Meter gauge to MHOW

With the meter gauge system rapidly disappearing I made it a priority to ride and photograph some part of the small remaining system on this trip as it may well be my last opportunity. After researching the remaining segments I decided that the Khandwa to Mhow segment would be my best opportunity with a long overall run, a respectable amount of trains and some fantastic scenery. After an early morning arrival on the Jehlum Express I boarded my first meter gauge train, 52992 to Omkareshwar Road. After spending the morning photographing trains crossing the Narmada River I boarded 52964 to Mhow where I was able to tour the meter gauge shed. After a night at the Colonel Uphaar hotel in Mhow I boarded 52963 to Patalpani where I met up with fellow IRFCA member Vivek Mishra for an exhausting but very productive day of railfanning in the Ghats.

Video links:
Khandwa to Omkareshwar
52963 crossing the Narmada
Omkareshwar to Patalpani
Railfanning in the Choral Ghats

Date: 2016-05-30
Owner: Nikos Kavoori
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At long last we reached the waterfall at Patalpani and thankfully found a street vendor selling drinks and snacks of which we were in dire need. While recovering the signal dropped to clear and we heard the distant rumble of a YDM4....the Akola train alre


Finally at 0954 our long wait was over as 52975 slowly descended the ghats with dynamic brakes howling. Once again the damned 6576 was leading!


Easing across ravine viaduct number 2.


Ravine Viaduct #2 and the meter gauge train are dwarfed by the vast unspoiled Choral Valley.


The train exits the viaduct and eases towards the brake check halt.


52975 makes a quick brake test halt before proceeding into tunnel #3 and on south to Khandwa.


Though 52992 are scheduled to cross at Patalpani it is far likelier that 52992 will have racked up some delay on its trip from Mhow versus 52975 which is only a few miles out of the originating station. Such was the case today and 52992 is running an hour


Banker 6717 shoves hard on the rear of 52992 as it crosses Ravine Viaduct #2.


A closer view of the train crossing the immaculately painted 140 year old ravine viaduct #1


After walking down the hill to Choral Bridge #1 we arrived in time to get 6717 descending the hill to push the next train up the Ghats.


After photographing the banker I started climbing the hills near the bridge in search of a good vantage point. My climbing paid off and I photographed the over an hour late Akola-Mhow 52988 slowly crosses Choral Bridge #1 at 11:50


Wider view of 52988 crossing Choral Bridge #1


The familiar 6717 comes into view bringing up the end of the all maroon train. The bright red paint on most of these units has quickly weathered into a shade similar to the passenger coaches.


The train is visible through the trees behind the small village as the locos throttle up for the stiff 2.5 segment ahead.


From my high vantage point I could see and hear the train ascend the ghats before it disappeared out of view after crossing Ravine viaduct #1. The fertile farm fields below are a sharp contrast to the arid mountains above.

Nice set of pics
Posted by Benhur on 2016 Sep 12 08:59:17 +0100