Coooooooo, chhuk, chhuk, chhuk chhuk, chhuk chhuk chhuk chhuk, chhuk chhuk chhuk chhuk .......... chhuk chhuk chhuk chhuk.
Sounds familiar. Maybe for the older generation amongst us. The steam engine was phased out of commercial service by the Indian Railways during the 1990's. Now it only finds place on heritage routes or in the museums. In India it has given way to the cleaner and more powerful electric engines drawing traction from high voltage alternating current overhead wires. On routes where there are no overhead wires, a cleaner diesel electric locomotive has replaced the good old steam locomotive that had started dominating the transportation scene over 160 years ago.
There is no reason for the old timers to be disheartened. What we cannot see is the steam and smoke trail the locomotive leaves behind and of course its signature sound of cooooo, chhuk chhuk chhuk. However, the steam locomotive will always remain as an icon of rail transportation everywhere, from road signs to clip arts depicting the railways in India.
The Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway Company Fan Club has started this website with the Chhuk Chhuk Blog. We have drawn the name of this Fan Club from the erstwhile company that started railway transportation in Western India between Mumbai and Gujarat. Today, this has been re-zoned as a part of the Western Railways network. This fan club has been initiated by die hard railway passengers from Surat for whom the railways is the life line. The railways connects the region to the far reaches of the country. However, since more than a century it has connected Surat with Mumbai (then Bombay) and the mainstay of this track, The Flying Ranee continues to run albeit with modern traction as Flying Ranee Super Fast Express. This train will definitely complete a hundred years of operation.
This Blog is a product of nostalgia and we invite all to contribute articles and images for the benefit of those who are nostalgic to dwell on the good old days as well as the younger generation to understand how the railways have evolved to what it is today.