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Nilgiri Mountain Railways
One of the oldest mountain railway in India that was under concern since 1845 but the line was finally opened in 1908 is the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Acclamation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 adds specialty to this Mountain Railway. The train carries multiple number of passengers’ everyday helping in promoting Indian Railway tourism.
The 'Nilgiri Passenger' train covers a distance of 41.8 km, travels through 208 curves, 16 tunnels, and 250 bridges in the Nilgiri Hills of India. Connecting Mettupalayam (1069 ft) to Ooty (7228 ft), the uphill journey takes roughly 4.8 hours, and the downhill journey takes 215 minutes. The main characteristic of this line is its unique rack and pinion system and the unique and complex engines. Issuing old style tickets in a manual way the NMR is maintaining the World Heritage Status.
The perfect method to start your holiday journey in the hills would be to take this little toy train and as the train goes up hill and down valley, through tea estates and tunnels brings more excitement and enjoyment in the heart and minds of the passengers. The brilliant green of the tea bushes, the thundering sound of the waterfalls and the startled cry of the hoopoe creates beautiful scenery amazing the tourists.
One can easily get information about the train schedule of the Nilgiri Mountain Railways through websites online. Nilgiri Toy Train looks fabulous with a hue of blue and cream with wooden coaches easily brining more excitement on any age groups of the tourists. The average speed of 10.4 km per hour enables the passengers to view the scenery and sites by the train very smoothly. It travels the stations several stations like Kallar, Adderly, Hillgrove, Runneymede, Kateri Road, Coonoor , Aruvankadu, Lovedale, Ketti, Wellington and Ooty providing something new experiencing at every station.
So if you want to experience the thrills with this steam locomotive then take a ride on this Nilgiri Mountain Railway right away.