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.