UK TV programme: Steam Trains in India

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Today watched quite a good programme about the surviving steam trains in India presented by Mark Tully.

If anyone is in the UK and interested it is repeated tomorrow at 07:00 hours on Travel Channel 2 (channel 182) and is called "Steam's Indian Summer".

It features the last remaining regular steam-hauled trains in India at Wankaner and on the Ratlam to Mhow line but sadly was filmed in 1999 and the steamers have since been withdrawn.

I taped the programme if anyone wants it after I have sent it to steven_ber.

May I also recommend the amazingly informative railway site IRFCA.
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Steam locos - do they still run?

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I happened to watch this program today morning on discovery channel (9 m to 10 am in india ) . Mark Tulley chases steam locomotives in various parts of the country. some sectors where they were supposedly operational ( at the time of shooting ) are Ratlam - Mhow, Wankaner etc. ( learned from the program ).

Just wondering - how many of them are operational in india now? have any IMer come across any in any remote corner of the country?

i know that some operate on exotic or touristy routes, but what about the relatively unknown, matter-of-fact trains that still run on steam locos? are there any at all?

have any IMers come across this endangered species lately? post pictures too, if you have them!
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There are only a few of the hill railways that are still steam hauled.

I went to Upper Assam in March and found this. (another photo. )

A friend tells me there are still quite a few working steam engines in India, though they are not used for passenger trains, the friend organizes trips to see these engines (the engines are normally in the hands of private companies), the trips are popular with steam enthusiasts.

I can give you his e-mail address if you're interested.
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Is that the same class of engine that used to haul the Darjeeling toy train??
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No, at least I don't think so. (I know nothing about steam engines/class)


When I was in Tipong I met a group of 5 train enthusiasts, they had just been to see the DHR, I'm sure I heard them saying that this engine worked differently to the DHR ones.
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Rab and everyone else,

Hello. I'm a newcomer to IndiaMike and i'm planning a trip to India next Feb. My entire family were railway colonists back in the days of the Raj of course and I'd be very interested to see this programme as i'm planning a few journeys of my own and if I can get on a steam loco somewhere, I will.

Would you be so kind as to arrange with me how to get a copy from you and reimburse you for your troubles?

Thanks,

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great photo steven, and that is the smallest steam locomotive i've seen!
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Odd that I feel that nostalgia despite their being dirty and that I once had a cinder go down the back of my shirt..
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my ancestral home was near a railway track in kerala, and i remember watching these metal monsters chugging past when i was a kid. Never occured at that time that their reign would end soon. the drivers were the ultimate macho guys, with a piece of cloth tied around their head. getting an occasional wave from them was a big thing.

edwardseco, you are right about the grime part - a trip in one of those will have you smelling like a steam loco. not to mention the dark specks on your shirt.

there were those with flat front, and the spherical ones too. i never understood or learnt their differences, but i guess the ones with the spherical front usually pulled the faster/express trains.

larger stations had the turntables on which they turned the engines for the return trips.

---- the smell that lingered in the air when steam locos pass by is quite nostalgic.

the last one i saw was at palghat , around 15 years back or so. steam locos used to run in the palghat - pollachi route. i guess they are replaced by diesel locos now.

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