Some of my Rail photos

11 Jan

Some vintage rail cars and locos in Zurich during my trip in Sept 2018

The below vintage train photo was taken at Schwyz HB.


BBC Indian Railway Journey

19 Oct

It never ceases to thrill me to see Indin Railway documentries, especially good ones. BBC does produce some excellent documentries. Though it has some of the Raj tinge, it only adds to the nostalgia. Nothing about the old Indian Railway compoanies but still some interesting facets one can get a glimpse of the cities that is being captured.

BBC Great Indian Railway Journey: Amritsar to Shimla

BBC Great Indian Railway Journey: Jodhpur to Delhi

BBC Great Indian Railway Journey: Mysiore to Chennai

BBC Great Indian Railway Journey: Lucknow to Kolkatta


Old tickets, photos from my collection

6 Apr

12-06-1946 GIPR (Great Indian Peninsular Railway) (Present day Central Railways) soldier’s ticket from Delhi to Kathgodam. The ticket shows it had been issued to a RAF personnel.

To know more about GIPR

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Reverse of another Army Ticket.jpg

South Indian Railway Soldier’s Railway Ticket – Now Southern Railway (from 1st April 1951). Carnatic Railway company (1869-1874) and Great South Indian Railway company (1853 to 1874) merged in 1874 to form the South Indian Railway (1874 to 1951). I remember as a kid seeing the insignia and logos of SIR at Egmore Station. Predominantly used to cover the meter guage section of Southern Railways. The broad guage section was part of Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway company.


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Part of the suburban network of the South Indian Railway. As a kid i remember seeing cute electrified local trains running on this network. Remember seeing these cute locos from the Madras central station enroute to Tiruppur on our annual vacation  journey to grand parents house.  I used to drag dad to take me to Egmore station to see the MG trains. In those days (late 70’s and early 80’s) Egmore was not as busy as Central but it was more quaint and had a lot of steam locos. My favorite was to watch the electric trains on the far end of the station and watch some express trains arriving at the station before we had to rush back to catch the west coast express.

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Somer more tickets , Bengal Nagpur Railways (BNR) and East Bengal State Railways (EBSR) tickets.

BNR formed in 1887- succeeded by Eastern Railway and now South Eastern Railway.

EBSR or Eastern Bengal state Railway formed in 1857, succeeded by Bengal and Assam Railway (formed by the merger of EBR and Assam Bengal Railway in 1942). In 1947, it was split into Assam Railway (covering the Indian portions of ABR) which again became the North Eastern Railway. The Pakistani side was renamed Eastern Bengal Railway, which then became Pakistan Eastern Railways and then Bangladesh Railway.

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The Madras Railway Company – formed in 1845. The company which built the first railway line in South India. Royapuram in Madras to Arcot which opened in 1856. It merged with Southern Mahratta Railways in 1908 to form the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railways which is succeeded by the present day Southern Railways.

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Chicago to Los Angeles with a stop over at Flagstaff

30 Nov

For the first time we were visiting my sister. She has been living in US for over 20 years (Between US and Canada) and we were visiting her for the first time. Our itinerary was neatly planned by me almost 6 months in advance and it was as follows

US Trip itinerary

  • 15/06/2016 : 1500hrs to 2045hrs DXB to New York, EK207, Booking reference LEIE82 AED 8,625

Emirates Flight A380 Dubai to New York 

I wanted to take the train from New York to Boston but we were discouraged as getting out of the airport late in the night was not considered safe. Coming from Dubai, where you feel safe 24X7, it took some time to understand that night time might not be safe for travel. Were forced to take the flight by my sister.

  • 16/06/2016 : 0700hrs to 0810hrs New York to Boston, Jet Blue flight 318 departure 0700hrs, AED 1,246.92
    • 17/06/2016 : Boston
    • 18/06/2016 : Boston
  • 19/06/2016 : 0800hrs to 0942hrs Boston to Chicago, Jet Blue B6 111, AED 2,184.05

Once again wanted to take the train from Boston to Chicago but lack of proper connections ensured we had to abandon this plan.

  • 19/06/2016 : 1500hrs Departure Chicago by 3 South West Chief, AED 11,633.64


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  • 20/06/2016 : Arrival at Williams at 2133hrs, stay at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, AED 6,314.72
  • 21/06/2016 : 0930hrs to 1230hrs, Grand Canyon Railway

Our Sleeper accommodation for the trip from Chicago to Williams

Grand Canyon Railway

  • 21/06/2016 : 0930hrs to 1230hrs, Grand Canyon Railway
  • 20/06/2016 : Arrival at Williams at 2133hrs, stay at Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, AED 6,314.72
  • 21/06/2016 : Stay at Maswik Lodge at Grand Canyon South Rim
  • 22/06/2016 : 1530hrs to 1830hrs Grand Canyon Railway return to Williams
  • 22/06/2016 : 2133hrs departure from Williams by 3 South West Chief, Ticket Number 1210689531899,Reservation Number-8F42B1, AED 2,378.4
  • 23/06/2016 : Arrival at Los Angeles at 0815hrs : Los Angeles, Check into Hilton Universal, Confirmation #3246544397

Hilton Universal Studios

  • 24/06/2016 : Los Angeles
  • 25/06/2016 : Depart Los Angeles at 2240hrs by American Airlines 696 LAX to CLT, AA Record Locator OBJDJR,  AED 6,477.057
  • 26/06/2016 : Arrive Charlotte at 0635hrs
  • 27/06/2016 : With Narmadha and Family to Chimney Rock / Biltmore Estates Asheville / Tiger world
  • 28/06/2016 : Drive to Smokey Mountain and cabin stay
  • 29/06/2016 : Drive back to Charlotte
  • 30/06/2016 : Depart at 1300hrs to Washington DC, Night in Washington DC
  • 01/07/2016 : Washington DC
  • 02/07/2016 : Washington DC
  • 03/07/2016 : Washington DC
  • 04/07/2016 : New York
  • 05/07/2016 : New York
  • 06/07/2016 : 2300hrs to 1945hrs New York to Dubai

BBC Documentary on Samjauhta Express

28 Apr

I only wish that both India and Pakistan could make this a pleasant journey. I dont think it is possible in my lifetime atleast. Given the current right wing government in India and absolute lack of sensitivity from Pakistan towards India’s core interests, I only see a bleak future in India-Pak ties.

Train Journeys in 2016

11 Sep

It was a great year for me this year.

My travels in 2016 were : Switzerland, Germany, US, France

My first trip in 2016 were travels in Switzerland – traveled in and around Zurich and mostly German part of Switzerland. Zurich – Thun, Zurich – Basel, Zurich – Munich, Munich – Dachau.

The second trip was in USA – Chicago to Williams by South West Chief. Williams to Grand Canyon and back to Williams by The Grand Canyon Express, Williams to Los Angeles by South West Chief.

Third Trip was back in Switzerland – Zurich – Thun, Zurich – Paris, Zurich – Wollerau.

I think I still have some more travel to do this year. Maybe will round it off by railfanning in India in November.

Travelled by train in US – The South West Chief – Chicago to Grand Canyon, then Grand Canyon Express and then continued by South West Chief to Los Angeles

(photos from my journeys to be uploaded soon)

My Indian Railways shunter work in progress

10 Apr

Stefan Bürki of Hermann Models is helping me convert a DB shunter to an Indian WDS4 shunter. 

Some pictures of the shunter – half way through the conversion 

 IR numbering and shed logo to be painted on the shunter to give it an authentic IR look.