Nilgiri Railway Locomotive

Nilgiri Railway Locomotive

 

We had travelled from Ooty to Coonoor where the diesel locomotive was exchanged for steam and as the train reversed into the platform we drew alongside the engine sidings where our steam loco was waiting.

These engines were introduced in 1914, but this loco, number 37386 was built in 1920. I believe that four new engines to the same design have been completed recently. This one was built by the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works, Winterthur, Switzerland. They are 0-8-2T rack and pinion compound locomotives and they are used on the steepest section of the line below Coonoor where the gradient can be as steep as 1 in 12.5. The track gauge is 1 metre and this particular engine has been converted from coal to oil firing.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Nilgiri Railway Locomotive

  1. Ooty – no question our favourite “get away from the Cochin heat” location here for the past 13 years. It is such a lovely place and the staff at the TAJ look after us so well – real pampering. My husbands favourite past-time in the evening is looking after the glowing fire in our bungalow. I enjoy the occasional journey on the ‘toy-train’, sitting right behind (or even sometimes next to…) the ‘driver’ taking my pictures.After a gap of nearly six months, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) train, a big hit with tourists, resumed its operations to the famouos hill resort town of Udhagamandalam (Ooty) in Tamil Nadu in 2010.

    The train services between Mettupalayam in the plains and Ooty remained suspended after the nearly 47-km long track traversing through the picturesque valleys and hills suffered extensive damage due to heavy monsoon rains and landslides in the first week of November last year.

    A journey through the NMR, a UNESCO heritage facility, offers tourists spectacular views of the pristine Nilgiri Hills as it chugs on at a low speed. The famous ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ song in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Dil Se’ was shot on the rooftop of the train and frequently, when there are many Indians in our compartment, everybody starts singing this super song – me too 🙂 of course.

    It took about 170 days for the restoration of the track.
    Thanks for reminding me of these happy times.

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