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Traveling by train in Switzerland

26 Mar

It is such a pleasure traveling by trains in Switzerland. The variety of rolling stocks, locos and the comfort of traveling makes it interesting and fun to take the trains and explore Switzerland.

Today I am going to Mount Titlis from Zurich. Took the IC to Lezern and the IR to Engleberg.

I am writing this sitting in the IR to Engleberg.

 Am on a similar train to Engleberg.

Some different rolling stock and locos which I came across today



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Visit to Modell Eisenbhan Klub Wil

15 May

An amazing trip to Wil to see the O scale layout of the Eisenbhan Klub at Wil, Switzerland.

Took down amazing photos and videos. For all to see and enjoy.

Should not miss this documentary on Indian Railways by National Geographic

27 Mar

Steam Shed

27 Mar

Steam Shed scene.. Another awesome photo

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Steam Shed

This was my first solo trip to India and I toured Gujarat and Rajasthan and then headed south into Karnataka. It was a wonderful experience. Not just the culture, but being free to decide whether to stay or move on without the need to negotiate with someone else. That was truly liberating.

I visited this area to catch the metre gauge steam before its demise and was made very welcome by the friendly shed staff. On this visit I was using a Nikon EM with colour print film. If I remember correctly I sent 18 x 36 exposure films for processing. This picture results from scanning the negative and then processing it with my current image handling methods which seems to have transformed the detail and clarity of the photo. The thought of scanning the remaining 600+ negatives gives me a headache, but the results from this image seem to…

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Steam Train at Morbi

27 Mar

Loved this scene.. The loco and the station

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Steam Train at Morbi

The casual relationship that the local populace has with the railway is what makes this scene for me. In tomorrow’s post you will maybe notice that the three boys in the centre of this view also appear there, thus demonstrating the attraction of railways to that age group, as it did for me when I was in my teens.

Morbi was, in 1997 when this view was taken. a part of the widespread metre gauge network on Indian Railways. There has been a considerable effort to convert much of the metre gauge to standard  gauge, so it’s likely that Morbi is now connected to the standard gauge network.

The fine station building is a mixture of Indian and European styles. At the time of my visit here, the Station Master informed me that I could only get permission to take photographs by applying to Mumbai. The result of that impossibility…

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copy neg 5a

27 Mar

Another classic steam loco photo

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copy neg 5a

If it looks old, then that’s sufficient justification for printing it. Old is good, old is heritage, therefore the less than perfect quality here might be excused, because the past should be preserved, and re-presented ad-nauseam……..which means, until it makes you sick.

So if I make the image look old, I am perfectly justified in making you sick.

I would advise you to move your keyboard to one side, before being sick.

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Essential Repairs

27 Mar

Amazing Steam locomotive photos

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Essential Repairs

With just a few routes on Indian Railways where steam still held sway in 1997, the locomotives were on their last legs, and it was undoubtedly a challenge to keep them at work, as they were in a very run down condition.

The engines were sent north for repair at Ajmer, but it’s likely that they were withdrawn from service when any major problems occurred, so small depots like this at Chittorgarh would have to do the best they could to keep their locomotives going.

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