Saharanpur shed WP 7161 and Bilimora shed W 585

Bandra Marshalling Yard (BAMY) diesel shed, Mumbai (Feb 2000)

All pictures by Viraf Mulla.

These locos were brought to Mumbai late in 1999 to participate in various events. Unfortunately not much happened, except the WP was used during the shooting of a film. The WP is in one of the two locos refurbished in the Charbagh shed at Lucknow of the Northern Railways and will haul the Palace of Wheels train in some section. It was rumoured that the narrow gauge W class power was to be plinted at Mumbai Central station. However it was returned to Bilimora.

This are the pictures of the locos in the BAMY shed which normally homes WDS4 shunters and visiting WDM2s from shed such as Vatwa, Ratlam and Ernakulam.

Image1.jpg (168060 bytes) Image2.jpg (133614 bytes) Image3.jpg (149919 bytes) Views of the BAMY diesel shed holding the WP and W locos. The first pic is from the walkway from the Khar Road station.
Image4.jpg (128162 bytes) Image5.jpg (109642 bytes) Image6.jpg (125388 bytes) The loco has been fitted with a rear headlamp to work tender foremost in absence of a turntable.
Image7.jpg (110403 bytes) Image8.jpg (122345 bytes) Image9.jpg (94719 bytes) The railwaymen do not trust parking brakes. Stones are almost always placed under the wheels to prevent the loco from rolling accidentally.
Image10.jpg (132741 bytes) Image12.jpg (134601 bytes) Image11.jpg (128170 bytes) After the refurbish, the loco can haul air braked rakes (like the Palace on Wheels, as the nameplate states). Note the three air hoses for the brakes.The loco lacks an air compressor and draws on the one fitted to the diesel genset in the PoW rake's power car.
Image13.jpg (125092 bytes) Image15.jpg (129245 bytes) Image14.jpg (129646 bytes) Note the addition of the yellow flasher lamp over the nose fairing. All the IR locos are required to have these to warn the opposing traffic in case of any hazard.
Image16.jpg (126802 bytes) Image17.jpg (139395 bytes) Image18.jpg (148235 bytes) Names of the crew is painted near the cab. The additional air brake pipes are laid outside the loco frame. Anyone looking forward to hearing a WP hard at work would have to worry about the PoW rake's generator car which would be always coupled right after the loco to supply the air.
Image19.jpg (141174 bytes) Image20.jpg (134913 bytes) Image21.jpg (134816 bytes) The crew from Saharanpur shed is camping with the loco. Their clothes drape the interior of the cab. Also visible is the jump seat for the driver.
Image22.jpg (136756 bytes) Image23.jpg (135645 bytes) Image24.jpg (127846 bytes) The A9 valve and the gauges for the train brake has been placed on the tender wall. Please note the lighting battery which must be used to operate the flasher lamp even if the loco is dead. These modifications are essential if the loco is to operate on the busy mainlines of today.
Image25.jpg (134501 bytes) Image26.jpg (118738 bytes) Image27.jpg (120357 bytes) The classic wheels of the WP/1. Note the brass lubricator in the centre pic.
Image28.jpg (126475 bytes) Image29.jpg (141171 bytes) Image30.jpg (132194 bytes) W class on a flatcar inside the BAMY shed. Is there a plant growing in the corner of the tender seen in the first picture?
Image32.jpg (146773 bytes) Image31.jpg (130868 bytes) Image33.jpg (147643 bytes) This loco operated on the Bilimora - Waghai Narrow gauge (2'6") section in Gujarat.
Image34.jpg (149135 bytes) Image35.jpg (141954 bytes) Image36.jpg (145617 bytes) What is the function of the black cylinder below the headlamp generator? The loco is on rails but prevented from moving by the wooden logs across.


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