Hill top Shrine: Evening

Hill Top Shrine- Evening 2

In central-south India lies the state of Karnataka and here we are in the vicinity of the wonderful World Heritage site of Hampi. This shrine is the Sri Prasana Virupaksheswara on a hill top next to the Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple.

This is a favourite viewpoint as the sun is setting on the strange and wonderful boulder strewn landscape of that region.

Smoking Giants

Smoking Giants

An evocative scene taken in the locomotive yard at Wankaner Junction, Gujarat, India in 1997.

These engines were working the service to Morbi and shared with Chittorgarh the distinction of being the last two steam services on mainline railways in India. These engines were all gone by the year 2000.

Wonderful animate machines of true grit….

 

Maintenance

Maintanance

A photo taken in 1997 in the engine yard atĀ Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, India.

This loco was being prepared to work the service to Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. Steam services on the metre gauge did not have long to run and these engines disappeared soon after and were replaced by diesels.

I was made very welcome by the shed foreman who plied me with cups of water as I stood and completed a drawing of one of the engines.

 

 

Checking Over Number 3333

Checking Over Number 3333

This week I have been revisiting old negatives from the past and this picture was taken in 1997 when I visited Gujarat as part of a backpacking solo tour of India.

In this scene we are in the locoshed yard at Wankaner Junction near Rajkot. The metre gauge railways in India were about to transition from steam to diesel. The locos were in a very run down condition and it probably was a struggle to keep them in working order.

This image was scanned from a colour print negative.