#100happytrains: Day 4

Posted on April 4, 2014

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Vasco da Gama – Madras Central Express

Vasco da Gama, on the tip of western tip of Goa and at the mouth of river Zuari, never gives you the feeling of being along the Konkan railway line. It isn’t actually, the short Madgaon-Vasco line which extends to Hubli and beyond is under the control South Western Railway (not Konkan Railway). Ever busy with freight loads towards or from Mormogao Port, Vasco is a laidback town with not much activity like in other beaches of Goa. In 2011, I went across the city – it’s bylanes and beaches – and really liked the way it was unlike the other towns: calm and peaceful. The Vasco da Gama-Madras Central Express has the best timing to witness the serene Braganza Ghats and the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, you pass through the ghats in the evening witnessing the sun set. My travel was in December and the waterfalls was not in full flow. But monsoon will be the ideal time to take trip on this train. A cup of tea at Castle Rock after the descend and some peda at Hubli or Dharwad is a must. My journey was undertaken just when Cyclone Nisha was wrecking havoc in Tamil Nadu. After a good few days of sun, I was welcomed to Madras with heavy winds and continuous downpour. A single WDM 3A from Krishnarajapuram hauls this train to Yeshwantpur, and WAM-4 from Arakkonam takes charge thereon.

Sections covered: Vasco da Gama-Madras Central.

The KJM loco at Madgaon

The KJM loco at Madgaon

Dual Gooty WDG-3As Getting ready for Banker duty at Kulem

Dual Gooty WDG-3As Getting ready for Banker duty at Kulem

 

Climbing up the ghats

Climbing up the ghats

 

From the platform into the valley

From the platform into the valley

 

The Braganza Ghat valley, and to think the line was initially metre-gauge, phew !

The Braganza Ghat valley, and to think the line was initially metre-gauge, phew !

 

The descend into Castle Rock

The descend to Castle Rock

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