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These are two scanned photos taken from the same train, the same locomotive and at the same moment, so I thought that they would be OK together as they complement each other.

Again, I'd like to know how to present those photos in a better way (here, I realise that the wheels should be more shiny, for instance) : ??? how can I change this with photoshop elements 5,0 ? I don't know yet all the possibilities of this software. Many thanks in advance for your advice !

The famous narrow-gauge Mountain Railway climbs from () the plains, to Ooty (Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam) at an altitude of 1858m a journey of 46km through forest, tea plantations, 16 tunnels and more than 250 bridges ; its a slow journey of three-and-a-half to four hours sometimes the train moves little faster than walking pace, but the views are absolutely magnificent (India Rough Guide).

Some personal impressions of Ooty : here my remembrances are very hazy, because I did not stay so long in that town - it was uncomfortable, rainy and surprisingly cold ; very desolate with no one around except in the centre of town, and in the middle of a thick fog that did not move at all, (not like those splendid floating fogs that keep on changing all the time, so inspiring).

There were frequent power cuts, the old colonial house where I stayed was freezing and very damp, even the guys working in the guesthouse seemed demoralised. The British architecture of the small bungalows at that time did not impress me as much as in Himalayan towns like Shimla for instance (or Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka, etc), probably has it changed for the better and I should return there.

... But the Toda people that I met in the market were splendid and full of dignity, and anyway the market was so interesting that it compensated the lack of joy that I felt in the nature, due to very poor weather conditions...

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