Reminiscences of Meter Gauge Railways in Tamil Nadu

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  1. koolharry

    koolharry Rail and Road...

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    With Meter Gauge Railways fast disapperaing in Tamilnadu and I wanted to spend a day travelling through the two surviving MG routes near Madurai.

    Very soon the magic of MGs will go into dreams. :(

    Here are few photos of the rail journey between Madurai and Teni

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    Madurai Junction as seen from the flyover to the south of the station. From left to right. GOC WDP-3A Class loco #15517 Performing shutting duty with Madurai - H. Nizamuddin Thirukural Express. GOC YDM-4A #6277 rests in the pit line. TNP WDM-7 #11005 rests after shunting in the Chennai bound Vaigai Express on to PF5. WDM-2 #17767 ready for departure with Madurai - Rameswaram Passenger.




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    Madurai - Bodinayakkanur passenger heads out of Madurai while at the distance, a BG train heads out towards Tirunelveli.


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    The beautiful landscape between Usilampatti and Andipatti.



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    Towering hills borders the railway line between Usilampatti and Andipatti.



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    Token exchange at Andipatti. One can alight here to visit the Vaigai dam.


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    The passenger chugs off towards Bodinayakanur, leaving me behind at Teni
     
  2. pushpinder

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    splendid....
    have travelled from bikaner to dli by mtr gauge in 1986...fortunately it was winters.
    great ride that was.
    i wonder if its still mtr gauge?
     
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    koolharry Rail and Road...

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    After seeing off the train dissappearing into the jungles of Bodinayakanur, I took a bus to Dindugal and took the Palghat bound passenger.

    Few pictures from Journey between Dindugal - Palghat Jn


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    Signs of an era coming to end. The flat cars carrying away the Meter gauge coaches towards Madurai. These coaches will be refurbished and exported to Malaysia.


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    GOC YDM-4 #6309 sleeps as an Ashok leyland truck helps in filling the ballast in Konkan Style. Dindigul Junction.


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    All clear and we were off from Dindigul.


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    The charm of MG!


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    761SR Palghat - Dindigul Passenger appears in a distance.


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    GOC YDM-4A #6286 with Dindigul - Palghat Passenger waits at Chathirapatti for the other train to cross.


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    GOC YDM-4A #6286, after bringing in Dindigul - Palakkad Passenger, is setting out to do a run around for its return journey towards Dindigul. Not one of the great shot, but this is the only night shot of a MG train I have. Its a hand held shot and had to hurry before the RPF spots me. RPFs in Kerala are very strict :)


    Thats the end of days Rail-fanning! :grin:
     
  4. koolharry

    koolharry Rail and Road...

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    Doc,

    Thanks for viewing. :)

    MG had disappeared around Delhi. Though the MG is functional between Bikaner and Sadulpur.
     
  5. anupmathur

    anupmathur Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Great pics, KoolHarry!
    Reminded me of my childhood when I made numerous trips between Delhi and Jodhpur on MG! That section is all BG now.
     
  6. KurtRules

    KurtRules Come as you are!

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    Nice pics Harry!
     
  7. kmohan

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    Wonderful clicks Harry...
     
  8. Yogesh Sarkar

    Yogesh Sarkar Administrator

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    Lovely photographs Harish
     
  9. koolharry

    koolharry Rail and Road...

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    Anup ji, Kurt, Mohan, YS,

    Thank you all for viewing and appreciating.
     
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    abhijithora Well-Known Member

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    Good post & Pix's

    Last one Night Shot is lovely koolharry
     

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