly beautiful countryside in 2 hours and 42 minutes at an average 57 km/hr, the fastest on the route. This was another very tight angle to catch, note a fellow railfan at the other door capturing a video! Twin diesels are always a blast to watch!!

The Legendary Karnataka Express with the MLY ALCO Twins!

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.