Narrow gauge lines disappearing for good

#1 Jun 12th, 2018, 18:45
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Here some disappointing news, not only for railways freaks: http://www.atimes.com/article/india-...e-train-lines/
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I prefer the term "train travel enthusiast" to "freak" but your view may vary...

Some narrow gauge hill lines will remain, as these lines can cope better with the sharp track curves in mountainous terrain.

While the "modernisation" of old fashioned and cute lines and rolling stock may not have much visual appeal, we need to keep in mind the needs of the local inhabitants. They require and deserve decent modern train services too.

I think that the Darjeeling Hill Railway is now mostly run for tourists, as the fares are more than local folk are happy to pay?

Converting local trains to "Heritage" lines can sound good, but not perhaps for the folk who need to use them on a daily basis?

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Originally Posted by voyager61 View Post Here some disappointing news, not only for railways freaks: http://www.atimes.com/article/india-...e-train-lines/
There is a dedicated thread for "freaks": https://www.indiamike.com/india/indi...0/#post2067803

This particular post is about the Gwalior-Sheopur Kalan line which is mentioned in the article linked above.

Though in the day of the Internet one would have expected the author to have done some research. I quote:

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India’s neighboring countries including Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka operate their rail networks mainly on narrow gauge and meter gauge routes.
Burma still has a metre-gauge network but Bangladesh has both kinds of track and Ceylon has an exclusively broad-gauge network. In fact in 1947 East Pakistan inherited two disconnected railway systems, one broad-gauge and the other metre-gauge (the old East Bengal Railway and Assam-Bengal Railway respectively).

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