THE GREAT INDIAN RAILWAY ROMANCE. Vol 3, No. 1, Monday,9th October, 2017.(Bombay Railway & History Group )

Now in its 3rd Year!

Who let the train’s out? —India gets more and more trains

Looking beyond Mumbai where protests continued following the stampede, leading to politics and rallies, the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai rolled out its first completely indigenously made Linke Hofmann-Busch-type rail car on October 5, a complete transfer of technology I must say since it was first introduced in 1995. Indian Railways have now taken a policy decision to go with this technology for trains of all classes, given their safety aspect and riding comfort. The actual name Linke-Hofmann-Busch became defunct in 2009 when it became Alstom Transport Germany GmbH.

(LHB Railcar)

Among other things were the runs of two new Metro lines, one in Kochi and another in Nagpur. It was on October 3 that the second reach of Kochi Metro from Palarivattom to Maharaja’s College ground was inaugurated. The first stretch between Aluva to Palarivattom covering 13.26 km was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 17, for which the foundation was laid on September 13, 2012 by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. With the second stretch getting operational, the Kochi Metro’s phase one is complete and now covers 18 kms from Aluva to Maharaja’s College station. The second phase is expected to be ready in another three years’ time. On September 30, another Metro train, this time in Nagpur ran successful on its trials. The colour chosen is orange as Nagpur is also called city of oranges for being a major trade center of oranges. The trains have been leased from Hyderabad Metro. Nagpur Metro Rail Project consist of 38.215 Km metro rail corridor, 37 stations and 2 Depots. The entire stretch will be divided into two alignments.

Kochi Metro (left) and Nagpur Metro.


Engineering professor who taught India’s public services

Professor William Cawthorne Unwin (1838-1933), civil and mechanical engineer, born at Great Coggeshall, Essex, on 12 December 1838, the eldest son of William Jordan Unwin (1811–1877), pastor of the Congregational chapel at Woodbridge, Suffolk, and later principal of the Congregational theological college at Homerton, and his wife, Eliza Davey (d. 1872), daughter of J. Bailey Tailer, of Woodbridge.

He attended the City of London School (1848–54) and studied science for a year at New College, St John’s Wood, London, passing the London matriculation examination in 1855 with honours in chemistry, and after study in the evenings he graduated with a BSc (London) in 1861.

In 1856, by personal introduction, Unwin obtained his first appointment as scientific assistant in Manchester to William Fairbairn. In 1862 Unwin became works manager to Williamson Brothers. In 1866 he returned to Manchester as manager of the engine department of the Fairbairn Engineering Co.

In 1872, he was appointed Professor of Hydraulics and Mechanical Engineering in the Royal Indian Engineering College, at Coopers Hill, which had been established by the Government in the previous year for the purpose of training engineers for the public services in India. There he remained for 12 years, during which he carried out much original work, wrote numerous Papers, and produced a book on wrought-iron bridges and roofs, his well-known textbook on machine design, and the remarkable article on hydraulics, forming Part III of the article “Hydromechanics” in the ninth edition of the “Encyclopedia Britannica.” Much of this article was afterwards embodied in the “Treatise on Hydraulics” which he published in 1907. Whilst at Coopers Hill, also, he made a detailed investigation of the tidal flow of the River Thames, and gave evidence before Lord Bramwell’s Committee.

In 1884 the Central Institution of the City and Guilds of London was being completed and Unwin was appointed professor of civil and mechanical engineering. He served as dean of the college from 1885 to 1896 and again from 1902 to 1904. When the college was incorporated into London University in 1900 he became the first London University professor of engineering and was a leader in the advancement of engineering education and training.

At the same time Unwin took a prominent part from 1890 in the introduction and application of the internal combustion engine. His 1897 report on the diesel engine was an accurate forecast of its development. By 1915, he was the president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the first recipient of the Kelvin Medal in 1921. He died unmarried, at his home, 7 Palace Gate Mansions, 29 Palace Gate, Kensington, London, on 17 March 1933.


Fourteen exclusive rides on India’s Steam Railways
The Steam Express has a 60-seater air-conditioned chair car specially designed with a large glass window from where you can have a frontal view of the Locomotive. As an added attraction, the coach has a beautiful lounge in the front, which provides a scenic view of the countryside. A visit to the Heritage Steam Shed at Rewari is the added attraction, which will add to the personal touch. The 60 select guests will certainly go back with fond memories of a once-in-a lifetime experience. Go ahead and book your journey back into time. Details and booking here: