SMITH, J. Burlington, [photographer]. The Darjeeling Moutain Railway. Middlesborough, Hood & Co. [c. 1912].
Oblong 12mo (postcard size), Original mauve illustrated card wrapper; pp. 30 [2, avertisement]; a lovely copy.
A fine little booklet by the Darjeeling-based photographer describing and illustrating the spectacular railway, with some good Himalayan images. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway had been built between 1879 and 1881. This railway is one of the last still functioning narrow-gauge colonial railways. The line is still in use and steam trains are running for tourists. It was originally conceived for the transport of tea from the plantations and on the way up the hills, to get tourists up the hills to enjoy the fresh air in combination with a cuppa.