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Thursday, March 19, 2009

train mania

i love travelling by trains. the good man, ludwig, is another avid train traveller.
but i found a whole bunch of people who (love travelling by trains)^n.

sample this trivia from them:

Q. When did the first train run in India?

The customary answer to this question is 3:35pm on April 16th, 1853, when a train with 14 railway carriages and 400 guests left Bombay's Bori Bunder for Thane, with a 21-gun salute. It was hauled by three locomotives: Sindh, Sultan, and Sahib. The journey took an hour and fifteen minutes.

That, however, was just the first commercial passenger service in India. In fact, a steam loco, Thomason, had been used for hauling construction material in Roorkee for the Solani viaduct in 1851 (it began working there on 22nd December 1851, to be exact). The Solani viaduct construction was a part of the Ganges Canal project, started in 1845.
welcome to the site of the month. the indian railways fan club.
the trivia page is (fascinating)^n. sample this.
Currently, the trains with the most locomotive changes are the 6381/6382 Mumbai CST-Kanniyakumari Express (CST-Pune is hauled by an electric loco, Pune-Renigunta by a diesel, Renigunta-Ernakulam by an electric again and Ernakulam-Kanniyakumari by a diesel) ...
and so much more on the main navigation page.

am travelling on Indian Railways over this weekend and the over 3 hours on this site has left an indelible impact.


Vanessa said...

hmmm..No farm-work this weekend? :)

csm said...

farm work happens whenever time permits.