Nilgiris Railways Special Train To Ooty, Photo 1899

Old 1899 photo of Niligiri Railways special train to Ooty or Ootacamund, now Udagamandalam. The second hill railway to be built was the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR). This was after the completion of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in 1891. The journey begins from Mettupalayam station all the way up to Ootacamund.

Dubbed Queen of Hill Stations because of its beautiful settings in the heavily forested Nilgiri mountains. It was a more difficult railway to build than the Darjeeling Himalayan line. Requiring a series of tunnels, viaducts, and bridges to be carved out of the side of a valley. From Mettupalayam to Kallar, the first station, the line runs for the most part skirting several hills on a steep ascent.

Beyond Kallar, the line takes a serpentine course through sloping hills necessitating sharp bends. Between Kallar and Coonoor the rack system is adapted with powerful Swiss-built steam engines to push the train. The scenery is magnificent all the way up to Ooty on the course of 46 km. Shown is the special train halted over the Kallar Bridge. Notable are people standing on top of the two pillars, and also standing near the bottom of one pillar. Click on the photo for better view. 

See earlier post Ooty Train Over The Wellington Viaduct – Old Postcard 1909.

Did you know- over the 46 km between Ooty and Mettupalayam there are 16 tunnels totalling 3090 feet in length. 

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