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Delhi Crane Operator

Delhi Depot Crane Operator 1977

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Films of Steam in South Asia

These films show life in the days of steam in South Asia between 1977 and 1985. The films feature some of the last steam operations on Indian Railways (IR) in 1977/78 and 1985 and on Pakistan Railways (PR) in 1981.

All these movies were shot using a semi-professional Super 8 camera.

  Title Summary Places Date of Film Minutes
Jullundur Crowd Station of Life A view of life in December 1977 on an Indian railway station and in a locomotive depot. Jullundur (in Punjab) and Delhi, India 1982 12
WP departs Agra In the Midday Sun The film records human and animal life on Indian railways in early 1978 and 1986. Much of it was filmed during the heat of the day. Agra, Ahmedabad, Baroda (Vadodara), Delhi, Rishikesh 2005 18
  Ascents Filmed in 1978, featuring the Ooty narrow gauge line, Baroda yard and main line (to be finalised) Ootacamund and Baroda, in western and southern India    
SGS passes fruit stall Passing Trains A record of a typical working day on a secondary railway line in North-West Pakistan in 1981. Mardan District between Nowshera and Durgai (in North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan) 2002 10
Piston ring repair Railway Work in Moradabad A view of people at work on maintenance and operations activities on a typical day in and around a large steam locomotive depot in 1986. Moradabad, (in Uttar Pradesh, India) 1994 13

Daybreak on River at Agra

Daybreak on Yamuna River, Agra 1978

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Agra Depot

Morning Scene at Agra Depot 1978

Jullundur Porter

Jullundur Station Porter 1977

SGS approaches

Class SGS approaches near Mardan 1980