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From a Train Window……

#1 Mar 3rd, 2008, 15:57
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Here's an interesting article....

Posted on March 1st, 2008 by shantanu.dutta on Mutiny.in

The first time I boarded a train was in 1965 to travel from Delhi to Howrah. The train in question was the Toofan Mail as it was then called and unlike today, where the train still remains a shadow of its former self, in those days it was still in spurts able to run like the Toofan it was named after. It was actually quite a prestigious train those days and the only one exceeding it in status was the Air-Conditioned Express, popularly called the Vestibule Express. It was the first or at least one of the earliest trains in which the vestibule facility was available. The train was still pulled like most others by steam engines and I remember the coal getting into my eyes as I poked my head out of the window to look at the passing country side.

Once I reached Howrah, for a day or so it still felt that I was in the train for at least a day with the train’s rocking motion still drifting in as soon as you closed your eyes. Even with the eyes open, the doors and windows appeared to be moving away like the trees and the electric poles from a moving train.



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Now that's what I call a train!

Although the massive diesels/electrics of today are impressive, they just don't have the same character.

And those fragments in the eye, smut in the smoke, I think, rather than coal, but a frequent experience of being on a steam-drawn train.

Or even near one. Without it, that wonderful film Brief Encounter could never have been made.

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Your article took me back to the 50's, Steven when we had coal fed fires for making the steam in trains. We tried to keep the windows closed, but fresh air is the order of the day, so in came the smoke and the smuts when the wind was blowing the 'wrong way'! As kids we loved it - and when the train stopped my brother had to climb into the engine compartment and get his photo taken with the Box Brownie!
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But this picture is of Taj Express ....
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Originally Posted by shashank.aggarwal View Post But this picture is of Taj Express ....
Is it? (I've no idea)

I just coppied the first photo from the article.

I've got a video somewhere of a similar engine, it's pulling a train at a speed that had me wondering if it was in India.

'Relics of the Raj' or something similar.
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the board infront of the engine reads taj express in hindi
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So it does, Nayan - but it's a good photo just the same and I wonder would the Toofan Mail be the same model of locomotive?
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great article steven... thank you
really can smell that smoke and feel the smut and dirt in my ears and nostrils!
thanks for bringing back precious memories.



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Ah, and if a cinder came down your back it was the dance of the Pagul Videshi, old traditional style of India. Nostalgia..

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