Videos here where shot in and around Arsikere. While a couple of Token exchange videos where
shot while on a trip on the Shimoga Town-Mysore Special Express.
2725 SBC-UBL Intercity hauled by ED WDM2 17676 seen here charging up the gradient
about a Km south of Arsikere(ASK) station. Note the wrong gradient marker with the arrow
pointing up when in fact, it is a down gradient. Also note the brownish deposit all along
the ballast which is the result of heavy braking as the trains slowdown while approaching ASK.
My cousin assured me that the Intercity will stop at ASK for a minimum of 15Mins because of crew
change that happens at ASK for all trains, and we could scoot across the town to catch the
Intercity departing ASK. I was skeptical because the schedule is 5 min halt at ASK per TT.
But true to his words, the Intercity was just about departing and it departed in grand style at
that, with ALCo smoke shooting straight up and the smoke clearing up as the engine revved up. Also
note that the customary honking for the level crossing was not performed by the assistant because
he was probably busying himself settling down for the long run to UBL.
Scene of a Neale's ball token exchange at Habanghatta on the
Arsikere-Hassan line. The train is the Shimoga Town-Mysore Express. The assistant driver
relinquishes the token from the previous block section, and snags the wooden hoop carring
the new token for the next section from the person on the ground while the train is on the
The token that was acquired at Habbangatta in the previous video is
relinquished here at Bageshpura by the assistant driver and another token is picked up for
the next block section which is till Hassan.