"I wondered if you would be interested in this photo for the next
Newsletter. I took it in Kalka in India, at the railway station which is the
terminus for the narrow-gauge 'Toy Train' that runs up through the hills to
Shimla. It made me feel a bit homesick!"
— Mark Beesley
'HYDRAULIC BUFFERS RANSOMES & RAPIER LTD IPSWICH 1927 ENGLAND'
[The Ransomes Engineering breakaway company of Ransomes & Rapier, founded in
1869, soon made a name for itself that was second to none. In the 1870s it
took a leading part in supplying equipment for the Welsh narrow-gauge slate
railways, and also for similar railways on sugar plantations far across the
sea. Ransomes & Rapier made equipment not only for railways in Britain but
for lines in China, India and other parts of the world; they manufactured
sluices for the Aswan Dam and for other water control schemes, and built the
biggest walking dragline in the world. A testament to their quality and
workmanship is the excellent condition of the Kalka railway buffer housing
kindly sent in by Mark.]