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Back in August (2017), I exposed this view of the old Great Northern Railways (Ireland) viaduct at Dromore, County Down using a Leica 3A with a screw mount 35mm Nikkor lens. My film choice was Kodak Tri-X. Working with this in Dublin, I processed it in…

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Trains from the window of my room at the Hotel Grischuna in Filisur. A fantastic spot for watching the Rhätische Bahn / Rhaetian Railways in action. One of my all time favourite train watching locations.

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Tracking the Light has posted a new item, 'Incidental Photographs from the Munster Double.'

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http://briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/2017/10/19/incidental-photographs-from-the-munster-double/

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The New Sensation of Indian Railways – 12000hp on fire @ 130 KMPH with New Fastest Rajdhani Express

YouTube [Full-HD @60fps] Video: https://youtu.be/9JMZLzVQHFs

The latest sensation which was on paper from many times is now on track as India’s Fastest Rajdhani Express in between Financial Capital and Nation Capital of India. Seen here is Ghaziabad (GZB) WAP-5 # 30125 & 30117 setting tracks on fire with hottest spectacle, Bandra Terminus - Hazrat Nizamuddin, 09003 Special Rajdhani Express at perfect MPS of 130 Kmph. This is now forth train to run at 130 Kmph on Western Railway from Mumbai to Dahod. Before this Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi, Mumbai Rajdhani and August Kranti Rajdhani Express were only train plying at 130 Kmph in this region. If this train runs on time then it should overtake 12263 Pune-Nizamuddin AC Duronto Express. This is now India’s fastest Rajdhani Express beating King Mumbai Rajdhani Express. The train will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 4.15 PM and will reach Bandra at 6.10 AM next day, while it will leave Bandra Terminus on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4.05 PM and will reach Hazrat Nizamuddin at 6.10 AM next day. The schedule for up service i.e.09004 has show stopper schedule in between Kota and Vadodara wherein it needs to travel 527 Kms in just almost 4 hours with an average running speed of 133.49 Kmph which seems impossible since train is having MPS of 130 Kmph only, so how it’s going to be achieve this much average and same thing happened in its inaugural run wherein it reached Vadodara late. I hope official find this lapse and fix it.

This perfect Diwali gift is not only faster to cut travel time by 2 hours but also cheaper Rajdhani Express service in between Mumbai and Delhi. This train is cheaper since it’s without flexi-fares system even though it is costlier by 20% on base fare and it was introduced on an experimental basis for three months to gauge the response of the public to a concept of a flat increase in fares against existing flexi-fare system. Another major feature of this train is that it will be hauled by twin WAP-5 which will be mue’d (combined 12000hp and 10800hp in working condition) which shall help in better acceleration, deceleration and higher speed than single locomotive. So with this feature this is the only train in Indian Railways to run with mue’d WAP-5. On its inaugural run on 16-Oct-17, another pair of mue’d WAP-5 was hauled Mumbai bound Golden Temple Mail. This might be a precautionary step. When this consists tested few days back, it was given halt at Ratlam only to see the duration it takes, however when introduced it was given halt at Kota, Vadodara and Surat. The basic reduction in time is due to change in terminal at both ends i.e. from Bandra and Nizamuddin which must have saved almost 15 to 20 minutes and rest is pure aggressive run and priority.

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People are the best part’s of Railway Preservation Society Ireland’s Rail tours. This is a selection of my images from Saturday’s Munster Double from Dublin to Cork and Kerry. Were you traveling or working the trip? Tracking the Light Posts Daily!

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Saturday 14 October was a great day out; Railway Preservation Society of Ireland operated its Munster Double Railtour from Connolly Station in Dublin to Cork and Tralee. The attraction of this trip was the highly unusual multiple-unit operation of two…
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