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Steam locomotives at the Darjeeling train yard (India)

The two locomotives in the front (#788 "Tusker" and ­#782 "Mountaineer") are warm and ready to work.­ One of them will be used to pull the next train, while a spare one is kept ready in case of last-minute problems with the main one.­ Because it takes hours to heat-up the steam boiler, the two steam engines must be warm and ready hours before the train is scheduled to leave.­ A railroad worker is staying up all night and feeding coal in their furnaces to keep both engines warm.­

The locomotive in the back (#804 "Queen of the Hills") is undergoing maintenance.­

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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Steam Trains (B&W)
Hill Cart Road, Limbugaon, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101, India