(GMT)12 FEB 2017 SGRAS:
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, it snakes through the jungle!
Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the prominent mountain railways in India having total distance of 46 km. It is a railway in Tamil Nadu, India, built by the British in 1908. The Railway is operated by the Southern Railway and is the only rack railway in India. The railway relies on its fleet of steam locomotives. It has 1000 mm gauge railway connecting Mettupalayam to Ooty, one of the beautiful hill stations in India. For the past several years, NMR has used diesel locomotives instead of steam locomotives on the section between Coonoor and Udhagamandalam. Local people and tourists have led a campaign to return to the use of steam locomotives in this section. The uphill journey takes around 290 minutes (4.8 hours), and the downhill journey takes 215 minutes (3.6 hours). It has the steepest track in Asia with a maximum gradient of 8.33%.Coonoor station was one of two used as locations in David Lean's film A Passage to India.
The railway is also a part of world heritage sites. Besides this, it allows passengers to enjoy best natural scenery along with the wildlife of the Nilgiri Biosphere Nature Park. The first section of the railway was built in 1899 later extended up to Ooty in 1903