The 12640 Brindavan Superfast Express from Bangalore City SBC to Chennai Central MAS is seen near Bayyappanahalli at Sadanandanagar hauled by Royapuram electric locomotive shed’s WAP7 electric locomotive #30379, seen in its full 24-coach length glory. It was an unbelievably hot and sunny day, as can be seen from the photo, and to catch the legend I was almost fried to a crisp. It was on the same day I captured the Double Decker and the Howrah Duronto in their full lengths as well.
The view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as seen from the north side courtyard, with its impressive domes and uniquely golden spires on top of them. Tried a symmetrical photograph but didn’t quite come out in a straight line, though you can see a glass window straight ahead if you look closely.
Bangalore’s “Namma” Metro’s Purple Line station entrance/exit for the Vidhana Soudha metro station, named after Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, after whom the road is also named. Unlike other stations, the entrances and exits of the Vidhana Soudha station feature lovely detailing on them, reminiscent of the architecture of the Vidhana Soudha itself. There are four entrances to the underground stations, and this is the one near the Vidhana Soudha, the dome of which you can see in the background. All entrances feature the same detailing on them. This metro station just like its namesake is sure to become a landmark of the city.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) brand new Scania Metrolink long-distance Multi (tri) axle coach bus sits basking in the evening sun at Kottayam KSRTC bus station in Kerala awaiting inauguration. The buses have been branded “Garuda Maharaja – The Chariot of Kerala.” This is the first of 18 buses ordered by KSRTC for its long distance services from Kerala to various parts of the country including Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad and possibly Bangalore. The livery of the buses is also different from the corporation’s current flagship Volvo B9R buses. Waiting for awesome rides on these new flagship superstars!
Mercedes-Benz’s new Multi-Axle bus model probably undergoing road tests spotted outside a BharatBenz showroom in a central Tamil Nadu town. The bus is a ground-breaking 15 meters long, breaking Volvo 9400PX‘s (B11R – now discontinued) 14.5 m meter length record, making it the longest bus in India (and Asia). 15 meters is also the legally the longest length any passenger road vehicle can have in India. The bus features a radical steerable rear tag axle in addition to ESP, ABS, all-round disc brakes and all the usual goodies. The bus model hasn’t been named yet but seems to be called the “Ultra High Deck” and was launched in July 2015. The front-end design of the bus with its distributed vertically stacked lights and AMG-style huge single-bar grille and Mercedes logo marks a radical departure from the old boring Mercedes design and also general bus design which are all straight-line horizontally oriented as of now. A Parveen Benz bus can also be seen.
The unique white BMTC Volvo bus that was used to run “Bangalore Rounds” “Hop On Hop Off” services connecting major landmarks of the city such as shopping malls, parks etc standing at Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic) running 365N KBS-Narayana Hrudayalaya. The service was discontinued after poor patronage, because who travels in buses when one can use cars? The buses were redeployed on other route and mostly run airport services. The livery is interesting, but more interesting is the decal, featuring the Kempegowda Tower, Lalbagh glass house, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore Palace among others.