June 17, 2012

Useful links on the internet


THIS WEBSITE is becoming unwieldy, with links to useful material on the net spread at locations far and wide. I have decided to bring together all these links at one place. The reader should note that these links are in addition to the ones found in the sidebar, and that more links as they are found will be added to this post itself. So, be on the lookout !

1) TWO FASCINATING ARTICLES which appeared in The Telegraph of Calcutta, both penned by Malavika Karlekar. Never knew about them until a friend recently emailed these writings to me :


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3) The G.I.P. Railway Murder Case, 1921:


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4) Read Gene Blanchette’s blog here:


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5) Jamalpur has a fascinating railway history. It is the place where Special Class Railway Apprentices are trained, it has a large historic workshop, and many more things besides. Read about Jamalpur's railway past here:





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6) “RAILWAY LAMB / MUTTON CURRY is a direct throw back to the days of the British Raj, when traveling by train was considered aristocratic,” says Bridget Kumar who runs ANGLO INDIAN RECIPES, the definitive source on Anglo-Indian snacks and cuisine. “This very popular and slightly spicy dish was served in Railway Refreshment Rooms and on long distance trains, with Bread or Dinner Rolls. The curry was not too spicy keeping in mind the delicate palates of the British. It was also popular with the Railway staff who had to be on duty for long periods at a stretch.

For more details on this spicy railway dish, turn to Bridget’s site at the following URL :


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7) PETER BAWCUTT passed away in 2001 or thereabouts, and were it not for the late Terry Martin, DHR activist and author of The Iron Sherpa, we would have known nothing about Peter and his love for the railways of the Indian subcontinent. Terry wrote: "The hymn All things bright and beautiful ... could be heard resounding with great gusto outside the village church of Herne in Kent. Indeed, there could not have been more appropriate words for the family and friends to sing, for they had come together to pay their last respects to Peter Bawcutt.

"I had first known of Peter when I was a schoolboy, for I would spend hours journeying across the pages of my atlas, travelling on the railways captured by his incomparable photographs that took me far across the shifting sands of the Middle East to my ultimate goal, India. . . " Read the full text of Terry's piece on this page from the Summer 2001 issue of the Indian Steam Railway Society Newsletter:


A selection of Peter Bawcutt's pictures of the railways in India are now available, and can be seen by clicking on the thumbnails on this page.

Is there anyone in Herne or elsewhere who could tell us more about Peter, his work, and his passion for the railways of India ?

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8) Read about Frederick Dibblee, an engineer trained in Canada who served on the Indian State Railways at the following page:


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9) BB&CI RAILWAY ARCHIVAL PICTURES may be found here:




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10) Here's a set of lovely sepia pictures showing the Bhore Ghat in various stages of construction. 
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11) Check up this superb website by Corinne Joy Baxter. You will find both pictures and memoirs, a real treasure trove of information on railway life penned by persons whose parents served in Kharagpur's sprawling railway complex during the 40's and 50's. Be sure to read all six parts:


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12) Here's a charming description of the Railway Club in Jodhpur during pre-partition times. Click on the link below:

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13) ... And an interesting collection of newspaper reports telling what the British press had to say about the Railways of India during the early days may be read here:


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