This railway line is just behind my house in Urban Estate , Phase 1 , Jalandhar City
When I started constructing this house in 1994 trains passing on this line were pulled by steam engines.
The engines moved slowly with great effort. Their laborious huffing and puffing sent very strong vibrations / tremors to my house 's site. These were like a very mild earthquake . I brought this to the notice of my civil engineer and asked him whether we should go for extra strengthening of the house's foundations.
After sometime steam engines were phased out. In place came diesel engines and DEMU s. Tremors disappeared.
Now , by 2022 the track has been electrified . Electric trains / EMU s glide past my house.
The inevitable march of technology.
But I miss the shrill Koo Koo whistle of the steam engines wwhih now have been replaced by bland and unmusical honking of electric horns
. My generation 's childhood memories were associated with these steam whistles- I am Nov. 1959 born.