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From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Manmad Jn. (2nd attempt)

Date: 16 Nov 1998 23:49:49 -0500


> -----------Manmad------------
> >From --------- Station------------ -> To
> Nasik / \ / Chalisgaon
> / \ /
> / \ /
> | | /
> |Ankai Fort | /
> | |
> | / |
> | / |
> | / |
> | / |
> |/ |
> | |
> / \
> / \
> Daund Nanded
>
>

What I have understood is that this essentially new track connects
between Ankai Killa and the equivalent first station on the Nanded
line. My contact (who lives is Aurangabad and uses the Nanded line to
get to Mumbai) told me that this line is used for trains coming from
Daund to get to the Nanded line directly and vice versa. And this
track is used to reverse a rake to face Mumbai.

I doubt why anyone would want to bypass Manmad station (except for
North bound freight trains whose passage would block both the Up and
Down main ). The idea of this track as a means of avoiding a triangle
is what kicked me. Imagine a train coming from Daund turns towards the
Nanded line at Ankai, the it joins the Nanded line to come to Manmad
platform facing Mumbai !

Here is a listing from the 1998 CR timetable's 'through and sectional
carriage services'
This is a bizarre travel from Mumbai to Daund via Manmad ! This is
one II class sleeper coach which leaves Mumbai on the 1003 Mumbai -
Nanded Devagiri Express at 2120 to reach Manmad at 0250, then gets
attached at 0420 on the 1602 passenger to reach Daund at 1115 ! Now
that is a travel of 14 hours to cover 261 (CSTM - MMR) + 238 (MMR -
DD) = 499 Kms. The route KMs from Mumbai to Daund via Pune is 268 and
an average time for slower trains like 1023 Sidheswar Express is 6
hours. Such odd circuitous routes do exist and benefit a number of
passengers who want to travel from intermediate stations. Only nuts
like us would actually use this CSTM - DD via MMR coach to get to
Daund !
In the return direction this coach arrives to MMR from DD on the 1321
passenger (DD dep = 1520, MMR arr = 2220) and gets attached to the
1004 Up Devagiri at 2345 to reach CSTM at 0540.

Have you gang ever seen a remote junction of a triangle ? I am
referring to the clover leaf structure that is found at the Dombivali
- Vasai track which has entry from Kalyan side as well as from Diva
side. The two tracks curve towards a location approximately a KM away
and eventually meet at a point. This point is in a remote location
i.e. away from a station. How are points controlled over such a long
distance ? Similar clover leaf structure exists at Diva where a train
point to the Konkan Rail may enter the track either from Diva platform
side or from Kalyan side.

Apurva

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Pics of a LPG train at Pune

Date: 17 Nov 1998 00:23:27 -0500


Gang, check out the LPG tankers in my page.
<A HREF="http://members.tripod.com/~ApuB/LPG.htm">http://members.tripod.com/~ApuB/LPG.htm</A>
These are four wheelers as well as eight wheelers in this train
Apurva

Anne Ogborn wrote:

> >
> > Off the topic - I work near a big refinery and we have gasoline and
other
> > chemicals taken
> > out by rail. I noticed that the bogies for carrying liquid product
here are
> > quite a bit longer
> > than in India (the stuff that is "NOT TO BE LOOSED SHUNTED"). Or do
we have
> > longer
> > bogies in India as well ? The bogie looks basically like a cylinder
with
> > rounded caps on either end (I
> > apologize to those who know the exact name for this type of wagon).
>
> It's a tank car. Far as I know the trucks are the same as any other
freight car
>
> trucks, but yes, tank cars can be quite long. If they have rounded
caps, they
> may be
> propane tankers, carrying propane under pressure, in which case
they'll be
> quite long.
>
> > Another
> > thing
> > I noticed is that the people assisting with the shunting end up
> > communicating with the
> > driver via walkie -talkie instead of flags - probably because of the
> > distance to the loco.
> > I recall reading something about intercoms being made standard on
express
> > trains - has
> > that gone into effect ?
> >
> > Madhav
>
> Yes, there's some new rule about requiring certain train personnel to
have
> radios.
> But, the RR's have had them for a long time anyway - they vastly
increase the
> amount
> of switching a small crew can do.
>
> Near where I work there's a siding that angles away from the main
line, cutting
> through an
> industrial area (and crossing near my building, lucky me!). It
services a
> couple of industries
> to the north, then swings sharply south and runs down a street,
servicing
> several more, including
> a very active plant that ships something in tank cars.
>
> Sometimes I'll see them pull a manuver where the brakeman will get off
on the
> street
> in front of our office, walk down the sidewalk, cutting the corner
while the
> train trundles down
> to the turnaround and back, and throw the switch ahead of them at the
plant on
> our street.
> They'd never be able to coordinate that without the radio!

From: Harsh Vardhan <>

Subject: Re: Pune - Nashik and a few more dream trains

Date: 17 Nov 1998 03:48:09 -0500



-----Original Message-----
From: Apurva Bahadur <iti@giaspn01.email
To: SHRINIVAS V. JOSHI <smg@godrej.email Harsh Vardhan
<champa@del3.email
Cc: IRFCA <irfca@cs.email
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 1998 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: Pune - Nashik and a few more dream trains


>1) Pune - Daund - Manmad - Bhusawal - Khandwa - change of gauge to MG -
>Indore by MG . This is the shortest route. This must have guaranteed
>reservation like BG & MG Goa Express - the MG super waited for the BG
>super even if the BG arrived as late as it would.


I think that this is the most practicle route. Last time I was at Pune,
I
licked the CR/WR time table from cover to cover in order to find a
connection for Indore at Khandwa for a train out of Pune but there isn't
any. So I had to miss some steam in action at Mhow on my way back to
Delhi
on this particular trip. Eventually this section will also get converted
to
BG but don't ask me when. That is the big question.

HARSH

From: S. Kumar <>

Subject: favorite trains

Date: 17 Nov 1998 03:58:49 -0500


My favorite trains are the New Delhi-Chennai Southern/Grand Trunk
Express and
the Howrah-Chennai Mail.

These are the two trains I associate with pleasant memories of going
south for
summer vacation during my school-going days.

The Grand Trunk Express is the oldest train currently running from New
Delhi to
Chennai. It has always intrigued me that its route is almost
perpendicular to the
famous highway bearing the same name. Interestingly the GT Express (as
it is
affectionately called) owes its current-day status to the language
politics in India. In
the sixties the Southern/AC express was introduced between New Delhi and

Chennai as a prestigious fast train. The GT was a distant number 2
beating only the
miserable Janata Express. When the Hindi fanatics prevailed upon the
railways to
rename the Southern express as Dakshin express, the DMK (not to be
outdone in
fanaticism) took umbrage. Cooler heads prevailed and a compromise was
reached.
The Southern would be renamed Dakshin but would go to Hyderabad instead
of
Chennai. It would also take on the erstwhile GT's timings. In order to
preserve a
link to Chennai, a "Link" Express would be introduced from Kazipet to
Chennai
connecting to the Dakshin. The GT would now take on the timings of the
Southern
express. How ironic that today one has a Rajdhani express to Chennai
(the center
of anti-Hindi sentiment) and a Capital express to Patna (in the Hindi
heartland)!!!
My favorite GT was the one with the distinct dark blue/red livery; it
was THE
PREFERRED train for anyone going south from Delhi (and even places like
Kanpur, Jaipur etc.). It had through coaches to many other cities in
the south
(Bangalore, Mangalore, Cochin etc.) and it was not uncommon to see its
distinctive
coaches in trains originating from Chennai to places like Bangalore and
Cochin.
Tickets were always difficult to get with even short distance passengers
preferring
to travel by the GT. I remember a person in the line at the ticket
counter in New
Delhi that he wanted to travel to Bhopal only by the GT!! It is fast,
clean, and
always on time he said. Those were the days.

More later....

Kumar

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Pune - Nashik and a few more dream trains

Date: 17 Nov 1998 08:41:44 -0500


> I think that this is the most practicle route. Last time I was at
Pune, I
> licked the CR/WR time table from cover to cover in order to find a
> connection for Indore at Khandwa for a train out of Pune but there
isn't
> any.

Here it is, I checked it today morning : 1077 Dn. Jhelum Express (Pune
dep
1735), Khandwa arr 0440. Connecting MG train, 9672 Dn. Khandwa - Ajmer
fast
passenger (KNW dep 1000, Mhow arr/dep 1435- 1505, Indore arr/dep 1605-
1620,
Ratlam arr/dep 2010 - 2130 (dinner break ?), Nimach arr/dep 0031 -
0041,
Chittaurgarh arr/dep 0205 - 0235, Bhilwara arr/dep 0339 - 0359 and Ajmer
0740
arr. If you leave by 2779 Dn Goa Super (Pune dep 0420, Khandwa arr
1505). The connecting MG train 9770 Dn. is Purna Jaipur Express which
arrives/departs Khandwa at 1600 - 1615, Mhow 2030 - 2100, Indore 2150
-2205, Ratlam 0045 - 0100, Nimach 0358 - 0408, Chittaurgarh 0530 -
0550, Ajmer 1030 - 1040 and then on to the NR. The Khandwa MG section is
covered in the 1998 WR timetable pages 81 - 83.

Apurva

From: Balasubramanian, Vijay <>

Subject: Re: Favorite train

Date: 17 Nov 1998 10:29:50 -0500


>
> My favorite train would have to be the Doon Express from
> Howrah to Dehra
> Dun, mainly because I took it so many times. If you're
> religious, you've
> gotta love a train that goes through Gaya, Varanasi, and Haridwar (all
> during daylight too!). And the adventure with ticketless
> passengers between
> Varanasi and Lucknow is quite, well, interesting.
>
I have traveled on the Doon Exp. a few times between Varanasi and
Asansol/Howrah. It provides an overnight service with convenient times
at
both ends. Two non-AC sleeper coaches used to be
attached/detached at Varanasi to provide sectional service to Howrah.
I
traveled on one of these during a trip from Asansol to Varanasi - our
coach
was second from the WAM2 loco. These Bo-Bo WAM2s have shrill
high-pitched
horns that can create powerful echos. Since I had been banished to the
upper side-berth for the night :-( I was grateful when it was dawn and I
could sit glued to the window. I noticed to my thrill that our coach
was
right next to the loco. (the other one must have been decoupled during
the
night). I savored every bit of the morning run between Gaya and
Mughalsarai. Highlights were the crossing of a WAM2-headed Deluxe Exp.
(all
coaches had the red-white livery) which whizzed past us at
Dehri-on-Sone.
At Mughalsarai, the WAM2 gave way to a WDM4 and that took us to
Varanasi.

On another occasion, I was in the First Class 4-berth cabin traveling
from Howrah to Varanasi. I woke up in the middle of the night to
realize
that our train had stopped for quite a while at Gujhandi. Then to my
surprise it actually reversed onto the other track and then reversed
again
to continue on its journey. After a while, we passed a derailed freight
train that had blocked the Up. line.

Another trip was on a ordinary 2-tier from Howrah to Varanasi. The
highlight of this trip was the crossing of the Rajdhani Exp. just after
Koderma. It was running late by about 1/2 hr. and, to my surprise, it
was
hauled by a cream-brown WAM4 (I was expecting a WDM4).

Regards,
Vijay

From: Prakash Tendulkar <>

Subject: Re: IR website

Date: 17 Nov 1998 12:53:51 -0500


Annie,

You have not yet learnt IR language. Retiring Room is never meant to
retire or relax. So contact us may not necessarily be a right place.
Send e-mail to Mr. V.K. Agarwal, Chairman of Railway Board. He can be
reached at crb@del2.email

Prakash

Notes Address: Prakash Tendulkar/Santa Teresa/IBM@IBMUS
VM Address: IBMUSM50(PRAKASH)
Internet Address: prakash@us.email
Phone: (408)463-3536



anniepoo@netmagic.email on 11/16/98 09:26:44 PM
Please respond to anniepoo@netmagic.email
To: irfca@cs.email
cc:
Subject: Re: IR website



I tried to contact them, but the contact button doesn't work - looking
at the
source, it's not
even wired up!

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Huh ?

Date: 17 Nov 1998 13:24:20 -0500


More huhs !
refer: <A HREF="http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/tourist/hill.html#matheran">http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/tourist/hill.html#matheran</A>

'The Ooty is connected by a narrow gauge line from Mettupalayam, which
serves as the railhead for mainline trains'.

I always thought the line was MG !

Apurva

Jayant S wrote:

> <A HREF="http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/tourist/hill.html#matheran">http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/tourist/hill.html#matheran</A>
>
> I wonder what on earth the little NRM train is doing here......
> I always found it cute that they put a dummy chopper-type
> coupler on the loco, visible in this photo.
>
> Could those of us who have great IR shots contribute to them ?
> IR have made a good start by putting up a website. Some help
> from IRFCA would help.
>
> JS

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: email address of the railway guys

Date: 17 Nov 1998 13:24:31 -0500


This page has the email links to the railway honchos

<A HREF="http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/key_orgn.html">http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/key_orgn.html</A>

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: New types of Diesel locos

Date: 17 Nov 1998 13:25:24 -0500


Thanks Larry,

I have not seen the pics of the WDP 2 yet. Nor do I know the numbers
assigned to them. The modified WDM2 is pictures somewhere in an Indian
Railway magazine which I would have to dig up.
I remember that there was a twin full width cab diesel made by BHEL
using the 2600 HP RSD 29 engine. There was quite a newspaper coverage
of that loco but nothing came out of it. This was about 5 or 6 years
ago. Do you have any news of this loco ?

Apurva

Larry Russell wrote:

> >did not pay much attention to them. I could find a picture soon
enough
> >for all of you to see.
> Looking forward to seeing if this is really what was done a few years
ago
> to some locomotives (wide short hood about helf height, something like
a
> North American wide nose?
>
> >He also has pics of WDP 2 which is full width body and shares a cab
from
> >the WAPx ! The prime mover diesel is located inside a body and can be
> >approached from inside - no catwalks. I have a fleeting suspicion
here
> >- the GT 46 MACs look a lot like WAPx s. Maybe the GE actually looked
at
> >our locos before beginning work :-)
>
> Need to know what numbers IR has given to the WDP2's!! They were under
> construction when I was at DLW in Feb. this year.
> The GM GT46MAC's have a blunt nose similar to WAP's but the body is a
hood
> unit. See my picture of the demonstrator at:
<A HREF="http://emdexport.railfan.net/">http://emdexport.railfan.net/</A>
> and go to the IR page or look at the demonstrators.
>
> Larry

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: Huh ?

Date: 17 Nov 1998 13:26:24 -0500


The Palace on wheel page
<A HREF="http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/tourist/palacew.htm">http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/tourist/palacew.htm</A> mentions that
this is a 'centrally air conditioned rake' ! Ha Ha Ha ! - One genset
car and one airconditioning plant car !

Apurva

Jayant S wrote:

> <A HREF="http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/tourist/hill.html#matheran">http://www.indianrailway.com/railway/tourist/hill.html#matheran</A>
>
> I wonder what on earth the little NRM train is doing here......
> I always found it cute that they put a dummy chopper-type
> coupler on the loco, visible in this photo.
>
> Could those of us who have great IR shots contribute to them ?
> IR have made a good start by putting up a website. Some help
> from IRFCA would help.
>
> JS

From: Kartik Pashupati <>

Subject: Grand Trunk Express and TN Express

Date: 17 Nov 1998 13:30:19 -0500


At 11:58 AM +0000 11/17/98, S. Kumar wrote:

>My favorite GT was the one with the distinct dark blue/red livery.

I grew up in Bhopal during the sixties and seventies, and the GT was one
of
my favorite trains, too. I have traveled to Delhi and Madras several
times
on this train.

I seem to recall that twice a week, the GT would have an Air-Conditioned
Deluxe edition, with a beige/red-stripe livery (similar to the
Rajdhani's
colors?), while on other days it would run with a different livery.
Could
someone please confirm if my memory is accurate?

In later years, the GT was supplanted in prestige by the "superfast"
Tamilnadu Express, which had alphabetically numbered coaches running
from A
to T. I remember seeing this train in Bhopal station on its inaugural
run.
It had a "gopuram" cut-out mounted on the locomotive, which was of
course
covered with the ceremonial floral garland. Where else but in India
does a
train get such a send-off?!

The GT remained popular in Bhopal despite the advent of the Tamilnadu
Express, because the latter used to pass through at some ungodly hour
like
2:30 a.m. (again, I am speaking from unreliable childhood memory here!).

Incidentally, all this was before the Bhopal station moved to Habibganj,
which was a minor station with 2 platforms at that time.

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"Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday."

Kartik Pashupati, Ph.D. (kpashupa@mailer.email

Florida State University
Department of Communication
356 Diffenbaugh Building
Tallahassee FL 32306-2064
Phone: 850-644-1809; Fax: 850-644-8642
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Website: <A HREF="http://mailer.fsu.edu/~kpashupa">http://mailer.fsu.edu/~kpashupa</A>

From: Kartik Pashupati <>

Subject: "Not to be Loose Shunted"

Date: 17 Nov 1998 13:45:10 -0500


Annie's mention of this warning found on oil tanker wagons reminded me
that
there was a short story published in The Illustrated Weekly of India in
the
70s or 80s with that very title.

Incidentally, I recall that most of the "Not to Be Loose Shunted" wagons
also had the injunction, "Return to Wadala."

While on the topic, there was another rail-themed short story published
in
Debonair (the Indian version of Playboy!) in the early 90s, involving a
young transvestite male who travels in the ladies' compartment of the
Bombay locals and falls in love with a young woman in the process. They
try to make love in an unused EMU parked in a siding, only to be rudely
interrupted by a beggar who was sleeping (hitherto unobserved) in the
train! I don't recall the title or the author. A little bizarre, but
well-written.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----
"Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday."

Kartik Pashupati, Ph.D. (kpashupa@mailer.email

Florida State University
Department of Communication
356 Diffenbaugh Building
Tallahassee FL 32306-2064
Phone: 850-644-1809; Fax: 850-644-8642
------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----
Website: <A HREF="http://mailer.fsu.edu/~kpashupa">http://mailer.fsu.edu/~kpashupa</A>

From: Kartik Pashupati <>

Subject: Bhowani Junction

Date: 17 Nov 1998 13:52:59 -0500


Folks:

I am in the process of reading "Bhowani Junction" by John Masters.

I haven't seen the movie, but this extremely well-written novel should
be
required reading for railfans of all liveries. I highly recommend it.

There is an entire chapter describing a footplate journey in a steam
locomotive between Bhowani and Gondwara (both of which I presume are
fictional). At the risk of violating copyright laws, I am tempted to
post
the entire chapter on this list.

Kartik.

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-----
"Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday."

Kartik Pashupati, Ph.D. (kpashupa@mailer.email

Florida State University
Department of Communication
356 Diffenbaugh Building
Tallahassee FL 32306-2064
Phone: 850-644-1809; Fax: 850-644-8642
------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----
Website: <A HREF="http://mailer.fsu.edu/~kpashupa">http://mailer.fsu.edu/~kpashupa</A>

From: Elizabeth Richmond <>

Subject: Nilgiri express

Date: 17 Nov 1998 16:02:36 -0500


Is the Nilgiri express still running? Can you send me information on books and videos about this railway? We already have "No problem Sahib", "Great railway journeys of the world" and "Relics of the Raj".
 

From: SHRINIVAS V. JOSHI <>

Subject: Dombivli-Vasai !

Date: 17 Nov 1998 18:38:25 -0500



Hi!


> Have you gang ever seen a remote junction of a triangle ? I am
> referring to the clover leaf structure that is found at the Dombivali
> - Vasai track which has entry from Kalyan side as well as from Diva
> side. The two tracks curve towards a location approximately a KM away
> and eventually meet at a point. This point is in a remote location
> i.e. away from a station. How are points controlled over such a long
> distance ? Similar clover leaf structure exists at Diva where a train
> point to the Konkan Rail may enter the track either from Diva platform
> side or from Kalyan side.
>
> Apurva

Yes, as I am from Dombivli, looking at this type since the tracks were
laid, way back in 1977-80. Then Viraf, used to ask me, to make sketches
of
this newly laid out track. Now one realises the use of such junction. A
train like Mangala Exp. now diverted on this route, can take the track
upto a point just before Diva & diverts on towards Panvel. Thus it need
not go upto Diva.

Another train Dom-Vasai leaves Dom. early at 5:25 & without going upto
Diva,
diverts just outside Dom. taking a left curve, a big one at that and
reaches
the point as mentioned by you and takes it's route to Vasai,But
sometimes,
mostly on Thursday it is kept waiting at Dom , for Delhi-Trivandrum
Rajdhani
coming in from Vasai to cross the point and take it's journey on Konkan
Railway
- to Panvel where it reaches at 5:40.

Bye

Shrinivas

From: Anne Ogborn <>

Subject: Re: "Not to be Loose Shunted"

Date: 17 Nov 1998 19:21:50 -0500




Kartik Pashupati wrote:

> Annie's mention of this warning found on oil tanker wagons reminded me
that
> there was a short story published in The Illustrated Weekly of India
in the
> 70s or 80s with that very title.
>
>

wasn't me that brought it up, but In the U.S., such cars are marked "do
not
hump",
meaning not to shunt them by gravity in a "hump" yard, but having other
connotations
best left unmentioned and unimagined.


> While on the topic, there was another rail-themed short story
published in
> Debonair (the Indian version of Playboy!) in the early 90s, involving
a
> young transvestite male who travels in the ladies' compartment of the
> Bombay locals and falls in love with a young woman in the process.
They
> try to make love in an unused EMU parked in a siding, only to be
rudely
> interrupted by a beggar who was sleeping (hitherto unobserved) in the
> train! I don't recall the title or the author. A little bizarre, but
> well-written.

Heck, and the most that ever happens to me is somebody's baby pees on
me.

From: Jayant S <>

Subject: Re: "Not to be Loose Shunted"

Date: 17 Nov 1998 19:31:21 -0500


> ...I recall that most of the "Not to Be Loose Shunted" wagons....

Unfortunate blank in my railway knowledge: can this term be
explained clearly by anyone ? Does it mean that the coupler has
to be engaged, that it has to be tightened, or is it that the
brake connection is also to be made during shunting ? Considering
that the idea is probably to reduce shock to cargo, tightened
couplings would seem to be the meaning....

Years back, some passenger trains in Gujarat used to have a
couple of milk tank wagons attached to the front of the
rake (the Gujarat Mail was one such). These wagons appeared
to be designed for attachment to passenger trains, being
equipped with the same design of bogies (trucks). Is this
practice still being carried out ?


--
Jayant S
--

From: SHRINIVAS V. JOSHI <>

Subject: Dombivli-Vasai ! (Sketched)

Date: 17 Nov 1998 20:15:29 -0500




> > Apurva
>
> Yes, as I am from Dombivli, looking at this type since the tracks were
> laid, way back in 1977-80. Then Viraf, used to ask me, to make
sketches of
> this newly laid out track. Now one realises the use of such junction.
A

> train like Mangala Exp. now diverted on this route, can take thetrack
> upto a point just before Diva & diverts on towards Panvel. Thus it
need
> not go upto Diva.
>
> Another train Dom-Vasai leaves Dom. early at 5:25 & without going upto
Diva,
> diverts just outside Dom. taking a left curve, a big one at that and
reaches
> the point as mentioned by you and takes it's route to Vasai,But
sometimes,
> mostly on Thursday it is kept waiting at Dom , for Delhi-Trivandrum
Rajdhani
> coming in from Vasai to cross the point and take it's journey on
Konkan Railway
> - to Panvel where it reaches at 5:40.
>
> Bye
>
> Shrinivas

Premier Auto
- - - Panvel
/ \ \
/ \ \
| \ \
| -- - \
| - - - _
| - - - _
| - - - _
| - - - \
Dom-----|----------------------------------------------------------Diva

|
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/
/
Vasai

From: Apurva Bahadur <>

Subject: Re: "Not to be Loose Shunted"

Date: 17 Nov 1998 22:44:53 -0500


> While on the topic, there was another rail-themed short story
published in
> Debonair (the Indian version of Playboy!) in the early 90s, involving
a
> young transvestite male who travels in the ladies' compartment of the
> Bombay locals and falls in love with a young woman in the process.
They
> try to make love in an unused EMU parked in a siding, only to be
rudely
> interrupted by a beggar who was sleeping (hitherto unobserved) in the
> train! I don't recall the title or the author. A little bizarre, but
> well-written.

Yes I remember that story very well. I guess the erotica was written in
a train
added that extra zing to it. But then the EMU rakes are never marked as
'Not to
be loose shunted'

Apurva

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