In 1870, His Highness the Maharajah of Indore, Sawai Tukojirao Holkar the Second, offered a loan of £10 million sterling for the construction of a railway line to his capital city of Indore. A quick survey was made and Khandwa on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway main line was chosen as the junction point. The alignment was to pass through Sanawad and Kheree Ghat on the Narmada and then by way of the Choral Valley up the slopes of the Vindhayas to Indore.
From my earlier post on the Franklin and South Manchester, most visitors already know about the good fortune i had to chance upon a visit to the this fabulous layout built by George Sellios. Normally, photography is banned but luckily when I visited the ban had been lifted temporarily and i took full advantage of the opportunity!!!
One rainy Saturday afternoon my buddy and partner in crime , RDX - Ranjeev Dubey turns up with a HOe narrow gauge diesel loco in tow . He very nonchalantly says that he has totalled the motor in it and now wants to re-motor it . While we are it he also wants to add a sound decoder in it.
Was just reviewing my collection of locos and couldn't help but wonder how far model railway
technology has come ....
The new Engineering Edition locomotives from ESU - a german manufacturer - based in Ulm, southern
Germany - surely pushes this envelope .....i have not thoroughly tested the loks in real world layout conditions
but whatever little i have run them and seen of them in operation in model railway shows is really
saliva inducing !!!!:-)
some of its key features being :-
all metal construction giving the lok enough traction and adhesion for reliable power pick up
Well , this blog/website has been a while coming and is in fact my second attempt at it , the first having failed miserably!! I was dependent on someone else to do the backscene work for me and that probably spelt doom in the first instance. This time around i managed setup the domain and other behind the scenes myself so things are rather painless so far. I guess it is now a matter of discipline on my side to keep this blog/website active and interesting ........