The Nilgiri Mountain Railway – An Epitome of the British Raj

Amidst the Crown rule in India in its pre-independence, Ooty was denoted mainly as a British town. Back in the time of British Raj, Ooty’s remoteness was considered as its charm. However, the hazardous climbing which was quite manageable for officers wasn’t that easy for transporting wives and families. Hence the British decided to build a railway line which would reduce the traveling time. This is how the Madras Presidency’s summer capital, Ooty, eventually got its significance, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.

Whether you live in Coimbatore (or Mettupalayam) or you are planning to visit Ooty in the near future, knowing about the Nilgiri Mountain Railway would make your trip more comfortable and convenient. Hence, here are some whys and wherefores of Nilgiri mountain train.

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway – An Epitome of the British Raj
Nilgiri Mountain Railway by mlcastle under CC BY-SA 2.0

An Introduction to Nilgiri Mountain Railway 

From Mettupalayam to the Udagamandalam, runs the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. It is the only Indian meter gauge railway track. After landing in the ‘queen of hill stations’, if you are planning Ooty to Coonor train for a ride, then your Nilgiri Mountain toy train experience would be amazing. You will have the glimpses of the unknown paths of the dense forest that meets infinity. The toy train Ooty booking procedure would lead you to an outstanding railway experience. You will get to check out the beautiful scenario of the everlasting forest. Booking tickets are as convenient as seamless. According to Nilgiri Mountain Railway timings, they start from 12 p.m. onwards.

The Features 

Talking about the railway, it predominantly utilizes the fleet of ‘X’ Class Steam locomotives manufactured in Switzerland. You will be amazed at the sight when it pulls up carriages with massive windows that are colored cream and bluish hues. After reaching Coonoor, the engine acquires a replacement with a powerful diesel. Next, you will witness two classes when it comes to the seating arrangements. The railway includes both first and second class.

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway – An Epitome of the British Raj
Nilgiri Queen – Nilgiri Mountain Railway consist from Ooty arriving at Mettulapayam Railway Station. by David Brossard  under CC BY-SA 2.0

Why are class 1 tickets recommended?

Recommendations are rife that you get yourself to the first class tickets that’ll lead to a peaceful and a picturesque journey. The first class compartments are less crowded, so you will get to explore a less cramped journey. You will get the best scenery when the Ooty to Coonor train is across the stretch from the Metupalaiyam. Most of the travel enthusiasts love to travel along this particular route. Concerning the comfort of the journey, the class 1tickets is recommended for you. You can go for the toy train Ooty booking ticket fare that is worth 205 bucks for the first class compartments.

The Convenient Train Services

Nilgiri Mountain Railway is operated by only a single toy train from Mettupalayam to the queen of hills, Ooty, with a total of seven stations on the particular route. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway timings include two. The 56136 / Mettupalayam – Ooty MG (Passenger) train departs Mettupalayam at around 7.10 a.m. and arrives at noon in Ooty. On the contrary, the 56137 / Ooty – Mettupalayam MG train leaves (Passenger) at around 2 p.m. and then reaches at 5:35 p.m. in Mettupalayam.

Between Mettupalayam and Coonoor, there’s an operation of ‘Heritage Steam Voyage’ which happens only on Saturdays and Sundays (from March to June). For reservation of Nilgiri Mountain train, you can visit the counters of the computerized reservations of the Indian Railways. Alternatively, for the best experience, you can check out the official website of the Indian Railways. For an advisable affair, book your tickets as far ahead as convincible. Before you proceed, the train fills up in advance during the festive season. So, if you are making up your mind to visit Ooty during Diwali or Christmas, hurry up and book your tickets.

Featured Photo:For a change, Smoke is a treat to watch.. Nilgiri Mountain Railway by K S Naveen under CC BY 2.0

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