July 30, 2010

A Surprise from Karl Lobo again

Folks, KARL LOBO is back again, with a letter and this very interesting picture to share with us showing his paternal grandfather, Mr. Lobo, with his family at a station. Note the MSM on the carriage in the background. Brings back memories of Madras and Southern Mahratta days, doesn't it ? Thanks very much Karl, you are an inseparable part of this website by now !!
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By the way, don't miss reading Karl's posts below ; they are classics. There are two of them really, The Railway Heritage of Kurduwadi, and A Gift from Karl & Melanie Lobo. Just scroll down below skipping over a few posts and you will find them -- I am not addding any stupid links here for those who want to save themselves the trouble of searching.
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Dear Mr Bhalerao,
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Since you asked me particularly for B & W photographs, I located this one in my paternal Grand father's collection. Am not sure of the date. But it seems to have been taken in the 1930s or 1940s. The coaches seem to be made of wood. I think this photograph was taken at Bombay.
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He was working with WIMCO (Western India Match Company) as Match wood inspector. This was originally a Swedish company. His job was transferable and as a result involved a great deal of travel. He had to visit forest areas to select trees to be used for matchwood. The family would accompany him on long postings. Some of these were at Lahore, Baramulla, Bareilly, The Andaman & Nicobar islands. He was so well travelled that he knew most station masters by name and in small towns, after a long day's work, he would head back to the station which was the only place of some “action”.
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This picture was taken when they were heading out on one of their postings.
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Yours sincerely,
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KARL
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Picture Courtesy of Karl Lobo