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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.­

View more photos of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, locally known as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling (India).­ It is still operated by vintage British-built B Class steam locomotives.­ Operations between Siliguri and Kurseong have been temporarily suspended since 2010 following a Landslide at Tindharia (view photos of the landslide).­

For more info about the DHR steam locomotives, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­DHR_­778_­(locomotive) and www.­irfca.­org/­docs/­locolists/­dhr-locos-full.­html.

For more information about the Darjeeling Steam-powered Train, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Darjeeling_­Himalayan_­Railway.

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India 2013 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Steam Trains
Hill Cart Road, Limbugaon, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101, India