ATP Quiz: Quetta-Chaman Railway

Posted on September 21, 2010
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Several people have correctly guessed the following photo. It is the railway track in Pakistan on Quetta-Chaman section. The exact location is between the stations of Kila Abdullah and Shelabagh on approach to the longest tunnel of Pakistan called the Khojak Tunnel. The photo credits belong to one of our favorite photographers Agha Waseem Ahmed who is indeed a ‘yakta-e-rozgaar’ on Railway photography in Pakistan. In the following I am also sharing 4 more photos by Agha Waseem taken on the same Quetta-Chaman section.

Interestingly, many stations on Quetta-Chaman section have names which seem to come directly out of Persian literature and give a feeling of a lush green area e.g. Bostan, Gulistan, Shelabagh and Chaman. However, as you can see from these photos this area is pretty desolate and barren. Having anything close to a graden or even few green leaves here is a distant dream.

The city of Chaman is famous for its import of fruits from the western neighbor – may be that is why it got its name. Atleast in 1940s there used to be a refrigerated ‘Fruit Train’ from Chaman bringing fresh apples, grapes etc to rest of India.



10 responses to “ATP Quiz: Quetta-Chaman Railway”

  1. Pablo says:

    Could someone who has traveled on this line please give us a description of the train ride and comfort and ease of travel on this. I woudl love to do it if I could.

  2. Muhammad Asif says:

    These photos are beautiful. I request Owais Moughal if he could ask Agha Wasim to post a photo of Khojak Tunnel Approach from Chaman side with Khawaja Imran Range in the background. It will show hundreds of concrete bunkers. These bunkers were built by the Britishers during their rule, against a possible Russian Invasion of the sub continent. These bunkers number over five hundred and are visible from as far as Chaman as pigeon holes.

  3. Qaiser says:

    What a great tourism resource this railway and area could have been if only we got our stupid politics in order

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  5. USMAN says:

    Excellent pictures.

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