A Broad Gauge line alongside Narrow Gauge line by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
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.
A view of Pratapnagar Diesel Locomotive Shed by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
In the picture: Maintenance of the 26 ZDM5 Diesel Hydraulic Locos is being performed at the Pratap Nagar Diesel Loco Shed.
These 22 ton B-B machines were introduced to replace steam engines, which last ran in 1995 in this area.
The men responsible for managing the shed and the staff by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
Depot Engineer Mr. Bremod Meena and Senior Section Engineer Mr. Sunil Kelkar are responsible for managing the shed and the staff of 95 people.
The guard, Mr. Rakesh Shukla, in Pratapnagar Locomotive Shed by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
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.
Old card tickets, still in use by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
Mr. Adrian's cardboard ticket to Jambusar cost only Rs.10.
The First Class waiting room at Jumbusar platform by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
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. Shukla, guard at Jambusar station
The guard, Mr. Rakesh Shukla, dressed in immaculate whites, worked on broad as well as narrow gauge trains.
Driver Kalpesh Gandhi at the control of the Narrow Gauge diesel Locomotive by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
The train was headed by ZDM 5 No. 537, which was driven by regular narrow gauge driver, Mr. Kalpesh Gandhi.
Young train passengers by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
Two young passengers with their mother try to smile for the camera.
The saloon on which Adrian Shooter travelled by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
The freshly painted bright orange train coaches arrive at the Jambusar railway station at 9.49am.
The view from the rear of the saloon by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
The rear of the saloon offers a desk, a full width rearward window and the best view.
About Mr. Adrian Shooter
Mr. Adrian Shooter began his career as an Engineering Management Trainee with British Rail, in 1970. Mr. Shooter rose to become the Managing Director of Red Star Parcels, a customer facing organisation, in 1987. He was one of five Directors reporting to the Chief Executive of British Railways. From 1993 till his retirement, Mr. Shooter was the Managing Director at Chiltern Railways, and Chairman at Laing Rail Ltd. He even served as UK's representative on the Council of European Railways for five years, alongside CEOs of SNCF (French), DB (Germany) and other European Railways.
Adrian Shooter’s ‘B’ class locomotive on the Beeches Light Railway by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
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.
A view of the B-class locomotive by Adrian ShooterRail Enthusiasts' Society
At the age of 69, Mr. Adrian Shooter is a non-executive chairman of two start up companies in the rail supply industry. Recently, Mr. Shooter has set up a new company, Vivarail Ltd., to create, sell and service low cost trains.
Author: Adrian Shooter