Teheran's oldest, most decrepit, but most revered railroad is powered by tiny, Belgian-made steam engines of 1887 vintage.
LV Mashin Doody, engine being prepared for journey.
CU. Plaque showing date etc, 1887.
SIDE V.. Of engine Pan up to the driver.
CU slightly opening fire box lid in cabin of engine.
CU Smoke belching from funnel.
SV Engine moves off away from camera (much stem belching from side of engine.)
SV PAN.. Engine moving (train whistle) blows
SV Train coach being pushed sideways towards main line.
STV Ditto pushed onto railway line.
CU Railway workers pushing coach into position.
CU Ditto (worker has great difficulty in joining up coaches.)
CU Old driver looking on (chuckling to himself)
CU Railway worker finisher coupling-up coach.
LV PAN.. Coaches coupled up.
GV PAN.. Down.. showing interior of coaches coupled up.
SV Engine belching very much steam alongside coaches.
CU Engine wheels moving (engine towards coupling to coaches.)
CU Coupling engine to coaches.
LV PAN.. Passengers streaming on platform and onto train.
CU Woman with children (lucky to get seat.)
LV More people trying to get on train.
SV PAN.. Showing packed train and coaches.
CU Engine whistle blows.
LV AND PAN.. Train starts moving out of station.
ANGLE SHOT.. Ditto, passengers waving from train.
SHOT OF ENGINE.. driver in background during journey.
Shot passing along narrow-gauge track.
Shot.. Passengers on train during journey.
CU Man holding child on train.
Travel shot.. Shadow on train, also show someone walking on roof of train.
CU Couplings jostling, and passenger jumps down from roof.
SV Showing some passengers riding on engine.
Shot from train .. showing youths trying to jump on to moving train for free ride.
Shadow shot.. of train and passenger can be seen walking alongside train etc.
Shot.. Passengers riding on train.
SV Train stops, engine pulling up to refill with water.
SCU Fixing narrow pipe to engine.
CU Pouring water from bucket into funnel, into small pump which pumps water to engine.
CU Trickles of water falling into engine tank.
SV More passengers now riding on engine.
Travel shot.. passing through a village.
CU Young passengers jumps from train (query no ticket.)
LV Train steaming towards showing many passengers on roof etc.
LV Approaching another train making a return journey.
SV Youths jump from roof on one train to the other.
SV Train passing,passengers wave etc.
CU Brake being applied.
LV Trains arrives at destination, passengers jump off.
SV PAN DOWN.. Front of engine showing very little steam escaping.
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Background: Teheran's oldest, most decrepit, but most revered railroad is powered by tiny, Belgian-made steam engines of 1887 vintage. The rickety open coaches regularly carry hundreds of citizens from downtown Teheran to suburban Rey, where stands the shrine of Shah Reza, the current ruler's formidable father.
Referred to as the Doody by misty-eyed Iranian train lovers, for the amount of fire and smoke it belches (Boody is smoke). the railway, oldest in Iran and one of the most antique in the world, is officially known as "Chemin do Fer et Tranway en Iran" and Belgian owned.
Tottering along its crooked, narrow-gauge crack, the train carries up to 400 people, some of whom are installed on the roofs of the coaches, at a cost of 2 rials and at the impressive speed of up to 15 miles per hour.
The Mashin Doody organization is only in full business on Friday, the Mohammedan Sunday, when it will run as often as ten times a day.
All along the route passengers swing aboard to hitch a free ride, in spite of vociferous but useless protests from the dapper engineer (who has worked for Mashin Doody for 25 years), the conductor and the occasional policeman who comes along for the ride.
Although voices have been heard for a modernization of the Teheran-Rey railway, they are not likely to be heard. As long as the kerosene-burning engines will run, the revered relic train will survive. And the engine seems good for another 1001 years.....