Passage to India – Toy Train II

There are books on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway that you should be reading and a BBC documentary that you should be watching. But here you are on my blog. Silly you!

Part II contains numerous things that didn’t fit into Part I. Whereas Part I was an overview, this is more of a potpourri, and a lot of photographs.

Recap

The DHR runs only two services at the moment due to a major landslide that severed the line a couple of years ago and is still being repaired.The tourist traffic from Darjeeling to Ghum and return is handled by the remaining steam engines which haul two or three coaches depending upon demand. The school requirements are handled by one of the diesels with three coaches between Kurseong and Darjeeling.

That the line was built at all I find incredible. The curves are impossibly tight and the gradients always steep. The little steam engines with only two driving axles and all the weight on those axles manage to do the job with the help of a little sand now and then. But it certainly struggles at times.

DHR Water Stop-1772 A watering stop, halfway between Darjeeling and Ghum.

Sadly many of the steam locomotives are up on blocks and being scavenged for parts, such as here at the Kurseong locomotive shed.

DHR-00698 DHR-00701 DHR-00702DHR-00707  DHR-1924

The yard at Kurseong looks abandoned and in sad shape. I saw only two flat cars on the line, although there may be more freight equipment at Tindharia and further down the railway, but clearly with all the trucks hauling goods, the days of the DHR as a freight railway are over.

DHR-00706

And yes that is a person sleeping on the car.

Finally a couple more shots from Kurseong.

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The diesel is coupled to the head of the 7:00 train ready to reverse into the street and then head to Darjeeling.

Kurseong Train-00717 DHR-00718 Kurseong-2126

That’s all from the DHR. But plenty more India to come.

Cheers,

Grover

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One Response to Passage to India – Toy Train II

  1. Nick F says:

    788 was in working order at kusoeng shed on may 30 2015 when i visited, together with 779 Himalayan bird, which was in steam. So although i agree it’s a struggle, i only saw one loco cannibalised for spares, and that was at Siliguri.

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