The Push-pull trains of Mumbai

The Push-pull trains with a WDM2 in the middle of a 6 or 10-coach rake are unique trains. The unmanned WDM2 is controlled from large cabs in the end coach via the multiple unit cable.

I believed that the WDM2 is in the middle of the rake so as to allow single driver in the cab, but all the push-pull trains (the IR refers to them as 'DMU') have two drivers and a single guard. However the Hubli - Dharwad DMU and Bangalore - Mysore DMU have their locos at one end.

Some of the pictures below are by Shrinivas Joshi & Sarosh Mehta who along with Viraf Mulla went for a ride on the Vasai Road - Diva Jn. DMU last year. The rest are by me shot on the 1st of May 2001.

Some of the Godrej Gang

Meet some of the Godrej Gang - more railfans there than any other part of Mumbai:

Image2.jpg (122799 bytes) Viraf with the DMU at Kaman Road on the Dombivali - Vasai route.
Image3.jpg (113666 bytes) Sarosh also poses.
Image4.jpg (88866 bytes) Shrivivas in the large cab, the parking brake wheel visible in the background.

View in and around the DMU

pug.jpg (70956 bytes) The profiled face of the Diva Jn. DMU.
cab1.jpg (121138 bytes) The driver holds the DMU in the 6th notch. The reverser is below the throttle. The brake lever is below his right hand. The switch bank on the left has the following functions: control on, H/L (headlight), MUSD stop (stops the loco via the multiple unit control) and G/F which is the generator field switch. The black item after the switches is a hooter which sounds in case of any fault. The red 'GB' lamp is the Generator Breaker closed indicator. Next is the axle tacho-generator driven electric speedometer. After that is the 'loadmeter' which reads the motor current in terms of percentage load. There are time markings in the red zone which must not be exceeded.The next four gauges are related to the air and brake system, from left to right - brake cylinder pressure (BC), master reservoir pressure, feed pipe pressure (FP) and the brake pipe flowmeter with adjustable redline. You can see the wiper mechanism, the thumbscrew near the flexible pipe adjusts the rate of wipe. Also note the flags and the umbrella - this is the rainy season!
shandvir.jpg (113734 bytes) Shrinivas and Viraf watch the sunrise while we take opportunity to study the chart listing the position of the MU valves.
bridge.jpg (86041 bytes) Approaching one of the many bridges on the route.
water.jpg (66036 bytes) The backwaters of the Ulhas river meandering through the landscape.
lookback.jpg (95138 bytes) A look back at the pushing WDM2 amongst the lush monsoon-inspired grass.
contain.jpg (106079 bytes) A JNPT-bound container train crosses the DMU at Kaman Road with a dual-voltage WCAM1 in charge. The Vasai - Diva section has large facility which seems to aimed at the increasing JNPT traffic in the future.

My pictures of the DMU at Vasai Road station on the 1st of May 2001

bsr.jpg (92239 bytes) The DMU at Vasai Road waiting to depart towards Diva Jn.
bsr1.jpg (49689 bytes) Matunga carshed at work? The profiling and the paint scheme seems to be local decision. Note the swiveling bucket seats in the huge cab.
mu.jpg (93603 bytes) View of the multiple unit connection between the short hood of the Kalyan loco (# 18354) and the coach next to it. The MU cable would travel over the roofs of three coaches to be led into the driving cab at the end. The other cable appears to be the 110 V lighting connections, although the normal inter-coach power connection terminals are located below the cover with the yellow paint in the right bottom corner. I am aware about the wrong date stamp of the pics.
mu1.jpg (43983 bytes) The long hood connection is also similar.
mu2.jpg (41028 bytes) Is this a livery-matched locomotive? The Kalyan shed WDM2 # 18354.
9006.jpg (80285 bytes) The 9006 Up Okha - MCT Saurashtra Mail speeds through the main line while the DMU waits on the BSR diversion track.
bsr2.jpg (96342 bytes) The DMU departs towards Diva Jn. after just an eight minute halt.

Dahanu Road - Virar DMU

dahanu.jpg (61643 bytes) The 502 Up DMU arrives at the dead zone a few kms north of Virar from Dahanu. The DMU is necessary as Virar and Dahanu are charged to different catenary voltages.
dahanu1.jpg (84430 bytes) The desperately overloaded train has people hanging everywhere. The Vatwa shed loco is in the middle of 5 coaches on either side.
dahanu2.jpg (99075 bytes) Shrinivas steps from the swamp at the dead zone.
tovirar.jpg (99424 bytes) Approaching Virar, the WDM2 lets the world know its presence. Note the sign 'DEAD ZONE ENDS'.
return.jpg (108022 bytes) Later the same rakes returns as the 503 Down DMU towards Dahanu.

Dedication - Vasu


Dedicated to the memory of my dear friend and fellow IRFCA member, Dr. Vasudev Kamat - who did more railfanning in his short years than many people can manage in their lifetimes.


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