The WDM2 is Indian Railways’ most recognized and iconic locomotives ever. Also called ALCOs as they were designed by the American Locomotive Company, these 2400 hp diesel workhorses are responsible for Indian Railways becoming what it is today. One of them, the freshly painted and good looking WDM2 #17477 of the Krishnarajapuram (KJM) Diesel shed in Bangalore waits on a much-neglected branch spur line at the Bayyappanahalli junction on Old Madras Road, Bangalore, with officials waiting to guide it along across the busy road. Unlike other places, at this junction trains have to wait for the roads to be cleared for them so that they can cross and go onwards towards the BEML facility. This is quite a sight to behold! A pillar of the Bangalore Metro can be seen in the background.
Golden Rock (GOC) WDM2 Diesel Locomotive with fancy road number #16666 stands at Platform ‘1A’ at Kollam Junction Railway Station in Kerala, having brought in the Punalur – Kollam passenger train. The engine was built at Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi, and is regularly used to haul passenger trains on the Kollam – Punalur branch route and occasionally on the Konkan. Note the wide window. Check out the sparklingly clean cabin of this WDM2 in this picture here.
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 hour .
Both these are veterans and have quite a history behind them. The #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 #17544 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.