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Indian Hill Railways [DVD]

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  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WL66JI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,537 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Indian Hill Railways is multilayered and rich in human interest - quietly spellbinding, beautifully made and lovingly told, the lives of its cast of characters chugging along like the train This three-part series explores the changing relationship between the little trains that, for a century, have trundled from the Himalayas in the north, to the Nilgiri s in the south and the people whose lives they have shaped over the decades THE DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY The story of a railway so close to the people that it flows like a river through their lives. It was the very first hill railway in India which for 125 years has ferried passengers on a narrow two foot track. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway Popular with honeymooners, this train is driven by love and devotion - as well as steam. Celebrating its centenary, the train snakes through the South Indian jungle but rains and landslides threaten the proceedings and the tourist business but the devotion of those who work tirelessly to maintain the tracks win out in the end. THE KALKA SHIMLA RAILWAY Shimla was once the summer capital of the Raj. They built churches, schools, a town hall and the railway. They left behind their symbols of empire and an ethos of duty, loyalty and ambition. But they also left a divided India.

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Indian Hill Railways is multilayered and rich in human interest - quietly spellbinding, beautifully made and lovingly told, the lives of its cast of characters chugging along like the train. This three-part series explores the changing relationship between the little trains that, for a century, have trundled from the Himalayas in the north, to the Nilgiri s in the south and the people whose lives they have shaped over the decades THE DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY The story of a railway so close to the people that it flows like a river through their lives. It was the very first hill railway in India which for 125 years has ferried passengers on a narrow two foot track. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway Popular with honeymooners, this train is driven by love and devotion - as well as steam. Celebrating its centenary, the train snakes through the South Indian jungle but rains and landslides threaten the proceedings and the tourist business but the devotion of those who work tirelessly to maintain the tracks win out in the end. THE KALKA SHIMLA RAILWAY Shimla was once the summer capital of the Raj. They built churches, schools, a town hall and the railway. They left behind their symbols of empire and an ethos of duty, loyalty and ambition. But they also left a divided India.


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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Documentaries Should Be 28 Dec 2010
This mini-series about the Indian Hill Railways is without any doubt (in my mind) the best documentary to come from the BBC in a long time. It is, frankly, wonderful. The attention to detail of both the railway itself and the lives of those who work in association is quite spellbinding. This institution is a legacy of the Raj and British imperialism. Yet the programme betrays not an atom of political slant. The British accomplished much. Yet the Indians have also excelled. We are given a surprisingly intimate involvement in both peoples' lives and corporate function. The photography is glorious, from the steamy, noisy workshops to the enchanting vistas of Indian highlands. Just enough detail of every issue from clearing landslides to engagement for marriage draws the viewer in and excites our sympathy. And all the while a great variety of ideally-chosen passages of Indian music emphasise the moods of the times. Editing is moment perfect, voice-over is sympathetic but unpatronising.

Thoroughly recommended and deserving of 6 stars.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
This delightful three-hour DVD introduces us to the quirky, characterful, time-bubble of the railways which run from the Himalayas in the north of India to the Nilgris in the south. These train lines were built a hundred years ago to connect remote mountain regions to the rest of the country, and so for four generations the railway has influenced the working and personal lives of the people of the area. These films perfectly capture the romance of the railway and its practical purpose as Indian evolves into a modern country.

Each programme is an hour long and follows one particular line, introducing us to the people who work on the railway, showing the towns and regions it connects. Along the way it reveals the conflicts caused by scraping a living in a difficult environment - some railways staff have fulfilled a lifetime ambition in gaining permanent employment but the hill railway may be far from their home and family, and they serve for two or three years with little contact, living in `railway towns' which are one of the many remnants of the era of the raj.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is interwoven with the lives of the people around it, but that relationship is always changing. The film shows the new generation of Gurkhas who populate the hills and demand an independent state and a new identity in modern India. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a more romantic line, popular with honeymooners and driven by love and devotion as well as steam. We meet the guard and ticket inspector, and learn how to conduct a long-distance, lifetime love affair. This film also introduces the railway's first woman engineer who normally works on diesel locomotives, but is involved in prepping a steam engine for a special centenary celebration.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving films 9 Sep 2010
By SF
I watched these films when they were on BBC2 earlier this year. They are as much for train enthusiasts as they are for people who enjoy human interest documentaries. I found the fascinating stories of the people whose lives are intrinsically linked to the trains incredibly moving. An extremely interesting and humbling watch.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great DVD for all. 30 Jan 2011
By Michael
This DVD contains three sixty minute films:The darjeeling Himalayer Railway, The Nilgiri Mountain Railway and The Kalka-Shimla Railway.
Whilst a must see for train lovers, it is also beautiful and deeply human, giving an insight into the local villages, the train users and the staff of the railway.
It shows the pride that people have in their railways and the important part that the railway plays in the Indian culture.
This is definately a good buy and is professionally presented and edited.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous way to escape 31 Jan 2011
By Marie
A fantastic way to spend a few hours, watching this amazing documentary.
A fantastic view of the indian people and there dedication to there amazing railways.
Makes me want to pack my job in and go and drive a train in remote India.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Series 5 Oct 2010
I really loved this little series, even if your not into trains, it is still one to buy. Great stories, amazing video quality, fascinating sites throughout. Really is one DVD set you need to see. Great job BBC on this one ;)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful presentation....... 17 May 2011
By BR
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Finally a set of short episodes on the quaint, hill railways run by the Indian Railways. The presentation is usually spot on and made fun watching.

I live in a part of India that is very close to the Shimla hills and have personally travelled on this route several times. After watching this DVD I made it a point to locate Station Master Sanjay Gera's house and seek out his family.

The beauty of these short films can only be appreciated on a large TV - preferably above 46 inches. I made it a point to take this DVD to a Sony Centre and watch the entire DVD on a Sony 55 inch LED display.

If you are interested in trains, love nature and travelling, look no further - this DVD is a must for you. The only grouse I have, is that this set is not available on Blu ray, which would have further enhanced the beauty of the Indian Hill Railways!

Go for it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming series. 10 Nov 2010
This series is full of charm and atmosphere. The people are the "central caracters" and the scenery the magnificent backdrop, with the railways providing the "props".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent collection I have.
Published 5 days ago by Mr.Punn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent series on railways which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list
Published 5 days ago by John Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition. Well worth the purchase
Excellent condition.Well worth the purchase.Very satisfied
Published 25 days ago by Chris Gerstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Hill Railways
Fascinating series loved all three sections & will watch it all again big insight into how people work & cope with their lives.

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Published 1 month ago by Avis Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, been to many of the places that ...
Loved it, been to many of the places that the train journey took me on. Bought DVD so that my children can have a glimpse of the culture, my grandchildren also.
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Banerjee
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly inspiring and moving documentary!
I live in the US so I did not see this on TV. I came across this series by accident on Youtube. This is one of the most moving and inspiring documentaries I've ever seen! Read more
Published 1 month ago by June Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars this series is all good, brings out the human spirit in the indian ...
this series is all good, brings out the human spirit in the indian public and it is the people who bring the trains to life and keep the lines up and running
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Alastair Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian railways in times gone by
Anyone who has a fascination with the Indian railways will absolutely love this film. Amazingly evocative of the time, very funny and poignant .
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Frances E Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Hill Railways
These three films have been shown on BBC4 umpteen times and I was enthralled each time I watched them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Peter Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Indian Hill Railways
Watching one episode on TV prompted me to buy the DVD. I found it interesting and charming and would recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by SL
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