Samastipur

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Samastipur (and onwards), India, 29/12/1993

Photographs of locomotives at Samastipur locomotive shed and trains at Samastipur Junction station and a couple of other stations, north India.

The group arrived in Muzzaffarpur where a visit to another sugar mill nearby had not been possible.  So instead, some went into town to have a look around and see what there was to buy.  However, the real railway enthusiasts caught a local train to Samastipur where there was a locomotive shed still servicing steam locomotives.

The locomotive shed at Samastipur was for the metre gauge and was active with classes YP 4-6-2 and YG 2-8-2 locomotives present.  Samastipur Junction station had both metre gauge and broad gauge tracks, with steam seen on the metre gauge and diesel on the broad gauge.

Steam locomotives in Samastipur locomotive shed

Metre gauge steam locomotives under repair in Samastipur locomotive shed.

Metre gauge class YP 4-6-2 2382 under repair in Samastipur locomotive shed

Metre gauge class YP 4-6-2 2382 under repair in Samastipur locomotive shed.

Metre gauge steam locomotives being serviced in Samastipur locomotive shed

Metre gauge steam locomotives being serviced in Samastipur locomotive shed.

Metre gauge steam locomotives by the ash pits at Samastipur locomotive shed

By the ash pits.

Metre gauge class YP 4-6-2 steam locomotive at Samastipur locomotive shed, India, 29th December 1993

Class YP 4-6-2.

Class YP 4-6-2 with driving wheels removed, showing the bar frames

Class YP 4-6-2 with driving wheels removed, showing the bar frames.

Steam crane used for coaling locomotives

Steam crane used for coaling locomotives.

Labourers and steam crane coaling locomotives

Labourers and steam crane coaling locomotives.

YG 2-8-2 no. 4334, Samastipur

YG 2-8-2 no. 4334.

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YG 2-8-2 on a long passenger train.

Broad gauge diesels WDM1 and WDM2 on passenger train

Broad gauge diesels WDM1 and WDM2 on passenger train.

YG 2-8-2 shunts carriages at Samastipur

YG 2-8-2 shunting carriages.

Metre gauge YG 2-8-2 locomotives, Samastipur

YG 2-8-2 on passenger passing similar locomotive shunting carriages.

YG 2-8-2 departs Samastipur Junction on a passenger train

YG 2-8-2 departs on a passenger train.

YG 2-8-2 and local women on the tracks, , Samastipur, India

YG 2-8-2 and local women on the tracks.

YP 4-6-2 steam locomotive, Samastipur, India

YP 4-6-2.

Women coal gatherers and YG 2-8-2 steam locomotive

Women coal gatherers and YG 2-8-2.

YP 4-6-2 on a passenger train at Samstipur Junction station

YP 4-6-2 on a passenger train.

YP 4-6-2 on a passenger train departing from Samstipur Junction station

YP 4-6-2 on a passenger train.

Muzaffarpur

Those who had visited Samastipur returned by train to Muzaffarpur to rejoin the rest of the tour group and catch the overnight train towards New Jalpaiguri and the Darjheeling Himalaya Railway.

WDM2 Co-Co diesel locomotives, Muzaffarpur, India

WDM2 Co-Co diesel locomotives at Muzaffarpur station.

Mansi Junction

On the journey to New Jalpaiguri the group’s train stopped for a while at Mansi Junction, where there was a very crowded train hauled by a metre gauge YP 4-6-2 stopped alongside.

YP 4-6-2 on a passenger train at Mansi Junction.

YP 4-6-2 on a passenger train at Mansi Junction station.