Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Gateman at Getambe

The Gateman at Getambe
Gyan C A Fernando
Gateman at Getambe, Kandy, Sri Lanka, railway, signals,
Cartoon by N. Senthilkumaran

Every morning, from where I live in Kandy, I take a brisk walk for my health. That is what I always tell myself! Funnily, I always seem to end up at the railway level crossing at Getambe and this is where I first met an interesting character by the name of Jayantha, or Jayantha Aiya as he is known to all and sundry.
getambe, signal man, railway, Sri Lanka railway,
Jayantha the gateman with his signal lamp

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Old Ceylon Railway Pictures

Old Ceylon

This site contains pictures of old Ceylon, including pictures of the Ceylon Government Railway (CGR) during the early days.
There are several pictures of the Kadugannawa Incline during construction and also a picture of a narrow gauge Beyer Garratt locomotive from the Udu Pussellawa Railway (UPR).
Worth a visit.  

Monday, 15 July 2013

Estación Central General Artigas, Montevideo, Uruguay

Estación Central General Artigas,
George Stephenson en la estación de trenes General Artigas, Montevideo, UruguayGeorge Stephenson en la estación de trenes General Artigas, Montevideo, UruguayMontevideo, Uruguay
 George Stephenson está vivo y bien en Montevideo!
Visité Estación Central General Artigas , el 4 de octubre de 2008.
Mis fotos de la estación y de la estatua de George Stephenson están aquí IMÁGENES

Estación Central General Artigas 
es la antigua estación central de trenes de Montevideo, Uruguay, situado en Aguada.
Diseñado por el ingeniero y arquitecto italiano Luigi Andreoni, que se abrió al público el 15 de julio 1897 y se cerró el 1 de marzo de 2003.
(De Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre)

Friday, 5 July 2013

Dynamic Brakes and Dynamic Braking on Diesel Electric Locomotives

Dynamic Brakes and Dynamic Braking on Diesel Electric Locomotives
Gyan C A Fernando

The dynamic brake grids and blower cowling on the short hood of No 628 Class M2 “Kankesanthurai” of the Sri Lankan Railway

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

St Clair: Lost in the Wilderness

St Clair

Lost in the Wilderness

St Claire tea plantation and railway halt, Sri Lanka

Gyan C A Fernando

In the very first issue of LRD (Lanka Railway Digest) we ran an article entitled:  “Glenanore: A well preserved plantationrailway siding in Sri Lanka”

 The article opened with the statement “Plantation railway sidings or estate platforms on the Sri Lankan Railway are little used nowadays, some have become stations and some have completely disappeared.”     More......

The Train Halt with No Name

The Train Halt with No Name
A Most Curiously Named Railway Halt in Sri Lanka 
Train Halt No 1
Gyan C A Fernando
Cartoon by N. Senthilkumaran
Many crowded trains pass through this station daily on the busy Coast Line of Sri Lanka to and from the capital, Colombo. Of the thousands of passengers who pass this rail halt not many know how it got its curious name.
Not many trains stop here anyway.
Train Halt No 1 in Sri Lanka
More....just clck link at bottom!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Wrong Type of Snow

“The Wrong Type of Snow” 
British Rail's Contribution to the English Language!

Gyan C. A. Fernando
Cartoon by N Senthilkumaran

In the winter of 1990-1991, when I was residing in Britain, there was a sudden cold snap. A few inches of snow fell and the temperature dropped well below zero. Nothing unusual but good old British Rail came to a grinding halt. (More: Click link at bottom)

The Wrong type of Snow