Hill Railways of the Indian Subcontinent
|INSIDE:||298 colour photos|
This book describes seven branch lines which climbed into the mountain ranges that span the length and breadth of the countries of India and Pakistan. Some - like the Darjeeling Himalayan - are well known, but others - like the Zhob Valley, Khyber Pass and Kangra Valley lines - are less so. Unsurprisingly, as hill railways, most of them reached remarkable heights, many using ingenious feats of engineering to assist their climb into seemingly impenetrable terrain. These lines served diverse locations, each with its own characteristics, from the hostile territories of the North-West Frontier, along the spectacular foothills of the Himalayas, skirting the Western Ghats of the Deccan down to the gentle rolling landscape of the Nilgiris, or Blue Hills, of South India.
This book contains:
- The histories of seven hill railways including summaries of their operations and routes
- Maps and gradient charts for all seven lines
- Listings of the locomotives operating the hill railways
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" Books like this are rare and very welcome. A well balanced and evocative mix of modern and old photos (not just of locos but showing trains in the landscape), history, modern day journeys along each line (except the Zhob Valley), gradient profiles, maps, etc. I travelled with steam on all of the lines the book covers in the 1960s and 70s (a few of my photos are included) and while I would have preferred more of the "modern day" photos of some of the lines to have been steam rather than diesel they probably don't exist. But the trains in the landscape colour photos really bring home to me what I failed to photograph when I was there! Rolling stock is covered but not to an extent that becomes tedious, in fact I found the overall balance in the book to be just right, retaining interest throughout. If you have an interest in such railways then you will find this profusely illustrated book fascinating. Strongly recommended. As an aside it would be great to have a further book covering the hill lines in Assam, Baluchistan, Burma and Ceylon, also covering the other 2ft 6ins lines in West Pakistan which were fairly wild but not in the same league as the Zhob Valley, nor were they hill lines. As an aside also, I really recommend Richard Wallace's earlier book "The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway" published by the DHR Society, as an equally evocative look at the DHR. "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: Andrew Smith