#100happytrains: Day 5

Posted on April 5, 2014

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Chalukya Express: Dadar-Yeshwantpur-Dadar

(Now extended to Pondicherry and Tirunelveli)

Part of my ideal Mumbai-Madras connect if a ticket on a direct train is not happening. Took this train in 2012, when it was not extended, and later went to Bangalore City to catch the Mysore-Madras Central Kaveri Express. The train crosses the Shindwane ghat overnight, but a day run between Londa and Yeshwantpur is quite a site. I was fortunate to get a third AC ticket hours before the train’s departure and more fortunate to get a tatkal seat on Kaveri.

Sections covered: Dadar-Yeshwantpur, Pune-Dadar

 

After the overnight departure from Dadar, I wake up to see myself in Karnataka.

After the overnight departure from Dadar, I wake up to see myself in Karnataka.

 

Two additional AC coaches attached to the train, could be from Pune or Belgaum.

Two additional AC coaches attached to the train, could be from Pune or Belgaum.

 

A glimpse of the uneven terrain on the predominantly white ballast-filled single line.

A glimpse of the uneven terrain on the predominantly white ballast-filled single line.

 

The Assistant Loco Pilot caught while trying to break dance his way to the cabin.

The Assistant Loco Pilot caught while trying to break dance his way to the cabin.

 

Women wait for their ride at Londa Junction.

Women wait for their ride at Londa Junction.

 

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Hitting the throttle while moving out of Londa.

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A minor gradient again.

 

A rare catch of Guntakal baldie.

A rare catch of Guntakal baldie.

 

South Western Railway HQ, biggest home of EMD locomotives: respect.

South Western Railway HQ, biggest home of EMD locomotives: respect.

 

Howrah-bound Amaravathi express proceeds towards Guntakal.

Howrah-bound Amaravathi express proceeds towards Guntakal.

 

And to my misfortune, the Bangalore-Hubli Jan Shatabdi does not get an EMD link on that day, instead a Krishnarajapuram ALCO takes charge.

And to my misfortune, the Bangalore-Hubli Jan Shatabdi does not get an EMD link on that day, instead a Krishnarajapuram ALCO takes charge.

 

Rushing to the unreserved bogie at Ranibennur.

Rushing to the unreserved bogie at Ranibennur.

 

This could be the station during the metre gauge era. Can anyone confirm?

This could be the station during the metre gauge era. Can anyone confirm?

 

A lady borrows some water from the Indian Railways at Birur Junction.

A lady borrows some water from the Indian Railways at Birur Junction.

 

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