Sunday, July 19, 2009

Trainspotting: Part 1

Remember I told you we live near the railway tracks, and see all kinds of trains passing by all day long. Well, over the last three months in the new house we observed quite a few different types of trains and learnt to identify them. Now even my kids can tell you which is which! :) And they do that all the time for visitors and first-timers.

So I thought I'd take you through a tour of the trains we spot. Only I couldn't capture all of them on camera, so there will be a Part 2 post sometime later. But for now, here goes...

This is the regular passenger train with its trademark blue coaches.

And notice how this one has loads of people on top. Unfortunately folks here still think it is cool to sit atop since it is a non-electrified, diesel line. What they don't realize is how dangerous this is; one sharp brake and they could all topple over. (And I'm not even mentioning the evils of ticketless travel here...)

This is the regular goods train with its boring rust brown coaches.

And this is the more interesting container goods train. The different colored containers passing by in a queue make for such a pretty picture!

This one is a coal train, loaded to the brim.

This train with blue coaches is used to ferry cars. Notice how the coach size is bigger and has see-through openings.

Hope you enjoyed this first round of trainspotting! Stay tuned for Part 2.

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