Rod’s been in touch again. He’s been on his travels – I do love all the odd train stuff that comes in:
“A trip behind ‘Himalayan Bird’ to Ghoom and back on the ‘Toy train’ tourist shuttle.
The loco is a Sharp, Stewart B class 0-4-0ST dating from 1892
First, just out of Darjeeling, a roadside stop to take water and some local advice on getting the injector to run nicely.
Secondly, firing up at the stop for the Gurkha memorial in the spiral loop at Batasia. Much easier when you can stand more or less upright and see what you’re doing.
Third, ‘Bird’ waiting departure time at Ghoom, showing the line laid right through the village street and an old pillarbox.
The line is a World Heritage site and there’s quite a few museums and explanatory notices.
Finally, is it a bird? The personalised cylinder jacket.
Rod’s also posted some cracking stuff on the site:
And now more from Dangerous Dave.
He’s sent in another video – I thought by now I’d be getting tired of them – but no.
Every time I watch one I see something new and different on his layout.
Have a look and you’ll see what I mean:
Hope you enjoyed Dave’s vid and Rod’s pics as much as I did.
It’s wonderful to see all the interesting stuff in my inbox – I have no idea why but I’m utterly fascinated by all things rail.
Only last night I was watching a rail documentary and I found out about a chap called the wheel tapper: his job was to tap all of the train wheels to find the ones with cracks in.
Amazing stuff from a golden era.
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you’re wondering how Dangerous Dave got his name, the answer is here.
The Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to follow in Rod and Dave’s footsteps.