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DIESEL FIESTA

By: S.SHANKAR

 

Large scale electrification on the Indian Railways  has meant that some of the juiciest assignments are no longer under the perview of diesel. Nonetheless, the faithful diesels still account for nearly 65% of the rail traction scenario in India.

Gone are those days of double (diesel) headed superfast express trains with 21 cars, thundering across the countryside  at 110 kmph+ , between destinations thousands of miles apart. Indeed, super trains hauled by twin diesels earned an enviable reputation for their puctuality, reliability, convenience and speed.

Electrics have  almost completely taken over on the high speed trunk routes today, leaving mostly secondary routes for the diesels, or other routes that are as yet still under electrification or are not densely worked enough to justify electrification.(1999).

Large scale  regauging from metre and narrow gauges to the wide broad gauge will of course ensure that diesels will still be around for a while, at least on most of such routes, which are not of that much importance, rail traffic wise.

Surprisingly, the electric invasion notwithstanding, several  new and more powerful diesels have been outshopped in the very recent past, and a massive 4000 hp GT Mac diesel with an uncomfortably lenghty long hood is due to come in from GM, USA. This is a very advanced machine technically, though a torture for the drivers if they are unfortunate enough to have to drive long hood leading. A couple of them have already arrived (1999), and they will soon be built in India.  A passenger version, classed WDP/4 has also been received in small quantities.

Despite the reservations several folks have about diesel, it is probably the most trusted and reliable form of traction today. While electrification may demand heave capital expenditure, and coal to run the power stations, few countries can actually afford this kind of extravagance. They do not mind braving the oil prices and the fluctuation as long as they can obtain a relatively trouble-free, reliable and powerful mode of railway traction. Diesel is the answer to this, and that is what has made diesel the most widespread mode of railway traction worldwide.

Although most rail enthusiasts will tell you that they are primarily steam fans, the good old diesels too have their own faithful band of followers in most countries of the world, including Britain, the country where the steam locomotive was invented. 

 

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I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THIS PAGE TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND THE MOST ACTIVE IRFCA MEMBER APURVA BAHADUR, WITHOUT WHOSE HELP AND SUPPORT THIS PAGE MIGHT NEVER HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT OF THE DAY. THIS WAS MY FIRST WEB PAGE, AND APURVA PATIENTLY EXPLAINED TO ME THE RUDIMENTS OF WEB PAGE BUILDING, STEP BY STEP. APURVA IS AN OUT AND OUT DIESEL FAN AS WELL, HENCE THIS DEDICATION. A BIG THANK YOU, APURVA.Panel represents Tuqlakabad (TKD) livery (Also Kalka)

 

CLICK ON EACH THUMBNAIL TO ENLARGE RESPECTIVE IMAGE. THEREAFTER HIT 'BACK' ON YOUR BROWSER TO RETURN TO THIS PAGE

ALTERNATIVELY, RIGHT CLICK ON EACH THUMBNAIL AND SELECT 'OPEN IN NEW WINDOWTO CONTINUE VIEWING THIS PAGE UNINTERRUPTED Panel represents Ludhiana (LDH) livery

F THE FOLLOWING PANELS ATTEMPTS TO RE-CREATE THE NUMEROUS LIVERIES T

Each panel tries to recapitulate the livery those wonderful diesels were spotted in. In the case of single color livery, the color of the text is usually (though not always) the color of the trim. The table borders invariably represent the color of the trim. I have tried to match the color of the liveries as exactly as possible, but they are not 100% accurate due to limitations.
Each panel states the name of the shed its color scheme represents. A word of caution, however: THE THUMBNAIL DOES  NOT CONTAIN THE PICTURE OF A LOCOMOTIVE AS PER THE LIVERY REPRESENTED BY THE PANEL. In other words, the panel livery and the livery of the locomotive shown by the thumbnail are not the same in most cases. Panel represents Gooty (GY) livery. A handful of engines had this livery inverted: orange on top and light blue at the bottom.                                                                                 

 

A basic railcar used on the Nizam's State Railway, circa 1929.

1. Humble beginnings: one of the earliest diesel powered trains in India (circa 1928): a basic railcar of the Nizam's State Railway. None are preserved. (Scanned from a photograph taken from the book 'Indian Railway 100 Years). Panel represents: Kalyan (KYN) livery                                                                                                                      

 

A WDM/2 diesel running LHF accelerates out of Pune with the very late running 7031 Bombay-Hyderabad Express.

 
2. Night falls as a WDM/2 unit accelerates out of Pune (Poona) Jn. with the very late running 7031 Bombay- Hyderabad Express in Nov. 1994.Panel represents Erode (ED) livery

 

A WDM/2 # 17989R exhibits incomplete combustion as she accelerates out of Kirloskarwadi with the 7384 Maharashtra Express. (circa 2001).

 

3. A WDM/2 unit # 17989R exhibits incomplete combustion as she powers out of Kirloskarwadi with the 7384 Maharashtra Express in 2001. (Photo courtesy: Apurva Bahadur) Panel represents Golden Rock (Trichy) (GOC) livery

 

A typical Indian scene, complete with goat: a YDM/4 at Villupuram has just brought in the Cholan Express, and makes way for a YAM/1 electric for the last leg of its journey to Madras Egmore.

4. A typical Indian scene, complete with goat: having brought in the Cholan Express into Villupuram, the YDM/4 diesel makes way for a comely YAM/1 electric for the last leg of the train's journey to Madras Egmore. (Nov.1997).Panel represents Gooty (GY) livery. A handful of engines had this livery inverted: orange on top and light blue at the bottom.  

 

A YDM/2 diesel unit readies to leave Kumbakonam in Southern India with a slow shuttle to Tanjore. (Thanjavur): circa 1997.

5. A YDM/2 readies to leave Kumbakonam in Southern India with a slow shuttle train to Tanjore. (Thanjavur). (Nov. 1997). Panel represents Golden Rock (Trichy) (GOC) livery                                                                                                     

 

A decreipt WDM/2 diesel unit in typical Gooty light blue/orange livery pulls into Hyderabad on a sizzling summer's day in 1996.

 

6. A decreipt WDM/2 unit pulls into Hyderabad station on a sizzling summer's day in 1996. My friend, who shot this picture for me, planted the man in the foreground as a decoy, as photography in stations is prohibited. He got caught nonetheless! The locomotive is in Gooty (GY) shed's typical light blue/orange livery. This is one of the rare units with the livery inverted: orange on top and light blue at the bottom..Panel represents Krishnarajapuram (Blr.) (KJM) livery

 

When diesels were in their prime, they had pride of place in working double headed superfasts on trunk routes, as seen here.

 

7. When diesels were in their prime, they had pride of place in working double headed superfasts on trunk routes, as seen here. This train has just left Nizamuddin in Delhi and will run all the way to the South: a journey of nearly 3,000 km. Most of these trunk routes are now electrified. (Scanned from the book: Modern Locomotives) Panel represents Tuqlakabad (Dli.) (TKD) livery, (Also Kalka)

 

THEY SAID IT !!

Here is a rundown of the chronology of events at the massive Diesel Loco Works from DLW veteran Mr. R. Venkataraman (lovingly known as Laliram), an elderly member of the irfca:

Friends,


I dont know how far this historical data is useful to you.  Anyway, here it is: Do you like this?


1961 Aug:    DLW came into existence
1962 Feb:    Collaboration agreement entered into with ALCO
1964 Jan:    First BG loco WDM-2 commissioned by Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri
1967 Jan:    100th BG Loco commissioned by Shri S.K. Patil, Rly Minister
1968 Sep:    200th BG Locomotive turned out
1968 Nov:    First MG Loco YDM-4 "HUBLI" by Sri Morarji Desai
1969 May:    250th BG locomotive turned out
1970 Mar:    300th BG locomoitive turned out
1972 Mar:    501th locomotive turned out
1975 Feb:    First BG Shunting locomotive WDS-6 turned out
1976 Jan:     First MG locomotive for export to Tanzania by Md Shafi Qureshi
1977 Mar:    1000th locomotive turned out.
1977 Jun:    Prototype High speed bogie (170 Km/hr) completed
1977 Dec:    First D.G set at Petrofills, Baroda

1980 Aug:    First AC/DC WDM-2 loco commisioned
1980 Dec:    1500th locomotive turned out
1981 July:     First BG branch line loco (WDM-6) commissioned
1982 Sep:    100th BG Shunting locomotive (WDS-6) turned out
1984 May:    2000th locomotive completed
1984 May:    First shipment of export order of 15 MG locos to Vietnam

Venkatraman

(slightly edited to ensure continuity) (panel represents Kalyan (KYN) livery)

 

A YDM/4 running LHF readies to leave Madurai in May 1992 with the Pandyan Express to Madras Egmore.

 

8. The Pandyan Express readies to leave Madurai in May 1992 behind a YDM/4 running LHF. For an engine standing on line, the driver has not even switched on the marker (aspect) lamps: dangerous! We survived the journey quite comfortably, nonetheless!      Panel represents Kazipet (KZJ) livery, Also Ernakulam (ERS)

 

Elsewhere, elder sister WDM/2 leaves Erode with the West Coast Express to Madras.

 
9. Elsewhere, elder sister WDM/2 leaves Erode with the  West Coast Express to Madras. (Scanned from book: Modern Locomotives). Panel represents typically Tuqlakabad (Dli.) (TKD) livery: a favorite of that shed for several years

 

A WDM/2 unit makes a hefty effort as she accelerates out of Pune in 1992 with a heavy South-bound freight.

10. A WDM/2 makes a hefty effort with a heavy South bound freight as she accelerates out of Pune (Poona) Jn. on a sizzling summer's day in May 1992. Panel represents the most commonly seen livery: IR standard

 

Alas, a sight that will never again be repeated: the double headed Bombay Central - New Delhi Rajdhani Express on the Bassein (Vasai) creek bridge near Bombay.

11.  Alas, a sight that will never again be repeated: the double headed Bombay Central - New Delhi Rajdhani Express on the Bassein (Vasai) creek bridge near Bombay. The train is now electric hauled throughout. Note mismatched generator car. (first car).(Picture downloaded from the web). Panel represents Guntakal (GTL) livery

 

Here is a locomotive everyone loves to hate: the Jumbo WDM/2.

12. Here is a locomotive that everyone loves to hate: a 'Jumbo' variant of the WDM/2. This unit is pictured at Pune (Poona) in March 1992. Due to lousy visibility with either end leading, there is now a move to rebuild all Jumbos as conventional WDM/2 machines at the time of their overhaul. Represents Ratlam livery, Also Abu Road (ABR): ABR locos have the cream extending right across the locomotive ends.

 

A dramatic shot of the Vaigai Express from atop the Rock Fort in Trichy, as it crosses the Cauvery River before entering Trichy.

13. A dramatic shot of the Vaigai Express as she crosses the Cauvery (or Kollidam) river just before entering Tiruchirapalli. This picture was shot by a friend in July 1995 from atop the Rock Fort in Trichy. Panel represents Kazipet (KZJ) livery.

 

A WDM/2 and a WDG/2 at the Pune diesel shed in 2000.

 

14. A WDG/2 freight engine and a humble WDM/2 at the Pune (Poona) diesel shed in 2000. While the WDM/2 is moving in to take charge of the 2780 Nizamuddin-Vasco Goa Express at the Pune station platform, the WDG/2 has just come in, and is due for a trip schedule. (Photo courtesy: Apurva Bahadur) Panel represents Kazipet (KZJ) livery

 

15. A view of Tuqlakabad diesel shed in New Delhi.(Scanned from the Business India Magazine: Nov. 1997). (This panel has the caption first and the picture afterwards to give a true representationof this color scheme: the green is the largest portionof this livery).This panel represents Kazipet (KZJ) livery.
 

A view of Tuqlakabad diesel shed in New Delhi.

 

A headlight beam is all that can usually be seen of trains working hard throughout the night.

 
16.A headlight beam is all that can be seen as your train works hard throughout thenight. Here is a WDS/4 at Pune (Poona) Jn. in 1994. This panel represents Pune (PUNE) livery. (WDS/6 shunters)

 

In bright daylight, a YDM/4 prepares to leave Madras Egmore with the superfast Pallavan Express to Tiruchirapalli. The train is b.g. now.

 
17. In broad daylight, a YDM/4 unit readies to leave Madras Egmore in 1992 with the superfast Pallavan Express to Tiruchirapally.Alas, m.g. is gone from Madras Egmore now,and the train is now b.g., hauled by a WDP/2 or even a WDM/2. Panel represents Vatwa (Ahmedabad) (VTW) livery.

 

A NDM/1 leaves Matheran for Neral through a delightful glen.

18. A dimunitive NDM/1 leaves Matheran for Neral and passes through a delightful glen with a packed train. Sadly, these engines are gone now, and more modern NDM/6 machines have taken their place. Panel represents Tuqlakabad (Dli.) (TKD) livery. Engines in this livery were meant for Shatabdi Express trains, but now are utilized universally.

 

A WDM/2 readies to leave Pune in 1994 with the shuttle train to Daund.

19. Shot at an unusual angle, a WDM/2 running LHF readies to leave Pune (Poona) in 1994 with the shuttle to Daund. Engine is in Krishnarajapuram shed (KJM) livery. Note another locomotive in light blue/orange Gooty (GY) shed livery on the next track. Panel represents Kazipet (KZJ) livery

 

An elderly WDM/1 accelerates with an enormous freight near Balugaon on the SER.

 

20. Aesthetically very pleasing, but not really the proper thing for a diesel to do, an elderly WDM/1 seems to mean business as she accelerates with an enormous freight near Balugaon on the S.E.R.   (Photo courtesy John Lacey.) Panel represents Tuqlakabad (Dli.) (TKD) livery

 

A dimunitive YDM/2 unit prepares to leave Hyderabad in 1995 with a shuttle train to Bodhan: a neighboring town.

21. A YDM/2 readies to leave Hyderabad in 1996 with a shuttle train to Bodhan: a neighboring town. The line is now b.g. Panel represents Ratlam (typical Frontier Mail) livery (darker than the usual maroon)

 

Twin WDM/2 elder sisters blast past with a heavy freight train at Adoni in the failing daylight in Nov. 1994.

22. Twin WDM/2 elder sisters blast past with a heavy freight train at Adoni in the failing daylight in Nov. 1994. Panel represents Neral (NRL) livery.(NDM/1 ng engines) Also Kacheguda (YDM/2 locomotives). Other sheds also had a handful of locomotives in this livery.

 

Shot from inside an m.g. e.m.u. train at Tambaram, this picture shows a YDM/4 blasting throught he station with the Vasigai Express from Madurai.

 
23. Shot from inside an m.g. e.m.u. train at Tambaram, this picture shows a YDM/4 blasting throught he station with the Vaigai Express from Madurai. The engine returned to Tiruchirapalli a few minutes later heading the Pallavan Express, after a quick turn around to again have the short hood forward.  Panel represents Krishnarajapuram (Blr.) (KJM) livery for new WDP/2 locos

 

A dramatic contrast where twin WDM/2 diesels hauling a heavy freight (just outside the picture) provide foreground to an old faithful: a WG freight steam locomotive.

 

24. A dramatic contrast where twin WDM/2 diesels hauling a heavy freight (just outside the picture) provide foreground to an old faithful: a WG freight steam locomotive, which has cleared the field for these beasts after ruling the roost for several decades. Location: Nagpur, Dec.1986.Panel represents livery of unknown shed: found on new WDP/2  locos

 

Business end of a diesel push-pull train between Diva and Bassein (Vasai Road). A WDM/2 diesel locomotive is coupled mid rake.

 

25. Modern traffic requirements call for innovations. This is the business end of a diesel push-pull train which runs between Diva and Vasai Road (Bassein). One WDM/2 unit is coupled mid-rake, and driving controls are provided in a cab at either end, as seen here.(Picture Courtesy: Apurva Bahadur). Panel represents Kazipet (KZJ) livery, esp. WDP/1 locos.

 

An earlier and more crude version of the push-pull is seen here, where the end cabs are merely rectangular slits cut into the car ends.

26. An earlier and more crude version of the push-pull is seen here, where the end cabs are merely rectangular slits cut into the car ends.This picture shows a crowded push-pull with locomotive coupled mid-rake. This make up the Virar-Dahanu Road shuttle service on the WR. Withthe introduction of modern ac/dc e.m.u. trainsets, these crude units will soon be history. One pair of ac/dc e.m.u. services was inaugurated in June 2001. (Picture Courtesy: Apurva Bahadur). Panel represents liveries of: Krishnarajapuram (Blr.)(new WDP/2 locos), Kalyan (KYN): (Diva-Vasai Push pull services)

 

A pair of WDM/2s storm into Madgaon in 2001 with the 2780 Goa Express, on the last leg of its journey between Madgaon and Vasco de Gama.

27. Early morning arrival at Madgaon on the Konkan Railway is this SCR originated 2780 Nizamuddin-Vasco de Gama Goa Express, on the last leg of its journey from Madgaon to Vasco. This train is hauled by a pair of WDM/2 diesels. (May 2001). (Picture Courtesy: Apurva Bahadur).  Panel represents Hubli (UBL) (new WDG/4 locos) original livery

 

A n.g. ZDM/3 unit raises dust as she enters Daund with a passenger train from Baramati. The route has now been re-gauged to b.g.

 

28. A ZDM/3 2' 6" ng diesel unit raises dust as she enters Daund Jn. with a passenger train from Baramati in 1992. The line has since been re-gauged to b.g., and services ply from Baramati to Pune (Poona) direct. One of the b.g.rakes uses double decker cars. Panel represents Mughal Sarai (MGS) and Waltair (WAT) livery: (WDM/4 locos)

 

A YRD/1 class diesel railcar on the Lucknow-Cawnpore mg route.

29. A YRD/1 class diesel railcar on the Lucknow-Cawnpore (Kanpur) m.g. route.(Picture scanned from India: No Problem Sahib) Panel represents Vijayawada (BZA) livery, esp.WDS/4 shunters

 

A WDM/4 leaves Lucknow for Dehradun with the Doon Express. Most of these engines have now (2001) been withdrawn, and one is preserved at the NRM New Delhi.

 

30. A WDM/4 leaves Lucknow station with the Doon Express to Dehradun. Most of the WDM/4s have now (2001) been withdrawn, and one is preserved at the National Rail Museum, New Delhi. (Scanned from the old edition of 'India by Rail'). Panel represents livery of Pune (PUNE) and other sheds. (nowadays std. livery on WDG/2 locos.)

 

Built out of surplus e.m.u. cars is this medical relief train on the Konkan Railway.

 
31. Built out of surplus wide bodied e.m.u. cars is this diesel powered medical relief van on the Konkan Railway.(Photo Courtesy: Bharat Vohra) Panel represents Kurla (Bombay) (CLA) livery: esp.WDS/4 shunting locos. Navy blue arrow heads were painted on the sides of these locos.

 

A YDM/2 leaves Hyderabad with a shuttle train to neighboring Bodhan on a sizzling day in 1996.

 

32. A YDM/2 leaves Hyderabad with a shuttle train to neighboring Bodhan on a sizzling day in 1996. Note bicycle on running plate! Panel represents Mettupalayam (MTP) shed livery.(Nilgiri Mountain Railway locos.)

 

Railroad workers hitch a ride on a  WDS/6 heavy shunter at Daund in 1992.

33. Railroad workers hitch a ride on a  WDS/6 heavy shunter at Daund in 1992. The engine is painted in green/yellow spinach and egg livery, once a favorite with the SR's Golden Rock shed (GOC) in Tiruchirapalli. Panel represents Waltair (WAT)  shed livery, used mainly on WDM/1 locos

 

A YDM/4 makes a hefty effort on a stone viaduct near Aryankavu on the Quilon-Tenkasi line.

34. A YDM/4 makes a hefty effort on a stone viaduct near Aryankavu on the Quilon-Tenkasi line. The line is now being re-gauged to b.g. (Scanned from a magazine. Source not noted.) (Thanks to fellow-irfca member John Lacey for specifying the exact location.) Panel represents Kazipet (KZJ) shed livery

 

A dimunitive NDM/1 lets out a plume of purple smoke as she accelerates while hugging a sharp curve en-route to Matheran in May 1992.

 
35. A dimunitive NDM/1 lets out a plume of purple smoke as she accelerates while hugging a sharp curve en-route to Matheran in May 1992. One locomotive at Asansol (ASN) shed bore this livery. The engine was christened 'Black Beauty'

 

A WDS/4 unit shunts the rake of the Pune (Poona) - Jammu Tawil Jhelum Express in the blistering heat of summer in March 1992.

36. A WDS/4 unit shunts the rake of the Pune (Poona) - Jammu Tawil Jhelum Express in the blistering heat of summer in March 1992. Panel represents IR standard livery with lighter (off white) trim

 

A dimunitive YDM/4 unit backs out of Mysore station towards the shed.

37. A dimunitive YDM/4 unit backs out of Mysore station towards the shed. Today, with most of the lines out of Mysore already re-gauged to b.g., although it is still possible to spot these locos there (2001), they are only in charge of shuttle trains between Mysore and Nanjangund/Chamarajnagar. (Picture Courtesy: Apurva Bahadur). Panel represents Krishnarajapuram (Blr.) (KJM) shed livery. This livery was a favorite with this shed in the mid 1980s

 

The brand new high speed passenger diesel the WDP/2.

38. The brand new high speed passenger diesel the WDP/2. These locomotives,with a 160 kmph speed capability and a refreshing new carbody design are all set to become the pride of the IR fleet. Several have been churned out already, and their numbers are increasing gradually. (Picture courtesy I.S.Anand). Panel reprsents Kazipet (KZJ) livery

 

Another  WDP/2, just out of the works in Sept. 1999.

 

39. Another  WDP/2, just out of the works in Sept. 1999. (Scanned from the Indian Railways Magazine, circa Sept.1999). Shed not known (Swarnajayanti livery)

 

 

THEY SAID IT!!

Here is a note I received from Mr. Atul Singh, Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer (Projects) of the Diesel Loco Works, Varanasi: a rare honor indeed to be noticed by someone at the helm of affairs!

hi shankar

i saw your site on 29/08/2001 and found it quite interesting.

incidentally i have been on the manufacturing end of your subject locos for the past 6 years.

my interest has mainly been the wdp2 loco- a total of 44 were made till march 2001. in trying to make them a little more interesting starting from road no. 15528 i gave them a new paint scheme(actually 2), the one with 'diesel power' emblazoned on the side in english and 'diesel shakti' in hindi. you'll find them all based at TKD(tughlakabad DSL shed). the serial nos of the wdp2's starts from 15501 (as u may be aware) and goes up to 15544. one loco no 15535 is based somewhere in the south (maybe GOC dsl shed-i'm not sure)

some of the tech specs are as follows

V-16 3100 hp 251C upgraded power pack using a ABB/GE turbo supercharger and MICO 17mm dia FIP's

Radiator size has been increased as in the WDG2, AC/DC transmission(Traction Alternator and DC Traction Motors). High speed 2 stage suspension flexi coil bogies enabling it to reach speeds in excess of 160 kmph ( successful trials were conducted at 180 kmph in early 2001 on the Delhi-Agra route). one of the major changes from the maintenance point was shift from the conventional suspension bearing traction motors to the modern, maintenance friendly, roller bearing traction motors.

also the last loco of the millenium from DLW was a WDP2 road no. 15538 which had a silver and navy blue paint scheme and reflective decals and lettering. i have a snap of it. i'll try to get it scanned for u.

the more recent locos from DLW have been

WDM2 for bangladesh rlys (10 nos -during march to august 2001)

wdm2 for srilankan rlys (2 nos -currently under assembly)

a prototype metre gauge full width twin cab loco is currently under assembly at DLW and should roll out somewhere in October 2001. it is being made mainly for the malaysian market and hence aptly named garuda by yours truly. both the cabs are air conditioned, with a toilet, 12 cylinder alco/DLW power-pack churning out 2300 hp(same as in WDP1) fabricated Co-Co bogies and an electrically operated parking brake.

i hope i have'nt bored u to death with all the above.

if anything is of interest to u from DLW just give me a tap.

atul singh

deputy chief mechanical engineer/projects

dlw

(slightly edited to ensure continuity) (Panel represents Guntakal (GTL) livery

 

This is the high tech 4000 hp GT Mac diesel from GM, USA. These engines have been classed WDG/4 in India.

40. This is the high tech 4000 hp GT Mac diesel from GM, USA, seen here on a flat car pending shipment to India. The unusually long and uncomfortable long hood can well be appreciated. The IR gives a lame excuse of the engine otherwise becoming too tall if a dual cab version were to be chosen. Pity the poor drivers. These engines have been classed WDG/4 in India, and a passenger version, the WDP/4 has also arrived in India. (Photo courtesy Larry Russell).  Panel represents Golden Rock (Trichy) (GOC) livery

 

A picture of the massive GT Mac WDG/4, which appeared on the cover of the Indian Railways magazine in Sept. 1999.

41. A picture of the massive GT Mac WDG/4, which appeared on the cover of the Indian Railways magazine in Sept. 1999. (Photo scanned from the IR magazine circa Sept. 1999). Panel represents earlier Golden Rock (Trichy) (GOC) livery

 

The first Indian built GT Mac WDG/4 just out of the works at Varanasi in August 1999.

42. The first Indian built GT Mac WDG/4 just out of the works at Varanasi in August 1999.(Scanned from the Indian Railways Magazine, circa Sept.1999). Panel represents New Jalpaiguri (NJP) livery(NDM/6 Darjeeling locos.)

 

The new WDG/4 beasts are as ugly from the uncomfortable long hood end as they are beautiful from the short hood side.

 

43. The new WDG/4 beasts are as ugly from the uncomfortable long hood end as they are beautiful from the short hood side. Here is a view from the long hood, taken by Apurva Bahadur in 2000. (Picture Courtesy: Apurva Bahadur). Livery indicated in panel was previously of Kazipet (KZJ) shed, present shed not known (nowadays standard d.m.u. livery esp. on the Konkan Railway)

 

The double headed Bangalore-new Delhi Karnataka Express entering Daund in 1998.

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44. The double headed Bangalore-new Delhi Karnataka Express entering Daund in 1998. This scene will soon disappear after the Daund-Manmad line is electrified. (Picture Courtesy: Apurva Bahadur). Panel represents Golden Rock (GOC) livery, notably on some YDM/2 locos.

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Henschel of Germany supplied these dimunitive Bo-Bo diesels to the IR. These were classified WDM/3.

45. Henschel of Germany supplied these dimunitive Bo-Bo diesels to the IR. These were classified WDM/3. Seven were built in all: though initially based at Gooty, the last three surviviors were last know (2000) to be at Bardhamman (Burdwan) on the ER. All are withdrawn now. Although not repeated by the IR, despite a lot of Indianization to the locomotives, the Diesel Loco Works built a few machines for Sri Lanka, based on this design. (Picture Courtesy: Larry Russell/ Phil Wormald). Panel represents Itarsi (ET) shed livery

 

India's first attempts at dieselization on th broad gauge (circa 1958-59) were made using these unidirectional WDM/1 'A' units.

46. India's first attempts at dieselization on the broad gauge (circa 1958-59) were made using these unidirectional WDM/1 'A' units. All are now withdrawn (2001): This unit is at the National Rail Museum, New Delhi, awaiting display. (Picture Courtesy: Satish Pai). Shed not noted, very probably Ludhiana (LDH)

 

A train headed by a new NDM/6 locomotive ascends towards Matheran from Neral. All trains going uphill have the engine coupled Long Hood Forward.

47. After several years of uninterrupted service, the dimunitive NDM/1s of the Matheran line were finally due for retirement. Replacements for these are these NDM/6 units, built by the private sector firm of Suri and Nayar.Similar locomotives were also put on line on the Darjeeling line (2000). While the Matheran NDM/6s appear to be working quite well, the ones on the Darjeeling line drew much flak, especially after a derailment. This one is seen ascending towards Matheran from Neral. All trains going uphill have the engine coupled Long Hood Forward.(Picture Courtesy: Srinivas Joshi). Panel represents Itarsi (ET) livery

 

This is the normal view from a standard WDM/2 locomotive running Long Hood Forward.

 

48. Finally, despite the uncomfortably lengthy long hood of the WDG/4 GT Mac, D.L.W. officials assure us that the view from the longhood is better than on the standard WDM/2, due to additional 'bay windows'. This is the normal view from a standard WDM/2 locomotive running Long Hood Forward. (Photo Courtesy: Dr. Shirish Yande.) Panel represents Hubli (UBL)(new WDG/4 locos) present day livery

 

THE DIESEL SAGA CONTINUES:

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YOU CAN SEE MORE DIESEL IMAGES IN THE DIESEL SECTION OF MY SUPER-RAILWAY SITE. GO TO

http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Coast/9896/superrlydsel.htm

Plenty of diesel action to be seen in Apurva Bahadur's site. Apurva is an out and out diesel fan, and it shows!!

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[Phil Wormald's Pages]  [Dave's Pages] [Richard Morisson's Pages]

Also visit the Bangalore/Mysore and Madras (Chennai) pages of my other website 'Chasing Trains in the New Millenium':

Official Website of the Diesel Locomotive Works

Comments/questions?

 

E-mail me at:      ani_bird.gif (6450 bytes)               frontier_mail@yahoo.com

(Please mention 'DIESEL FIESTA' while writing.)

 

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OTHER INDIAN RAILWAYS LINKS: click on the panel below:

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Click to visit the IRFCA list at Yahoo Groups
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You can also join by sending e-mail to: irfca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Alternatively, you can simply send an e-mail to: irfca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

OVERSEAS LINKS

 

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Railway Photography, Drawings and movies to view and download

 

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