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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Trichy - trip report

The following is a trip report as well as some observations on the go, So please be patient as its gonna be a long one.Its the same Cholan express even this time to Trichy, so i got ready for another 401 KM of rail fanning session ahead of me, cant afford to loose a kilometer of it !!!

Started early from home..around 5:30 AM ...it was dark and the streets belonged only to dogs who barked at me taking me for stranger...reached egmore around 6:45 AM...asusual Rameswaram Express arrived at platform 4 with Ernakulam WDM3A..which will again power our Cholan till Trichy...I didnt see the WDP4 with Pandian Express..so the loco sharing arrangement might have changed, as Pandian might get WDP4 from Madurai till Trichy and loco changes to WAP4 from Trichy to Chennai, Even this happens with Vaigai in the morning and evening...getting WDP4 only in Madurai-Trichy leg.We will see the evidence later in this trip log,So gulped some idlies at refreshment room and started my journey through over head bridge to the rake ....where Manglore-Chennai-Trichy rake was stationed with our reservation charts pasted.Cholan Express shares its rake with Manglore express so Cholan being a day-runner still runs with its Sleeper coachs on.

WAP4 was parked near the rake which i saw from over head bridge, had a thought that it is too early for locomotive to be coupled as its only 7:15 AM...after couple of minutes WAP4 was pulled away... WAPpie must have parked itself till kanyakumari, pondicherry passenger to come, when lines were clear it was taken to pit lane to rest.Along with WAPs there were some WDS and WDM7 tondiyarpet shed which could do yard switching pulling emtpy rakes to yard from platform.

Just then Dadar Express from adjacent platform got the starter and moved slowly out towards Park- Vysarpadi-Arakkonam to Dadar...WAP4 must be the power for it....Asusual EMU trains running till tambaram and Chengalpet was arriving with bunch of commuters taking the dailies to their work.EMUs were only 8 coach before the IT corridor/ Indistrial Estate was started..due to huge liquid population coming in and out towards Chennai Central/ Beach has forced the railways to increase the commuter cars to 12 in number.

Our platform was empty as the passengers were moving in late for the 8:15AM train...as it was only 7:15 AM...only IRCTC vendors where roaming about the platforms selling coffee and breakfast.It was a fresh sunny morning show at the station i would say!!

I got settled in my seat Side lower with no fan as coach staff not turned the main switch as it was early and was listeining to all railway announcements as nothing much of rail action was going on except for EMUs...Just then around 7:45 AM Kanyakumari express pulled into plaform 5 behind Erode WDM3D 1111x ( I didnt notice the last digit) i hope most of the passengers got down at Mambalam station..there were only couple of 100 people taking the way out....soon the yard staffs kicked into action to close window shutters and lock down the doors...

What disturbed me is the way they take out and trolley up the pillows and bed spread from the AC coaches... coach attendents simply spread a bed spread on the platform floor and throw in the bunches from coach door... sometimes his aim goes for the spread and many a times simply get wetted by the water and all the dirt in the platform... Will Indian Railways take any action on it...as one can only keep his fingers crossed on this to keep him from possible infection.

Ernakulam WDM3A pushed Rameswaram express empty rake to the yard and i thought the same will power our train too...kill the demon! the same loco took incharge of ours too...Around 8 AM i can see flow of people increased 2 fold in the platforms all having their reservation tickets checking the location of coaches against their tickets....exhibiting a sort of hurry to get into their seats.

Our train moved on the dot 8:15 AM out of platform...it was a slow pick up till Mambalam and we gained speed as morning traffic as close to none.We blasted Guindy/ St. Thomas mount.... Airport and soon we are out of chennai towards Chengalpet...we were running close to right time and as we passed Melmaruvathur... we slowed down and put in loop line for around 20 minutes to Chennai bound Pallavan Express to cruise by...




Soon our WDM3A roared to pick up lost time...which gave me a hope that we would reach Trichy right on time...It was a pure Alco power which showed this strength till Villupuram(VM) and reached right time!!! inspite of our 20 minutes halt for Pallavan... Hats of Loco Pilot!
IRCTC staffs were in full josh for the lunch time business ...selling foiled food... and platform vendors doing samosa, Vada stuff... I quickly grabbed some masala vada for the lunch time action and settled in for the second lap of journey....it was only 10-12 minutes of halt against usual 15-20 mins halt at Villupuram...Since the stoppages increased in recently must have affected the halt time... Villupuram-Mayiladuthurai passenger was standing just by us with Green livered GOC WDM2 doing some marshalling duties attaching/ detaching coaches....

Slowly we pulled out of VM and i would see the Villupuram-Vikravandi-Ariyalur- Srirangam-Trichy track that Vaigai,Pallavan and most of south bound trains take; diverge away from us on the right with a very sharp curve....this used to be the shortest route to Trichy as distance is only 330+ KMs, previsouly this track had a rail-road crossing at Ullundurpet.As most of the night buses heading towards South will have to stand at the level crossing for night trains bounded towards Chennai and South to cross by...this place was once heaven for night commuters as they would take a leak during the wait time...Now this road streach is converted to over head road bridge avoiding rail-road level crossing... Also this streach is electrified till Trichy as Vaigai is getting WAP4 right from Trichy(TPJ) till Egmore (MS).As we passed some 2 kms the electrified territory was over on our way as we took the left side route to Panroti-Cuddalore Port Jn- Chidambaram...which 70+ Kms more ( Reading 401 KM from Egmore till Trichy) than the route discussed above...It was all land of diesel gods from now!

We encountered Chennai bound Cholan powered by WDM3A...




It was a good cruise till Cuddalore Port Jn... a crisp halt as well....by the time i had done my lunch and took a nap as green fields were starting to make a good scenary here...It was during Meter guage times we used to see the sea at Cuddalore Port Jn...and light from light house used to shed light on our coach.. now a days tall buildings have filled the view and nothing much to see now.By this time IRCTC vendors were delivering the food for which they took order before VM...after some 20 mins of commotion everybody opted to close their eyes after lunch ..it was only clag-clag noise of tracks that filled the train!




Soon we reached Sirkazhi...one minute halt there and i quickly reached out to my mobile and started video...It was quick run till Vaitheeswaran Kovil ( V Kovil)... there is a new halt in V Kovil...as i have given in my previous post our train thundered past V kovil last time... this time we had a halt... V Kovil station is complete now with good platforms and over head bridge...I would say small stations such as this has lost its charm.any way this is part of change we have to accept it.

From V kovil is was a decent run till Mayiladuthurai Jn. we were greeted by Mayiladuthurai - Coimbatore Janshatabdhi express with Jan Shatabdhi livery coaches headed by Golden Rock WDM2 16882.

Janshatabdhi coach at Mayiladuthurai Jn



Janshatabdhi powered by GOC WDM2 16882...







Had a hot coffee at the station and boarded into train...a quick horn and soon we got out junction and picking up speed for Kombakonam Jn...I could see the lush green paddy fields of south ....smell of fresh paddy fields filled the train for a short distance ....Soon we reached Kumbakonam Jn... there was Mysore-Mayiladuthurai-Trichy rake stationed just by... There was not much action here... we started to Tanjavor Jn...

Our train negotiated couple of points out with furious chugging of Alco, that looked like an angry anaconda out for a kill ! It appeared that Loco pilots have decided to reach before time and finish up the job :)

Soon we crawled out of points and picked up 100+ pretty fast...Impressive pick though.It gives you a real josh to see sound of alco locomotive thundering up...I could clearly hear the cylinders pumping huge power to the steel wheels... Speechless!

Tanjavor Jn came in no time and my journey to Trichy is nearing as we have reached the last junction in the journey...Most of the train is empty now and only 10 persons were present in our coach...mostly i can see daily commuters taking this train from Tanjavor till Trichy...can see the office bags and formal dressing portraying they are usual runners between the points.

DMU ( Diesel Multiple Unit) at Tanjore Jn





Adjacent was an unknown rake with no name plate...but passengers were sitting and getting ready...some IRCTC vendors were selling theirs on it...must be a passenger from Mayiladuthurai, a daily.Coupled to it was WDP3A 15502 Golden rock shed, Loco pilot was curious enough to give me a pose.






Soon we blasted out of Tanjavor and headed out to Trichy..we picked up speed so fast i cant imagine that an 24 coach train with 3100 HP could do this much... we were easily doing 110+ KMPH and literly the empty train was shaking out as we thundered through Thiruverambur and Aduthurai....

Soon i could see BHEL line electrified running along gave me a hint that we are soon approaching Trichy...I could also see more lines pointing out to make sidings...Yes! Ponmalai place of diesel gods....I could see WDM3D Erode shed being waiting for us to pass by and clear the point outwards....what was strange was there was a lonely diesel locomotive with its engine running on top notch but not moving a single inch.... was this an engine test? Sound test? i dont have the answer this time.

I could see the line from Villupuram- Ariyalur- Srirangam - Trichy ( the short line ) joining us to converge into Trichy Jn...We hit Bang on time ... infact 5 mins before time to reach Trichy Jn and a smooth happy journey came to an end... I kissed the train good bye hoping to catch more on the return...



Trichy Jn some observation while the day return...

I reached Junction early and went straight to the coach and by the time Ernakulam WDM3A 17968 powered our coach from yard into the platform just before my eyes..WOW!!! i quickly settled on my seat and went out to venture the junction hoping to catch some action...I know that Vaigai will come around 8:45 AM with the monster WDP4... i had to go to the front of the platform to capture the action...

Unknown rake with no name plate was standing with WDP3A 15524 was parked next to it.soon the loco was moved out to yard...




Our loco's driver box was brought to our loco and soon i thought our Loco pilot soon will take the charge....

Cholan's power of the day Ernakulam WDM3A 17968 at Trichy Junction




...after all that Monster WDP4 brought the Vaigai super fast onto 1st platform....i can very well hear the EMD 16 cylinder fine whine sound which gave me vibrations till by brain and automatically my hands took to my camera...

KJM WDP4 20029 bringing Vaigai Express from Madurai to Trichy.



Yes! it was KJM WDP4 20029 monster which banged into junction right on time!!! soon the loco was un coupled and pulled into the siding... there was WAP4 ready to attach it self to Vaigai... thats what i told you that Vaigai getting electric power right till Egmore since the route its running is electrified...after some 2 mins the monster showed its head from the siding and passed me at a good distance to the pit lane...


WAP4 22764 coupled to Vaigai to take charge from Trichy till Egmore...




You can see the WAP4 getting coupled and WDP4 going to pit lane.







In the middle clock struck 9:10AM and our Loco pilot Mr.Sugumar was onboard the Locomotive checking all the guages and i had a little chit-chat with him...


Loco pilot Mr. Sugumar quickly checking the engine around for the start...




It was time for me as only 5 minutes left for departure and i greeted him and headed to my coach...as my coach was only 6th from engine it was a quick run!

It was bang on the dot a shot horn blast and we started to Chennai from Trichy Junction... As usual we negotiated the golden curve just outside the Trichy Junction where all railfan's dream is to catch his train negotiate it... I am no different and here is the video for your viewing pleasure...



It was steady chugging start for our train soon we reached Ponmalai station an unusual halt there for about 10 minutes and i thought Mysore-Trichy Express behind WDM3D would thunder, but it was slow GOC WDP3A pulling punny 10 coacher Mayiladuthurai-Trichy passenger into Ponmalai...This is a life line for persons outside Trichy on the Tanjavur-Kombakonam-Mayiladuthurai route taking this daily for their work into the city...

Mayiladuthurai - Trichy passenger with GOC WDP3A at Ponmalai station...




Soon we pulled out of Ponmalai and we into Tanjavur Junction...not much action there as we were half hour late running slowly in between...not a good sign at the beginning of the journey as 350+ Km of running left and already we are late...anyways it is safety that is important so lets enjoy speed when it comes and respect the delay when it happens...after Tanjavor Mr.Sugumar charged the bull and we were doing 100+ KMPH all the way till Cuddalore Port Junction except for the halts at Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, V Kovil, Sirkazhi, Chidambaram...Since i was only 6th from engine i can clearly hear the switch over noise ... with WDM class locomotives, at increasing speeds the traction motor changes the circuit from serial/parallel we can clearly hear and feel the silence for a second as if the engine stopped in the middle and throttling again, before it begins to chug really bad a symptom of increasing speed...

In the middle we had Trichy bound Cholan crossing... we cruised past them.





At Cuddalore Port Jn I saw a large double-decker container goods headed by GOC WDM2



Soon we reached Villupuram and same lunch time party ....as there is not much action in the leg of journey i took the upper berth streached my legs till tambaram and got see we reached Egmore 40 mins. late...It was pleasant experience this time without any hickups...smooth running and good video/pic session as well...Its time to pack this trip report...


Chalo! Thanks for reading, hope to write more :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Adding new Status in Office Communicator

I was browsing through web this week and what interested me is adding an additional status to the Office Communicator...so googling gave some 2 to 3 approach...but after doing some R&D...this is the final approach which was successful...so here it is for your doing and enjoy...

How many of us thought the status provided in the communicator is not enough! Here is the method to add your own status messages to Communicator Client in your system... See by default there are Available, Away, Do not Disturb, Be Right Back status present in your client
in addition we can tweak to add 4 more to the list (It is supposed only 4 more can be added, I feel thats the way it works!)...
All you need is to do 2 things...

Create a XML file in the following format and put the same in your
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Communicator – folder

Goto Notepad and paste the below code and save as Presence.xml

You see the XML tags in between? ...these are status that is listed.

*********************** XML File starts here ***************************


********************** XML Ends Here ****************************

You can tweak the same file to add your own status message like Lunch time, Working from home etc.


Next step is the important one...

Sign out your communicator, go to task manager and end the process of communicator.exe, this is to ensure next time you login the Presence.xml is read from the location...


Goto Windows registry editor... in Start > Run > Regedit

Traverse to node HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator

Create 2 things given below,

1. Create a String key with name CustomStateURL, give the value as

file:///c:/Program Files/Microsoft Office Communicator/Presence.xml

(Path of your XML file in c:\ we are using File protocol to call it, that’s all!)











The purpose of creating DWORD key is in Office communicator R2 edition, they have secured the way the Status is read, they have made the status to be read from Server (they consider that Highly secure !?!).. Not any more!!!


2. Create a DWORD key with the name EnableSIPHighSecurityMode, give the value as 0 (ZERO), it will be interpreted as 0x00000000(0)





Done!! ... Sign in to your communicator and you can see your status ... Viola!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Russel Peters - stand up comedy

I just happen to see his video through a friends mail and Oh man! he seems to be the best ever...He does comedy with so much conviction, you believe whatever shit he tells you... LOL :) Its Russel friends i am gonna write about...


First video i saw of his comedy was his World cup football comedy where completly mesmarises the audience and the body language he presents is his added advantage...

See how he presents about World cup football...

Its not the Fucking world cup... LOLLLL :):):)

No idea how hard it is to kick the ball straight with the curly toed shoes on... LOL





It really brings laughter out of you when he imitates chinese team ... haahaaa!!!!


Guys, you gonna see this video , even if you havent seen any of his vids... he tells about the Indian movie... heres for you



Indian movies are full of over acting ....helllllooooo... get the fuck out of my house!!!! .. LOL :)

What the fuck is the problem why arent we landing????...

Oh Sir...the movie has not finished yet!....Just 2 more hours...

It started before we left!!!!!....

This is the long version!!!!



While talking about the movie screenplay....
hero planted a tree... there was no tree before.. hah ahaaaa!!!!



Here he tells about the different names...



see ...how he tells about the african name !xobile

He had a click in his name !!!!!.... I dont care my first child is getting CLICK in his name !!!!....


Well... thats about russell but the following shows that there are russells amoung us to...

I can say laloo on full throttle!!!!



See how Speaker is laughing....

Enjoy!

Penguins of madagascar - a review

I came across this animated series when i happened to see Madagascar animation film...in that DVD was this X-MAS collection of Penguins of madagascar episodes... I instantly hooked on to it and started to watch all the episodes and i don't know when i fall in love with it!... This show is run by 4 main characters Skipper, Private, Kowalski, Rico and supporting roles by the Otter Marlene and lazy King Julien...these 4 guys will solve all problems the zoo throws at them with military style, which i feel adds up to it.





I like Rico, who swallows valuable things like bombs,when need he will regurgitate and use them...one such example will be in an episode where one of his team mate will get lost , Skipper will devise a plan to rescue him from a lady who thought him to be a penguin toy and took home.... at last it was Rico's "Kaboooom".... which taught that lady a lesson... LOL :)


Kowalski seems to be scientific minded who comes with tricks and plan, when his skipper consults him... he is good at maths and physics who comes with a strategy to solve a problem...In an episode Skipper will always consult Kowalski over a solution
mostly with a 2 word statement

Kowalski option.... Kowalski status...

One such example is a popcorn bag being snatched by King Julien...


Kowalski... Legal analysis ...
He got you skipper ... It's finder's treaty of blah blah...


Well i can go on and write more but now i am watching an episode of penguins.. while i write this...there are many episodes which will make a good time for you... Enjoy!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jhonty Rhodes - A man ahead of ball

Well what can i say about a man who changed the dynamics of Cricket game just by fielding and taught others how matches can be won by fielding alone...What thorough obedience in the fielding will cost...a man who always stays a foot or two above the ground... Yes, Its none other than our Jhonty Rhodes... who always is one step ahead of ball.




If ball does 100 Kmphs off bat,Jhonty will do 101 to catch it!!!...if i remember it right i came across a comment on him saying that "Earth is covered by 75% water and rest 25% by Jhonty."




If you see the above video, one can only imagine what happened as the stumps suddenly got uprooted!!!... It shows how Jhonty is attentive in the field.. the secret behind his ability is the pace he generates in the first few (nano..micro!!)seconds as he sees the ball approaching him...You can see him behave like normal man only in slow-motion video as he is terribly quick for the live one.


:) Good night!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Airtel Super Singer Junior 2

Airtel Super Singer Junior 2

I would say the best batch of junior team is this as all of the members are eligible to be a professional singer.Voice expert Ananth's training has brought out the real singing personalities out of these young talents...in terms of by-hearting whole songs and singing before the crowd without a single note is a very positive attitute i have seen in this kids...far more talented than i was at this age.


But what i observed is the best drama of all time has played its best show in form of partiality...Yes, in the team shrikanth is the worst person as i have seen with least ability to perform in the show are rounds getting more professional.We have clearly seen in the viewers poll that priyanka was leading choice with bright chance of getting into final rounds with her light voice best suited for soothing songs... if you take the handful of wild card round members (Srinisha,Nithyashree, Alka,Priyanka,Shravan,Roshan) each has exceptional individual qualities...

Alka's superb performance at the finals...




As Alka and Shravan has professional singing quality... Priyanka has light music singing and Nithyashree, Srinisha are the voice for heavy duty song with throw ... each gifted versatile singing proved they are capable...

Priyanka in Wildcard



See the mixing against the film video song, if priyanka would sing in the film this is what it would be... Hats off Priyanka !!!




Priyanka on many occasions got appreciation from judges as emerging best light music personnel... how come she got filtered in the finals i donno... even srinisha was blasting the show...I learnt from some sources that there are persons inside Vijay TV who are highly placed promote not so performing candidates like shrikanth to portray him as an icon....viewers are showed that he is having talent but in reality that goes for the dogs...Only purpose to promote Shrikanth is to hike the TRP among the users and i really feel that shrikanth would have not got leading votes as it is shown .... sometimes it feels very disgusting to see real talents being suppressed by mean minded persons not only in media but in real life too...


As far i see any contest it is not about first place or second place....as every person in unique and lets give chance to well performing... than promoting for one's need...As i can see Alka, Shravan getting the winner and runner is justified but potential candidates like Priyanka, nithyashree, Srinisha must also be given equal recognition as they all have unique voice capablity...

Look at the mind blowing performance by Srinisha , what a throat throw...



As i know so far Srinisha / Nithyashree / Priyanka are the best potential candidates for professional singing... who has been painfully filtered out.


I would say Priyanka, Nithyashree, Srinisha: Dont care about the prize as you have proved yourself to us as viewers...you all will be blessed forever!

Cheers.

I know! Raghuvaran

Raghuvaran the most talented villain actor ever for south indian movies...His slow voice, body language is the key to his success.There can be many villians but the one who got a permanent place into millions of heart is none other than Raghuvaran....

Who can forget his acting in BAASHA, MUDHALVAN... many more feather to his cap!




Shankar once told that he called Raghuvaran for the MUDHALVAN discussion and after hearing the whole story and his character, Raghuvaran instantly gave his trademark look, immediately shankar got the clue that Raghu already got into the character as no further discussion business anymore... went straight to shoot with him!



RIP Raghuvaran :(


Last but not least !!! Raghuvaran Comedy video...




Good night!

Tere bina zindagi se koi - Aandhi

Tere Bina Zindagi se koi




Kishore Kumar / Lata another best with RD Burman's magic.


Lyrics

--FEMALE--
Tere bina zindagi se koi shikwa to nahin
Shikwa nahin, shikwa nahin, shikwa nahin
Tere bina zindagi bhi lekin zindagi to nahin
Zindagi nahin, zindagi nahin, zindagi nahin
Tere bina zindagi se shikwa to nahin
(Ji mein aata hai tere daaman mein
Sar chhupaake hum rote rahe, rote rahe) - 2
Teri bhi aankhon mein aansuon ki nami to nahin

--MALE--
Tere bina zindagi se koi shikwa to nahin
Shikwa nahin, shikwa nahin, shikwa nahin
Tere bina zindagi bhi lekin zindagi to nahin
Zindagi nahin, zindagi nahin, zindagi nahin
(Tum jo keh do to aaj ki raat
Chaand doobega nahin, raat ko rok lo) - 2
Raat ki baat hai, aur zindagi baaqi to nahin

--FEMALE--
Tere bina zindagi se koi shikwa to nahin
Shikwa nahin, shikwa nahin, shikwa nahin

--MALE--
Tere bina zindagi bhi lekin zindagi to nahin
Zindagi nahin, zindagi nahin, zindagi nahin

--FEMALE--
Tere bina zindagi se shikwa

***************************************


What i like the most about the song is the feel it creates when i listen to it.See how decent the lyrics are as it shows the affection both has

Ji mein aata hai tere daaman mein sar chhupaake hum... rote rahe... rote rahe
Teri bi aankhon mein aansuon ki nami to nahin....

Tum jo keh d to aaj ki raat chaand doobega nahin... raat ko rok lo...

This songs reminds me of several personal feelings i have in store for... which me to listen to this song atleast once a day...

Fine... lets close this post with the same feeling!



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Extreme Machines- Kicking horse shoe pass

This is about the Extreme machine-Wheels of steels
EXTREME MACHINES - "METAL MONSTERS" 4/5



In this you can see the Canadian Pacific railway covers steep Kicking Horseshoe pass(KHP) as the train circles around the tunnel coming from underneath, it appears as if they are 2 trains but it is the same train that comes...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WDP4 Locomotive

Today we're gonna see about Wide Diesel Passenger 4 locomotive shortly dubbed as WDP4 an indian version of 4000HP diesel locomotive!
Brought into Indian railways (IR) through Transfer of Technology (ToT) from Electro Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors USA model EMD GT46PAC.Passenger version is called WDP4 and Goods version WDG4.

India's first WDP4 20000 original EMD make hauling Hyderabad-Chennai express





This loco is highly capable diesel locomotive in IR loco roster capable of pulling 24 coach train upto 110-120 KMPH, Main reason behind my impression on this loco is the characterstic aircraft like sound from the massive V16 engine.

With Udayan Express listen to this beast notching up at 0:44 just like a jet aircraft!









First i happened to see this loco in action in Guntur-Hyderabad
section where it used to pull Hyderabad express, Sabari express etc.this loco surely is termed fondly as beast, monster, king of diesel, diesel god! from any railfan seeing this loco in action.WDP4 was brought into India in 2006 in SCR, KR (South Central Railway, Konkan Railway) and in the sections of Hubli and vas co to pull heavy mineral ore up the hill section,recently WDP4 entered into SR (Southern Railway) where it is doing honors of pulling Pandian Express, Nellai Express, Guruvayur Express etc.Youtube has many videos of first day first run of WDP4 with pandian blasting more than 100+ KMPH near Mambalam / Guindy stations. I once saw this loco pulling lalbagh express to banglore thundering with horns blarring so loud you can hear them a mile away!


Though the video is 50 secs long, the whole train just took 20 seconds to clear the view, i doubt the MPS for the section is only 90 KMPH, this monster surely would have done more than 100 KMPH.




Just listen to the cattle prod like horn loud enough to awake you up from good morning sleep. Pandian Express departing from mambalam station to reach Egmore.




It is said to be most fuel efficient locomotive with milage of 0.25 KMPL with less smoke from 2 stroke EMD engine. This loco can be MU'ed upto 5, all locos operating in tandem powered by EMD2000 computer,with automatic wheel slip detection
computer can increase adhesion by applying sanding,This youtube video is an example of computer controlled wheel slip, to increase tractive effort, the wheels are made to slip on purpose.There is no doubt that this loco is called beast!









With road number starting 20000 till 20009 are imported from USA, now these have gone upto as far as 20100, indigenious production was undertaken by Diesel Loco Works,Varanasi as traction motors supplied by Siemens, Alternator by Kirloskar,20012 was nicknamed "BAAZ" with very different livery and fiberglas frame,the blue colour livery with orange stripe is BAAZ,you can see it in screenshot below

See how devastating WDP4 can be...




If u want to drive this locomotive, MSTS (Microsoft Train Simulator) can be a good idea,as add-ons developed by many hard working railfans made this possible, Thanks to them here! :)

some screen shots here...












From my personal experience i can tell you, what other rail fans tell is true,Yes! it's a beast! you dont find much when you notch 1,2 but at notch 3 you feel the shear pick up, as it accelarates very quickly, you have that feeling things are happening very quick, that too while driving LHF (Long Hood First) with the driver cab at the back, there are 2 protrutions that would hinder your view; one being the Dynamic braking grid and the radiator grill at the end, many a times you could miss a signal due to poor visiblity.Recently there was a story in CNN-IBN highlighting this major issue.What i say is that it is not a design issue as this loco is designed as per US standards, We are using it in other way :(










What i could suggest is that railway can implement turn-table as it was used for steam engines to reverse or use Wye placement tracks so that we can reverse and change the direction.Indian Railways are always in denial mode of poor visiblity, Ofcourse it is not the design fault as this loco is designed by US standards and in US they always drive a loco SHF (Driver Cab in the front).But i have seen in WDG4's which always runs in MU mode, they couple a loco at last facing back direction just in case if any problem they can pull out in SHF mode.
Why not for WDP4 be used in SHF using turntable/Wye i really don't know what is going on :( If Indian railways are in pride that not even a single accident as been reported with WDP4, then its time they realise it might happen any time.

Though with such a locomotive dont think your train might arrive before time...as tracks are not in good condition all over India and some way or other there are speed restrictions which blocks continous running.

Have a safe journey!

Cheers!