Mr. Adrian Shooter documents his experience of visiting the narrow gauge line from Vadodara to Jambusar.
Pratap Nagar Shed had formerly been connected by narrow gauge lines to most of the extensive network which had existed in the area at one time.
By now, however, conversion to broad gauge and closure of some lines, meant that the Shed was only directly linked to the 30 km line to Jambusar Junction, which served as a terminus, rather than a junction.
The Pratap Nagar Shed has the capability of repairing and rebuilding most parts of the loco including bogies, the cummins diesel engine and auxiliaries like the belt driven compressor and exhauster. The latter is required because this is one of the very few remaining sections in India, or indeed the world, that still uses vacuum brakes.
The Jumbusar platform has a full range of offices, including guards and drivers box rooms, a godown and a station master's office - but all closed. The one which was not closed was the First Class waiting room, despite the fact that it must have been 15 years since a train with First Class made an appearance.
Mr. Shooter is the proud owner of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Class 'B' steam locomotive 778 (originally No. 19), which he operates on the Beeches Light Railway in the grounds of his residence, in Oxfordshire.
He has built a station that reflects the style of the stations of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in a generic way.
Author: Adrian Shooter