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August Kranti Rajdhani passing sequence..
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1. Khar Road station....17:57 pm. WCAM2 21880 brings in the 2953 DN AK Raj, having left BCT some 17 minutes ago!! The train was doing only about 65 kmph but I managed to get some motion blur any how!!
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2. The line is all clear for the AK as it builds up speed after having cleared the speed restrictions at Bandra! Note the Shatabdi power car near the engine!!
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3. Luckily a matching power car for the AK rake! The signal has dropped back to red........Siddharth and I timed WR's efficiency and came back with impressive figures...green to green again...58 secs on a through fast line!
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4. The AK has exited Khar station and is threading its way to the northern suburbs of Bombay....tail light flashing!! To the right of the picture is the wagon repair depot and the Bandra marshalling yard also known as 'BAMY'!
WCAM3 hauled trains
Pragati Exp Train - Bombay-Pune Pragati Exp (DN)
Locomotive - WCAM3, 21890, Kalyan Shed, CR
Load Details - 17 coaches, Air Braked
Location - Vidyavihar station between VT and Kalyan, Maharashtra
Estimated Speed - 80 kmph
Deccan Queen Train - Bombay-Pune Deccan Queen (DN)
Locomotive - WCAM3, 21884, Kalyan Shed, CR
Load Details - 17 coaches, Air Braked
Location - Vidyavihar station between VT and Kalyan, Maharashtra
Estimated Speed - 85 kmph
WCAM1 hauled expresses
Gujarat Exp Train - Bombay-Ahmedabad Gujarat Exp (DN)
Locomotive - WCAM1, 21822, Valsad Shed, WR
Load Details - 18 coaches, Vacuum Braked
Location - Virar station between BCT and Surat, Maharashtra
Estimated Speed - 90 kmph
Kutch Exp Train - Bombay-Gandhidham Kutch Exp (9031 DN)
Locomotive - WCAM1, 21843, Valsad Shed, WR
Load Details - 16 coaches, Vacuum Braked
Location - Khar Road station between BCT and Virar, Maharashtra
Estimated Speed - 70 kmph
Rajdhani's at speed
WDM2 Hauled Double Headed 2952 UP Train - New Delhi-BCT Rajdhani Exp (2952 UP)
Locomotive - Double Headed WDM2's, 18858 & 17324, Ratlam Shed, WR
Load Details - 19 coaches, Air Braked
Location - Virar station between BCT and Surat, Maharashtra
Estimated Speed - 85 kmph
Notes - Sadly a sight one cannot see anymore!! This is probably the most fascinating train passing sight for me!!
WCAM2 Hauled 2952 UP Train - New Delhi-BCT Rajdhani Exp (2952 UP)
Locomotive - WCAM2 21875, Valsad Shed, WR
Load Details - 19 coaches, Air Braked
Location - Kelve Road station between BCT and Surat, Maharashtra
Estimated Speed - 115+ kmph
Notes - Siddharth and I timed the train passing and were left in complete awe of it.....13 seconds for 19 coaches plus the engine to pass!!!! Beautiful sight it was!!
AK Raj Train - Hazrat Nizammudin-BCT August Kranti Rajdhani Exp (2954 UP)
Locomotive - WCAM1, 21844, Valsad Shed, WR
Load Details - 14 coaches, Air Braked
Location - Kelve Road station between BCT and Surat, Maharashtra
Estimated Speed - 105 kmph
Notes - Matching power cars to our suprise again!! WCAM1 hauling this train is very rare and looks most unimpressive and weak compared to the bigger and mightier WCAM2's
Shatabdis's at speed
Pune Shatabdi Train - Bombay-Pune Shatabdi Exp (DN)
Locomotive - WCM5, 20193, Kalyan Shed, CR
Load Details - 8 coaches, Air Braked
Location - Diva Junction station between VT and Kalyan, Maharashtra
Estimated Speed - 100 kmph
Notes - Nowadays a rare sight.....to see this Shatabdi hauled by a WCM5!! Note the Dive-Vasai DMU train standing on the left of the picture.
Ahmedabad Shatabdi Train - Bombay-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Exp (2009 DN)
Locomotive - WCAM2, 21862, Valsad Shed, WR
Load Details - 16 coaches, Air Braked
Location - Virar station between Bombay and Surat, Maharashtra
Estimated Speed - 80 kmph
Notes - The Shatabdi was running late on this occasion, having left BCT late! Normal passing time for Virar is about 7:35 am or so! Note the mismatched Rajdhani power car on the rake....at both front and rear!!
Others.....
Rakot-Ahmedabad Inter City Train - Hapa/Rajkot-Ahmedabad Inter City Exp (UP)
Locomotive - WDM2, 17513, Vatwa Shed, WR
Load Details - 12 coaches, Air Braked
Location - Wayside station between Ahmedabad and Wankaner, Gujarat
Estimated Speed - 90-100 kmph
Notes - Train on the left is 9005 Dn Saurashtra Mail from Bombay. The section was a single line one and the Mail is on the loop line while the express is on the through! Note the MAUQ semaphore signals in the distance!

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