The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Take a ride on one of the most stunning and scenic railways in the world, battling seemingly impossible gradients, six reverses and three loops to the top of the world. Material from three cameras is expertly joined together to follow two special charter and two service steam trains, as well as shots of the diesel service and short steam specials at work on this World Heritage line.
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In November 2006 this amazing 2 foot narrow gauge railway was filmed in superb weather. The whole journey is recorded with the usual GWP quality and informative script. This is probably the best video yet made of this World Heritage Railway. About “Darjeeling Himalayan Railway” The Monsoon was only just over when this video was shot in the autumn of 2006. So the weather was bright, the air was warm and every leaf seemed a vibrant green, to show the amazing DHR in unaccustomed glory. Here is the entertaining, yet detailed exploration of the wonderful sights to be seen.
Included are clear maps, to explain just why the railway is unique and how it manages to climb so high over such difficult terrain with its 6 reverses and 3 loops. Material from three cameras is expertly joined together to follow two special charter and two service steam trains, as well as shots of the diesel service and short steam specials. All combine to show the unique features of the railway. There are shots down from high above and scenes of whirling wheels from inches above the ground. There is stirring steam action with the small blue locomotives straining hard to surmount the gradient and vies from right alongside the chuffung beast. It is an evocative and informative programme, offering excellent entertainment and is probably the best video yet made of this World Heritage railway.
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