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The locomotives (not 'engines', please!) are DHR (Darjeeling Highland Railway) B Class  0-4-0 well tank/saddle tank engines designed by Sharp Stewart & Co of Glasgow, and built by them in their Atlas workshops on the Clyde between 1889 and 1929.    Originally there were 30 of them, plus 3 built in the DHR workshops. 

Their short length, and lack of a tender, so the need for a saddletank with coal 'bunker' on top, makes them more manoeverable on the narrow guage and short radius bends, and was a design intention.  They are a popular subject for model engineers:

 

John

darjeeling-b-class-45mm-2015.pdf

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Thanks.

what a lovely engineering drawing, makes me want to go the workshop and start building one!

Mike

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Hello All

               We have travelled up to Darjeeling on the Toy Train and are now at the Windermere Hotel(oldy world and lovely)

Hoping to to see the sunrise tomorrow!(6am!!) Then more train rides etc.

A few photos of today

No pop virus yet and Deli belly is ok!

Roger and Memsahib

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Thanks for the daily updates and great train pictures. I like the running maintenance with the hammer, bit like running a  Triumph. 

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              A few photos from today.

We go back to siliguri tomorrow and we are not sure what will happen then as there is talk of the airline not flying to uk for much longer!

Roger

Ps Exide holiday home to recharge your battery?

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Great pics as always. Seems to be potential for injury and death in the last...…..

As for the return!  How do you feel about summer in India.  Best Marigold Hotel :P  You'll not be missing much (good) here by the looks.

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Great documentary about life around the steam trains :thumbsup:

I suppose it must be good fun to hear (and feel) these engines all day long :smile:

Looking forward to the next update.

JC

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Hello All

                I travelled down on the train today(Memsahid decided to us coach)back to Siliguri

I have a lot more photos to show you but may have to wait until tomorrow as the plans have changed!

We are still going to Deli tomorrow and we have a steam train ride Saturday but we have to fly home Sunday as India is getting to lock down we even had to fill in forms again which we had done at the airport.

We have still had a great time and the hotel at Shimla was fantastic in an old school way which we love(photos to follow)

Roger and The Memsahib

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        Now in Delhi a steam train ride tomorrow morning the home.

We would sould be home 7am heathrow the have to get bus to BHX to collect car!

Will be home by 3pm if it goes to plan!

Roger

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shame your trip is being cut short but I have really enjoyed the pictures 

Mike

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Hello All 

               Photos 2 and 3 are the dosshouse room and steps down the pool and pool bar

Roger

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The doss-house..... :huh: How awful...... dunno how you survived there...... :tongue:

Love the water on the roofs

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               At Dubia airport should be back in Blighty 7am at Heathrow and have booked bus to get to Birmingham airport were the car is!

It has been a good trip but cut short but at least we have had a holiday? But most will not this year!

A few photos(lost track of what sent! Will sort more out when in isolation at home!

Roger and memsahib

 

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Hello All

              We arrived home at 2.30pm Sunday even stopped at an Aldi to pick up some supplies(wine!!!!!)

We a in self isolation now for me no change as I often do not go out from one Sunday to the next to meet a mate at the local club

I was going to take Spitty for her MOT Thursday but decided against it as I am in the old Bugger risk group and I suppose it will not be used in the next few months?

Just had a wine offer from one of the companies we use so will order a shed load and a small packet of crackers!

The trip was all we hoped it would be and the organiser and guides did a fantastic job of getting us home.

I have down loaded all the photos and will sort through them and post more if you like as you will have B****er all else to do.

I have a couple of movie clips with engines under load if I can work out how to post them? or better still one of you talk me through the process!

There is some Dick Heads shooting at birds in the field behind us! So I suppose that is essential Work/Travel?

Roger

 

 

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Glad you both made it home safe.  Hope you haven’t caught anything nasty.....

Obviously we’d love to see some more pics as and when. Videos I think you have to upload to YouTube or Vimeo (or similar) and post as a link.

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Works a treat Roger.   That was puffing a bit hard.

I still haven't figured out how they get the coal from the bunker in front of the cab and down into the firebox though.

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Wow!  A more dramatic entrance than Darth Vader!

But more trainspotting onlookers than passengers?

 

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42 minutes ago, rogerguzzi said:

Hello All

                See if this works

 

Brilliant! Looks like quite a significant incline?! (unless the camera is fooling me?)

Thanks for posting it Roger

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Hello All

              Yet another!

Yes it was a big incline but the locomotive was suffering from lack of maintenance(only big hammer) the engine used on second day flew up same gradient !

I would have loved to ride on the front !

 

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13 hours ago, Nick Jones said:

Indeed. The first one takes it though - the effort is graphic :smile: 

That's how I feel when out jogging here in Muswell Hill (the clue is in the name!).

Great stuff Roger. What is the role of the guys on the front of the locos?

Miles

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3 hours ago, MilesA said:

Great stuff Roger. What is the role of the guys on the front of the locos?

Chasing cows off the line..... and old white guys with cameras :tongue:

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