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Hoops and Flames!

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In the middle of the night, a train is blaring its horns, announcing its arrival at a wayside station. A man, casually walks across the tracks and takes position on a tiny pedestal. In his hand, a blazing torch and a hoop of wire with a pouch that contains a metallic ball. He then waits for the train to come straight at him.

 

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How all trains were kept apart in the old days, by "token" system.

 

http://shashanka.in/of-hoops-and-flames/

 

 

I hope AU members will enjoy these stunning pictures as much as I did.

 

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Ed.

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Good stuff Eddie, thanks for sharing!

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See how a token exchange is done in this video.

 

 

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Token exchange at Darshana Jn. for the Kolkata bound Dhaka - Kolkata international service as it arrives into Darshana



Darshana is the border station In Bangladesh.

The track that goes off the main line to the right was built after 1947 to reconnect the southern portion of the Jessore - Khulna line which landed in East Pakistan disconnected from the rest of the East Bengal (Pakistan) Railway. There is a station named Darshana Halt on this link line. The main Darshana station is on the line to Kolkata.

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