Samasata locomotive shed, Pakistan, 20/12/1993
Photographs at Samasata locomotive shed, north east of Karachi. The track is broad gauge, 5ft 6ins (1,676mm), and this area was known for its use of the CWD class 2-8-2 locomotives.
The tour group’s railway carriages were attached to an “express” train to travel north through Pakistan. During a lengthy stop by this train at Samasata the opportunity was taken for a hasty visit to the locomotive shed to view any CWDs there.
1-of-3) Broad gauge, oil fired, locomotives at Samasata locomotive shed, Pakistan, 20th December 1993.
On the left is class HGS 2-8-0 2249 (built by Kitson, 1919/20) and on the right class CWD 2-8-2 5098 (built by the Canadian Locomotive Company, in 1945).
2-of-3) Broad gauge, oil fired, class CWD 2-8-2 locomotives at Samasata locomotive shed.
These locomotives were built for the upsurge in traffic during WWII. Since British builders were fully occupied these were manufactured in Canada, with final assembly taking place in India (before the partition of Pakistan and India). No. 5527 was manufactured by Montreal Locomotive Works, Canada, in 1944.
3-of-3) Broad gauge, oil fired, class CWD 2-8-2 locomotives at Samasata locomotive shed, Pakistan, 20th December 1993.
On the right, no. 5690 was built by Montreal Locomotive Works, Canada, in 1945. Here it is under maintenance with the driving wheels removed, revealing the bar-frames typical of North American practice.
On the left is no. 5170, built by the Canadian Locomotive Company in 1945.
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