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he has hitherto crossed draining into the Arabian Sea.
298 m. Gulistan sta. In the infancy of these lines a short surface railway was laid from here towards the Gwaja Pass, an alternative route to Kandahar. It is not now used, the main line turning due N. to 306 m. Killa Abdulla (R.) 316 m. Shela Bagh is at the foot of the Kojak Pass, and near the S. E. end of the tunnel passing under the Kwaja j Amran Mountains. This tunnel is 2| |
m. long. Passing through it we reach the present ending of the line at
335 m. Chaman sta., where there is a small military outpost.
The Kojak Pass is surmounted by a fine military road, and those who have the opportunity should ascend it (7500 ft.) to see the magnificent view, W. over the Kadomi Plain, and N. beyond Kandahar, which is hidden by intervening hills.
When the line is continued to Kandahar it will necessarily make a long bend to the N. to obtain length for the
descent into the Kadanai Valley, which lies far below Chaman, and the distance to Kandahar will be about 85 m.
The traveller must now retrace his steps to Bostan junc., and is advised to return to Sind by the Quetta Loop Line, which traverses the Bolan Pass. The railway line from Bostan to the Bolan traverses the Quetta Valley, which is fertile and populous. It has been administered by British officers ! since 1877. Passing 7 m. Kuchlak, | and 13 m. Beleli we reach
21 m. Quetta sta. * (R. ), D. B. It is so called by the Afghans, but is designated by the Brahuis, the people of the countryA Shal. It is situated at the N. end oi the Shal Valley, and is very conveniently placed as regards Khelat, from which it is distant 103 m. N. The town is surrounded by a mud wall, and has two gates, one to the E. and another to the S., which latter is called the Shikarpuri Gate. KE. stands the Mir* or Fort, a former residence of the Khan of Khelat, from which there is a very extensive view of the neighbouring
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