"Steam Locomotives of the Nilagiris FOR RAIL FANS!" India Things to Do Tip by mallyak
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The most worthwhile thing for a railway buff to do is to visit the Service yard of the steam locomotives.
Steam locomotives have been the motive power here since the inception of the line in 1899. Presently all traffic on the rack section is in the able hands of eight X class locomotives built by SLM of Switzerland.These are compound locomotives having four cylinders instead of the conventional two. The main cylinders use high-pressure steam and drive the wheels of the loco whereas the smaller cylinders using low-pressure steam drive the rack system. The youngest X class loco is over 50 years old and the oldest is 80 years old against the average of 25 years working life of a steam loco.
Mettupalayam yard with Nilgiris as a backdrop.This is the only operative rack rail system in Asia.Portait of an X Class.A steely look...Negociating a viaduct in the midst of thick forest.Thats a lot of steam!!
One needs a permit to Visit and Photpgraph and visit the Yard, however we were lucky to have a very nice station master in charge of the shift who allowed us to visit the yard without these documents which are basically just "Typical indian beaurocracy"
Address: Coonoor Railway station
Directions: AT Coonoor Railway station
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