Some Narrow Gauge Diesel locos (some plinthed steam too!)

ZDM4A # 206 at Baramati (1992)

brmt1.jpg (42482 bytes) The most powerful NG loco in the world, the 700 HP MAK engined Diesel Hydraulic ZDM4A. Note the 1B-B1 wheel arrangement. Note the external brake pipe.
brmt7.jpg (36958 bytes) Although the Daund - Baramati (since converted to BG) spur is 'land locked', the loco and rake were homed to Kurduwadi. As per the overhaul schedule, the loco and the coaches were loaded on a BG flat and sent to Kurduwadi. The power bears the insignia of its parent shed. This is essentially Barsi Light Railway hardware.
brmt3.jpg (35389 bytes) The 1B - B1 weight spreading wheels for lightly laid tracks. Note the dome light for illuminating the purging of the compressed air tanks of moisture at some dark BLR stop. The drain cock is open and the air tank is releasing its condensate.
brmt4.jpg (39395 bytes) Trying to understand some finer points about the NG working. This is quite a large loco. The long hood contains the 6 cylinder inline engine and the hydraulic power pack. The short hood has the radiators (on either side), the single large vertical cooling fan and the batteries.
brmt5.jpg (34206 bytes) Life on Baramati platform The coaches are full featured, complete with continuous vacuum brakes, toilets with running water, generator-fed lighting/fans and sleeper arrangement.
brmt2.jpg (40849 bytes) It does not make sense to post permanent commercial staff at hamlets such as Sirsuphal, Malad, Ravangaon etc., so the train carries its own booking office in the guard's van. Not many customers here!
brmt6.jpg (36600 bytes) The Daund Baramati passenger was the probably the only train on the IR that waited for the road traffic at a level crossing! The train carried its own person to close and open the single level crossing en route. Note the 'Z gauge' (2' 6") coupling.
Image30.jpg (101881 bytes) Another ZDM4A power coupling to its load at an earlier visit to Daund. This is classic 'One Train Only' territory and a token hangs in the loco emphasizing it's right to occupy the track.

NDM 1 at Neral / Matheran (1990)

mlr12.jpg (47349 bytes) The twin engined articulated mountain climbing loco # 503 at Neral Jn.
mlr1.jpg (32718 bytes) It is not young. Manufactured in 1955, as per the maker's (Jung Jungenthal) plates .
mlr17.jpg (50345 bytes) 'Coming on load' at Neral. The load in this case is the 603 Down passenger.
mlr13.jpg (46435 bytes) Loco had two MWM L6 TRHS prime movers initially, but as the age caught up with these engines, it was prudent to shoehorn two Indian Cummins KTA 1150 into each of the hoods driving a common hydraulic trans via dog clutches.
mlr7.jpg (61252 bytes) The Cummins prime movers are larger, hence necessitating the 'parasol' on the hoods.
mlr14.jpg (28602 bytes) Peeking inside the cab, the vertical throttle wheel is visible, rotated one way is forward, the other way the loco reverses. The recording 'Hassler' speedo is also visible.
mlr15.jpg (28527 bytes) The 'N gauge' (2' 0") coupling. There are no continuos vacuum brakes and individual brakesmen ride outside each coach to brake the coach.
Image31.jpg (70575 bytes) Detailed view of the brake lever at the outside the coach.
Image32.jpg (80089 bytes) The older coaches have doors that open towards outside, the newer ones have large 'greenhouse' windows with 'total loss' battery fed lighting. There is a stenciled request to keep the windows open in case of a storm to prevent capsizing.
mlr16.jpg (36853 bytes) The hoods can 'crocodile' around sharp curves, the free to turn hood is clearly visible. Both the 180 HP engines run during the climb, while one is switched off and disconnected while descending.
mlr2.jpg (34394 bytes) The N gauge covered freight wagon, there is also an open version of this cute vehicle. Note the hook for the LV plate.
Image33.jpg (87160 bytes) More freight wagons on the MLR. Note the step on the freight power, on which the brakesman ride, while pulling on the brake lever which is just about visible. In the background is the busy Mumbai Pune line's catenary.
Image34.jpg (55854 bytes) Sometimes it carries dogs, but right now it houses the fire extinguishers; the dog cage on the MLR rake.
mlr11.jpg (58473 bytes) 603 Down climbs the grade towards Matheran. There is a tiny 'one kiss' tunnel in the 21 Kms climb. The tickets are charged for 126 Kms distance to compensate for the climb.
mlr4.jpg (58498 bytes) Nearing the top of the climb, it is clear why Matheran (Forest on the top) is so named. Why did the steeply graded MLR not have a pushing loco like the Nilgiris?
mlr8.jpg (63841 bytes) At the Matheran station, the driver hands over the Niele's token to the station staff.
mlr9.jpg (62504 bytes) The loco is shut off after stabling the rake next to plinthed MLR Orenstein and Koppel tank # 741.
mlr10.jpg (50941 bytes) A 'holiday special' pulls into Matheran. As the platform road is occupied, the other line is used. Note the 'fouling mark' tablet on the ground, any vehicle must stand clear of this to avoid a side collision with the other line.
mlr5.jpg (69545 bytes) Yours truly with the garishly painted MLR 741 at Matheran station.
mlr6.jpg (64871 bytes) View from the front of the MLR 741 showing the stabled rake and the staff quarters in the background. All the shunting of individual coaches is done by the station staff who casually push the tiny railway property.
mlr3.jpg (59096 bytes) The rear end of the tank. Neral Jn. had a very tiny triangle near the platforms to turn the locos.


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