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Kwai Locos

Postby AlbertInFrance » Mon May 25, 2015 2:59 pm

I've just got back from a holiday in Thailand, including a trip on the remaining Thai section of the 'Death Railway' as shown in the Bridge on the River Kwai. I heartily recommend it to anyone travelling that way.

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Quite apart from the historic interest, the whole experience of travelling on a Thai branch line (3rd class only, about 3 trains per day) was fascinating -- first train of the day started 30 minutes late. Of that, more some other time.

I met up with two steam locos. One of which looked extremely weird to my untutored eye. Apparently it's a 'Henschell steam locomotive number 457,built in Germany in 1936. 2-8-2 +2-8-2 wheels. '

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Sorry about the lack of detail -- time was a bit short. The thing that struck me was the way the entire boiler is unsupported except at its extreme ends.
A quick Google turned up this info, but I'm sure there must be more available on line.
http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-german ... 05711.html

The other was a Japanese loco that saw service during the war. It's now parked on an isolated bit of track a few miles beyond the current terminus.

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Re: Kwai Locos

Postby Bufferstop » Mon May 25, 2015 5:18 pm

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The Henschel is built on the Beyer Garrat principal for articulation. British built ones were common on the two foot and three foot six gauge lines in Africa. The Welsh Highland Railway uses repatriated and restored examples on two foot gauge. No longer are you untutored. :D
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Re: Kwai Locos

Postby AlbertInFrance » Mon May 25, 2015 7:47 pm

Many thanks. Now I'm tutored do I get a certificate? :-)
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Re: Kwai Locos

Postby Lysander » Mon May 25, 2015 8:15 pm

Was the Garrat near the station in Kanchanaburi ? I saw one there but was not able to return to photograph it.

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Re: Kwai Locos

Postby AlbertInFrance » Mon May 25, 2015 9:51 pm

Yup! About 100 yards in front of the entrance.
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