Indian Hill Railways

Culture, History Documentary hosted by Bernard Hill and published by BBC in 2010 – English narration


Indian Hill Railways
From the Himalayas in the north to the Nilgiris in the south – for a hundred years these little trains have climbed through the clouds and into the wonderful world of Indian Hill Railways.

1)  Darjeeling Himalayan
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a line so close to the people that it flows like a river through their lives. But the relationship between the train and the people is changing as a new generation of Gurkhas populates these hills – demanding an independent state and fighting for a new identity, as they set out on a journey into the modern Indian world.

2)  Nilgiri Mountain
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a romantic line, popular with honeymooners and driven by love and devotion as well as steam. It chugs through the south Indian jungle up to a hill station, once known as Snooty Ooty. The current guard is Ivan. Married for twenty years, he is concerned about his friend Jenni, the ticket inspector, because he’s still a bachelor. But Jenni has a secret. In the engine shed, Shivani, the railway’s first woman diesel engineer is working on a steam loco. She has got to make it look its best, as this year the railway celebrates its centenary and the high point is the Black Beauty competition to pick the best engine on the line. But rains and landslides threaten the proceedings and the tourist business. Will love win out in the end?

3)  Kalka Shimla
Shimla was once the summer capital of the Raj. They built churches, schools, a town hall and the railway and left behind their symbols of empire and an ethos of duty, loyalty and ambition. But they also left a divided subcontinent. Characters featured include Maqsood, a refugee and a porter from Kashmir, and John Whitmarsh-Knight, a teacher looking for a home. Sanjay the station master is hoping for promotion and his boss Bataljit is waiting for a transfer. But everybody is waiting for the snow.

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