Slow Train Coming  嘟嘟嘟!大吉嶺蒸氣火車來囉!

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2015/12/08 第224期 訂閱/退訂看歷史報份直接訂閱

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Slow Train Coming  嘟嘟嘟!大吉嶺蒸氣火車來囉!

  Most travelers just want to get from point A to point B as quickly and conveniently as possible. Sometimes, however, it is nice to slow down a bit and enjoy the ride. In India, there is no better way to do so than to take a trip on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
  The railway is actually a very short one, running only 78 kilometers from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. Since its completion in 1881, the line has run from a height of 100 meters to around 2,200 meters, high up into the Himalayan Mountains. Vintage British steam locomotives take tourists to Ghum, once the highest railway station in the world. At Ghum, especially on clear days, it is possible to catch sight of the peak of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world. In order to reach such heights, trains must travel through several incredible spirals and hairpin loops.
  The unique railway has inspired television producers and film directors to use it in their productions, with the most recent being Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. Take a trip along its historic track, and chances are you will be truly inspired as well.


 

   大部分的旅客都只想要盡可能迅速且方便地從甲地到達乙地。然而,有時候,稍微放慢步調來享受一趟火車之旅也不錯。在印度,沒有什麼方式比藉著在大吉嶺喜馬拉雅鐵路上旅行來達成這樣的目地更好的了。
  這條鐵路其實很短,從新賈培古里到大吉嶺只有七十八公里長。從它 1881 年完工以後,這條路線從一百公尺的高度一路向上攀升到喜瑪拉雅山脈上約兩千兩百公尺高的地方。老式英國蒸汽火車頭將遊客載往曾是世上最高火車站的 Ghum 站。在 Ghum,特別是在晴朗的日子裡,有可能可以一瞥世界第三高峰干城章嘉峰的山頂。為了爬到這種高度,火車必須通過幾個不可思議的螺旋線和 U 字形環線。
  這條獨特的鐵路已給了電視製作人和電影導演創作靈感來將它用在他們的作品裡,包括最接近現在上映由魏斯•安德森導演的電影《大吉嶺有限公司》。沿著這條有歷史意義的鐵軌旅行的話,你也很有可能真的會得到創作靈感喔。

 
  1. conveniently adv. 便利地,方便地
    The restaurant is conveniently located near a subway station.
    這家餐廳就在一個地鐵站附近,很方便。
  2. completion n. 完工,完成
    The Wangs threw a party to celebrate the completion of their new house.
    王家人辦了一場派對來慶祝他們的新屋落成。
  3. a height of + 數字 + 單位  ……高度
    The plane flew at a height of 5,000 meters.
    這架飛機在五千公尺高空飛行。
  4. peak n. 山頂,山峰
    The mountain peak was covered with snow.
    那座山峰被雪覆蓋住了。
  5. inspire vt. 給(某人)創作靈感,啟發
    The movie was inspired by a real event.
    這部電影的創作靈感是來自於一個真實事件。
  6. recent a. 最近的,近來的
    The relations between the two countries have improved in recent years.
    這兩國的關係最近幾年有了改善。
  7. historic a. 歷史性的,有重大歷史意義的
    The fall of the Berlin Wall was a historic moment.
    柏林圍牆的倒下是歷史性的一刻。
  8. chances are (that)…  很有可能……
    Chances are that I will see Dale this weekend.
    這週末我可能見得到戴爾。
  1. iconic a. 指標性的,代表性的
  2. locomotive n. 火車頭
  3. spiral n. 螺旋線
  4. hairpin a. U 字型的 n. 髮夾
  5. loop n.(鐵路)會車線,環線

sight 的相關用法
本文 "At Ghum, especially on clear days, it is possible to catch sight of the peak of Mount Kanchenjunga, …" 中的 catch sight of… 表『短暫地看到……』,而其中的名詞 sight 表『景象』。sight 也可表『看到,看見』,相關片語如:love at first sight(一見鍾情)及 in / within sight(看得見,在視線內)。例:

Liam caught sight of the plane just before it flew out of sight.
(連恩在飛機正要飛離他的視線前有看到它一下。)
When Jack and Rose met at a dance party, it was love at first sight.
(傑克和蘿絲在舞會上相遇時,他們兩便一見鍾情。)
After walking for a few hours, our destination was finally within sight.
(走了幾小時的路後,我們終於看到目的地了。)

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