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Raj Steam - South and Central Indian Narrow Gauge - On Line

Click here for the Raj Steam On Line index page which includes general information about the project,

Launched 12th December 2014

Updated with Rob Kingsford-Smith's pictures of banking on the
Ramling Ghat section of the Barsi Light Railway (15th October 2016)

CR and SCR pictures from Jan Willem van Dorp, 6th June 2017

More contributors always very welcome!!!

Having kicked off with Nepal in November 2014, I have now completed a beta version covering the public narrow gauge railways of Central and Southern India (ie excluding purely industrial operations). I have used the historical railway zone names that existed at the time the vast majority of the pictures were taken.

There are some beautiful images available (nearly 250 in all) and the text is adequate at best. I know that there will be other photographers who can add to the record. I will compile an 'Images of Rail CD' (actually several) in due course but it will be a stepwise process.

Eventually, the images will be available as a (cheap) download, these will be higher quality JPG images and without the water marks present in this version. I will also add maps.

Special thanks go to the late Peter Michie (PM) and Brian/Marion Manktelow (BM/MM), who allowed me to go through their entire collections taken on many extended visits. Without their co-operation it would have been impossible to make this compilation. The late Chris Walker (CW) was again an absolute mine of information on obscure railways and locomotives.

Other contributors to the Raj Steam series are gratefully acknowledged: Bill Alborough (BA), the late George Bamberry (GB), John Benson (JB), the late Bruce Chennel (BC), Stewart Blencowe (SB), Mark Carter (MC) the late Derek Cross (DC), Jan Willem van Dorp (JD), the late David Eatwell (DE), Gordon Edgar (GE), Rod Farr (RF), Alexander Gillieron (AG), Chris Grimes (CG), the late Peter Hodge (PH), Rob Kingsford-Smith (RK), Wilson Lythgoe (WL), Laurie Marshall (LM), Peter Newsome (PN), Richard Pelham (RP), the late Basil Roberts (BR), Bernd Seiler (BS), the late John Tillman (JT).

If you can contribute, please email me at the address below, those whose pictures are used will be invited to download the existing Images of Rail products and will obviously be entitled to the parts of this project as they are prepared.

Raj Steam - South and Central Indian Narrow Gauge - On Line

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Rob Dickinson