Photographer's Note

One day during my journey through southern India in 1973 I took the train to Ooty, one of several "hill stations"; towns founded during colonial days when the administrators needed to escape the lowlands during the hot season. Among the most famous hill stations are Darjeeling in West Bengal and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, both in the Himalayas in the north. In the Nilgiri hills of southern India the most popular place is Ootacamund, popularly known as "Ooty", nowadays called Udagamandalam.

These hill stations seem to have several things in common, apart from a cooler climate and a colonial architecture. The most popular way to reach them is to take the "toy train", old-fashioned coaches pulled by steam engines along narrow gauge tracks. It's a slow and pleasant journey through beautiful sceneries, stopping frequently in small villages.

This was one of these stops, where most passengers got off to stretch their legs. In a workshop is a photo where I pointed my camera up the hillside.

Several years ago Malgo (emka) posted a much better photo from her journey to Ooty.

"Choo Choo" is a childish description of a steam locomotive. The most famous choo choo is no doubt the Chatanooga Choo Choo.

Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides. Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8426 W: 483 N: 16453] (74349)
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