Go trainspotting at Bangalore railway station

The Bangalore Division of the South Western Railway (SWR) has put a replica of the 4,500 horse power diesel loco — Wide Diesel Passenger (WDP4) Locomotive — on display at the City Railway Station.

Manufactured by the Diesel Locomotive Work, Varanasi, 44 such locos are being maintained by the Diesel Locomotive Shed, Krishnarajapuram, in Bangalore. Since the loco is a matter of prestige for the Indian Railways, the Bangalore Division thought it fit to keep its replica on display, said Divisional Railway Manager Sudhanshu Mani.

Mr. Mani said WDP4 is the most powerful diesel engine available in India, which can haul up to 24 coaches at a time. Train rakes with a minimum of 21 coaches are fitted with this loco and many trains leaving Bangalore are hauled by this engine, he noted. “Also, WDP4 is the most technologically advanced loco and hence we thought of displaying its replica at the City Station,” he added. A railway engineer familiar with WDP4 said that this loco can clock up to 160 km per hour and is fitted with state-of-the-art microprocessor-based controls. These technological advancements make the loco one of the safest engines to be deployed to haul passenger coaches, the engineer noted.

While a conventional loco consumes about 164 gm diesel to produce 1 bhp, WDP4 consumes 155 gm of diesel to produce the same power, he said. Across the country, there are about 400 WDP4 locos, the engineer added.

The replica is kept for display near the parking lot at the Okalipuram entrance of the City Railway Station.