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Indian Railways WAP-4

Some time back, I travelled to India and I will be posting some shots, some loosely revolving around the typical modes of transport. Not an exhaustive collection by any standard, but some that I came across.

 

This is a WAP4 electric locomotive, capable of hauling 26 coaches at 140kmph. According to wiki, this is the top speed set by the Indian Railways but the loco is capable of doing 169kmph. Painted on the front are a serial number, the Indian Railways zone and the shed (location) this particular loco belongs to. Six axles take up the 120t load of this engine. This is perhaps one of the older versions; the newer ones have headlights mounted on the top.

 

In the background is a second class chair car(meaning you need a ticket to board the coach but there is no seat reservation).

Indian Railways WAP-4

Some time back, I travelled to India and I will be posting some shots, some loosely revolving around the typical modes of transport. Not an exhaustive collection by any standard, but some that I came across.

 

This is a WAP4 electric locomotive, capable of hauling 26 coaches at 140kmph. According to wiki, this is the top speed set by the Indian Railways but the loco is capable of doing 169kmph. Painted on the front are a serial number, the Indian Railways zone and the shed (location) this particular loco belongs to. Six axles take up the 120t load of this engine. This is perhaps one of the older versions; the newer ones have headlights mounted on the top.

 

In the background is a second class chair car(meaning you need a ticket to board the coach but there is no seat reservation).

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Aug 2014, 00:14
Really like this shot, Ayush, and the narrative to describe it.

I travelled from Delhi to Agra, and return, by train in 1997 and found it to be a memorable experience.

I also travelled the Toy Train, at Darjeerling, in 2012.
Ayush Basu: I was able to visit Darjeeling only once when the toy train was sadly not in operation, Ray
Nice to have caught two different trains in one shot!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for tthe comment Elizabeth
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Aug 2014, 06:45
Indian railways are a thing of great wonderment Ayush, we have had a series on BBC TV featuring their amazing scope & capacity
Ayush Basu: Thank you for putting it that way, Chris. They are a source of wonderment for me too
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 4 Aug 2014, 09:04
Looks like a great series Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Oh you've heaped a lot of pressure on me now Chad
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Aug 2014, 11:13
The grids in front of the wind shield glass must mean that there are huge insects flying around.
Ayush Basu: I think the approach to design was really... really conservative, Louis!smile
I like the design of this locomotive Ayush!
Ayush Basu: A bit angular as far as the leading exterior goes, Richard! Thank you fo the visit and the comment
Great shot Ayush! And I look forward to seeing more from India smile
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much Martin. I hope to live up to the expectations!
love the contrast of this picture Ayush! fantastic..and thanks for sharing
Ayush Basu: My pleasure Ronky, thanks for joining me on this journey!
Nice shot of the two different styles, Ayush. I've often seen images of people riding on top of Indian trains and wondered if this means they ride free.
Ayush Basu: Beverly, what all rail lines I saw were all equipped with 11000V of AC (overhead, not third rail). I have heard this said for railways of Indonesia, Bangladesh and Ecuador. So I reckon it would be an additional task to look out for distinguishing marks on the loco livery.
I really like this shot and your notes Ayush. I have watched the same television series as Chris, last weeks was the Nilgiri narrow gauge steam railway in the mountains up to Ooty.
Ayush Basu: I have often heard of this place and never really been there but the hill stations of India have different railways (as opposed to the broad gauge mainline). Thank you very much for your input, Brian
I look forward to the rest of these,Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Oh you've heaped a lot of pressure on me now, Frank
A colourful array! The WAP4 is a pretty ugly beast, isn't it? smile
Ayush Basu: I reckon the cosmetics were not driving the design of this loco, Dr. Tom smile Thank you for the comment.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Aug 2014, 01:18
Lovely to see the two different trains side by side.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the comment Cherie, a chance encounter. I hope the coming posts are up to the mark CP

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