Indian Railway Assets: A Complete Experience

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Kalka Shimla ZDM Locomotive

Indian Railway Locomotive





  1. I loved this post Sharukh! Bridges, tunnels, trains, locos, stations and construction. You have it all. I wish I could write something similar from our point of view, but we simply aren’t investing in trains the way we should in this country. I’m glad to see that you guys are building for the future or rail travel. Excellent post!

    1. Thank you, Dan, for your comments. This series wouldn’t have been possible without your support. I was really running out of ideas after completing my third post, so I thought I should not just cover the present, but the future as well, so I moved on to the asset part. To be honest, Indian population grows rapidly and our speed of construction is ten times slower than the speed of reproduction. So, we are already running out of time and options, look at the way trains are crowded and the way we travel. It is high time that Indians come up with better bridges, faster trains, better rail services and routes to up the ante. Thankfully, we have a better Railway Minister this time who is trying to eliminate corruption within the railway network, speeding up the current projects and integrating with various construction companies locally and internationally to deliver the promise he made during elections.

      1. Oh Kate. One of the reasons I want to go cross-country by train is do I can ride through the Cascades Tunnel on the way into Seattle. I think it’s the longest tunnel in the US.

      2. In India, often I see these young boys and girls who stand on the door and as the train enters the tunnel they scream their lungs out, similar to what you hear when the roller-coaster comes down. This does not occur often, but I have heard it enough times already. People are so excited when they see their train enter a tunnel. Now, when the monsoon sets in the way to my sister’s will be full of waterfalls and some of the waterfalls are right above the tunnel entrance or exit and for a second you get a splash right on the face, or on your arms through the window.

  2. As always, your piece is both informational (without being boring) and interesting. The photos are all in the right places and are so beautiful. I am just amazed by the massive railway system you have in India. There is something tinelessly romantic, melancholy and technologically thrilling about trains. I loved all your posts.

    1. Thank you, Cheryl, for your comments. I always concentrate on how to make the content less boring. I know history and geography and all that extra information might make the reader feel bored, but I read my articles before I hit the publish button. Since you talked about romance and thrills, let me share this with you. Since I am a cinema-lover I was going to write on movies that were shot on a train, or songs that were picturized on a train, but later I changed my mind and wrote on the Indian Railway assets. Thank you for all your love, support and time.

      1. Always a pleasure, Sharukh. I would love to see that other post if ever you find time to write it. I am, after all, a movie fanatic and lover of music video.

  3. Sharukh, great post. I can’t add much to what Dan, Katie and Cheryl have said about your last story on Indian railways. I am amazed by the Howrah and Gorakhpur stations – the size and length of them! It’s apparent that India travel is based largely in train travel and I applaud the further efforts to extend that into Jammu and Kashmir. I would love to travel over that bridge when it’s done, but not sure if I want to look down!

    Thanks for all of your posts about the Indian railways. It’s been very enlightening and educational reading this month.

    1. Thank you, Mary, for your comment. Actually, railways and airways are competing each other aggressively which actually benefits the common people. The ticket rates are insanely low compared to US standards. A 2000 mile journey in a first class AC coach with best service cost around 5000 bucks, that’s less than USD 100. Kashmir is a major issue during the winter season and we needed that connectivity long time ago. Glad that you enjoyed the series.

  4. Wow! That’s a really informative post about our very own Indian Railways. Loved reading it.
    Btw- Gorakhpur is where I was born and that station during by childhood used to be very frequently visited. Never knew it is the longest 🙂

  5. What an amazing post Sharukh on locomotives in India. You just reminded us of our rich history and breath-taking train ushering us into a journey of life:)

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