Posted by: travelrat | May 30, 2019

Indian Trains

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There was something missing from our India tour. What I really wanted to do was a train ride! I’ve had a thing about Indian trains since I was about ten years old, when I read an illustrated article by Walkden Fisher about the Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway. One of the tours offered by the company we used featured a ride on this quirky little railway, but it was fully booked, so we opted for the Golden Triangle instead.

In the intervening years, films like North West Frontier and Bhowani Junction fired my interest, as well as television documentaries about the ‘Ooty’, the Toy Train to Shimla and many others … some of which were quite good, some over-technical and some downright patronising, in which the trains play only an incidental part.

Many books have been written about the subject, and one of the best is Around India by 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh. This not only gives an excellent view of the rail system, but of India as a whole.

Although we didn’t ride any trains, I don’t feel I can leave India without a mention of them, so here’s some pictures of the small display at India’s Transport Museum.


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