Gallery 1011 - Narrow Gauge from Kohat to Thal

The railways in Pakistan were built by the British during their years of control. Surviving after partition Pakistan Railways were formed collecting most of the railway assets in their territory. The narrow gauge railways were built where the terrain or traffic did not warrant the high cost of wider gauge railways. The line from Kohat to Thal was one such branchline still seeing a basic service as late as the early 1990's. This visit was made in February 1989 and the images document a morning journey from Kohat (where connections to the main line were possible) to Thal where a fairly large community lived surrounded by mountainous and somewhat arid territory that continued west into Afghanistan.

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