Railway yards are unwelcoming places at their very best. A smorgasbord of of metal, noise and human sweat – they are intimidating for someone who does not belong there. There is always something new – the smell of fresh paint, a brand new coach being delivered, a new recruit. There is always something old – rusting parts, decrepit buildings and men who have spent their entire lives in this one place, to make sure others get elsewhere.
But amidst this chaos, there is beauty. Especially at night, when darkness hides all that is unnecessary and draws your attention the true spirit of the railway yard. Where man and metal become one. Amritsar Jṉ welcomed us one night – and laid bare its soul.
4 thoughts on “One night in Amritsar Jṉ”
Lovely pics. A much needed respite from the usual stock-photo shots of locos.
Like the tone and the thought to details there. Thank you Shanx
“Once upon a time these tappets allowed the yard master to be in touch with others down the line”
This is actually called the Station Master’s Slide Box.These boxes usually came with slides in multiples of 6 and depending on the requirement of the yard,an appropriate slide box would be used.It is like a miniature lever frame with mechanical interlocking inside between the slides as well as electrical contacts.The various slides are pulled to release “Slots” or “Controls” to various signalling gears/Signal Cabins/Ground Frames/etc.
For example,at those stations where there are outlying cabins,the slide box is used to release the Home signal and the Advance Starter for the cabins.Hence,the SM exercises dual control on the important reception and despatch signals at the station.The mechanical interlocking between the slides ensures that the SM cannot release a conflicting slot.
At some stations,the yard master is provided with such a slide box with which he controls into which line a train is allowed to be admitted.
The words and the photography have an amazing coherence throughout and the storytelling is top notch 🙂