I am going to deny myself and not
stack these pages full of shots of Central Railway WPs, however the C.R. crews were giving
these engines their final burst of glory on express trains. The WPs in this zone were
generally in excellent external condition and most were in good mechanical condition,
their crews seemed inspired to put in some good performances and farewell their engines in
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||1. 31/12/82. WG
8447 runs into Khandwa Jn. on the overnight parcels turn from Bhusaval to Bhopal. I had
seen this train at Bhusaval the previous night waiting for my own train with its WP to run
ahead of it. The WG is in passenger link livery, note the metre gauge YG and stock in the
|2. 1/1/83. I had
spent the day viewing the remarkable temples at Saanchi, on the Bhopal - Bina line. I rode
out and back to Bhopal on the Sabarmati Expresses, the return working is seen arriving at
Saanchi behind WG 8487.
||3. 2/1/83 WP 7128 on 35
Bina Express is held at a loop not far out of Bhopal to let another express overtake. I
stood with the engine and the train crew who were most unimpressed by the delay.
Then we heard the sounds of urgent whistling, not the expected diesel horn! I raced up the
platform and tried to get into position as the sounds of an engine working hard and fast
were heard. The WP topped the grade and then hurtled through the station, the train was a
late running Madras - Delhi Janata express. I had left my camera set to 250th a second
shutter speed, sadly too slow for this fast mover; so be content with the peaceful
stillness of 7128.
|4. 3/1/83 Gwaliior. The
ex Scindia State Railway was still using steam locos on all its trains in 1983. The
unusual ND class Hudsons (4-6-4) were a large engine for the two foot gauge. No 747 (built
in 1928) was cumbersome, like a Jumbo, but did the job. It is seen leaving on the
afternoon pass to Sheopur Kalan, note the non-standard coaches.
||5. 3/1/83. The NM class
pacifics were much smaller than the ND class, but were superheated when built in 1931.
NM 760 is seen arriving on the morning pass from Bhind.
|6. 4/1/83 The
NH/2 class mikados (2-8-2) were built in 1922, used for both passenger and freight work,
they were my favourite type on this system. NH/2 750 is seen ready to leave the shed for
its next duty.
||7. 4/1/83 WP 7024
pulls into Dholphur on the Madras - Delhi Janata express. I crammed into the front
carriage and used my rucksack as a doorway seat. This was a fantastic ride to Agra with
the crew whipping their WP along at speeds of 50-55+ m.p.h. The sparks were flying from
the chimney and the whistle in constant use as we charged along, uncomfortable..yes; but
what a brilliant experience!
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