New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling - The toy train on the Darjeeling Himalayan section is not merely a source of delight for the young and old, it also represents the engineering skills of the highest order.It uses neither rack mechanism nor cable as other mountain railways do, but moves only on adhesion.Although the steepness of the gradients on this narrow-gauge line is eclipsed in other parts of the world, and the 7,407 ft. altitude of the summit at Ghoom station is less than half the height of some of the summits in the Andes, the achievement of the engineers who built the line more than half a century ago is a noteworthy one in the history of railways.
A ride on the DHR is not for the hurried and hassled traveller who is impatient to reach his destination. It’s for those who believe the journey is the destination. Much like a toy train strung together from match-boxes, the DHR balances on two-feet tracks moving at a maximum speed of 15-km an hour.At times the narrow gauge railway track and the road seem to move in tandem, a picture of perfect harmony. Many times – in fact 150 times in the entire stretch – they cross each other. Every now and then they play hide and seek like two feuding lovers. But they are never too faraway from each other at any point.
The DHR is a celebration, no less.
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avishek_khan (544) 2007-05-04 6:46
The subject is very interesting. You captured it at one of those 150 meeting places of those 2 lovers. :) And the lovely naughty train looks really beautiful with that green mountain as background.
The note is also real good one.
prumod (8300) 2007-05-04 7:03
it's good frame with informative note...
i travelled in ootty - mettupalayam train where they use the rack mechanism...
first i thought its train passing trough the road!
sabyasachi_d (415) 2007-05-04 7:33
good note!! india chhara baki biswa hinshe korbe amon railwayser chhobi dekhle!!
amaro ichhe achhe, ei tripta newar. ami ashole sevoke theke daan dikei beshi jai, badikta khub beshi jawa hoyna. gotokaali teestay rafting korte korte mone hocchilo ebar akbar darjeeling jawa uchit.
anyways, good shot again. and the loco looks good too. but i was expecting a puffing loco!!
ktanska (25092) 2007-05-04 8:23
Indeed a pleasure to see this little train curving across the road. I can see the steep terrain, and lightweight equipment that is operated there. Thanks for sharing.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2007-05-04 11:20
First you note is very interesting about this incredible train. Second the view of ths toy is nice and funny. Well realized with good definition and colours.
anjan (1086) 2007-05-04 11:23
Nice picture Dhurjati, just as I remembered but is that a diesel engine, I rembrd a steam engine.
nirajsinha (857) 2007-05-04 14:29
I remember the famous song " Kasto maja chhe rail gadi ma, O kali , O rali, deorali ma". You picture is so lively and note is excellent. Whenever I see a picture of Himalaya region, I become highly emotional. I believe Himalaya was my home in previous birth.
many many thanks for sharing such a nice picture.
bapun1 (803) 2007-05-04 16:37
BOLLYWOOD ENCASHED ROMANCE ON IT. BUT HERE'S THE ORIGINAL.I WILL GIVE A LITTLE CREDIT TO ONE MR KHANNA WHO IMMORTALISED IT ON SILVER SCREEN.ONLY AFTER SEEING THIS.
R U N O V E R M A N !
Partha_c (2029) 2007-05-05 4:05
Hi Dhurjati. This shot gave a jolt to my memory sac. I am getting horny to recall my ride by such train to Darjeeling during my early college days. Got thrilled when it stopped at Tindharia and we, a few revellers jumped out in ecstasy and again jumped back in. I liked the way you captured a part view of this train crossing the road and crawling on the rail track. Regards.
indoka28 (5261) 2007-05-07 6:53
I must have been really a nerd to miss this shot of yours....just amazing..specially the loco crossing a motorable road is giving it a great look...Daarun chobi..!!!
Pichoner bogie te chile naki..!!! great timing and composition..!!
gunbud (34066) 2007-06-07 21:55
Wonderful photo of this unique train chugging along up the steep grade. Excellent colors and details and I love how the train is framed by stone walls and the green countryside.
RADEEH (2802) 2007-06-10 21:50
Your shot and note tempts me to be there in this train to join the hide and seek game. I can feel the joy in traveling such trains.Great informative shot. TFS
emka (81608) 2007-11-22 16:41
So this is Darjeeling toy train. it is similar to the Nilgiri train.
colibriav (2154) 2007-12-09 11:41
¿Es un tren que va sobre los railes o como un vehiculo sobre el asfalto?
Bonita toma en la que se deben de vivir buenas aventuras.
Un saludo desde España:
- Copyright: Dhurjati Chatterjee (dhurjati) (2709)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation
- Exposure: f/4.2, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-04 5:46