Trial Run of Nilgiri Mountain Railway Steam Train, 1899 Photo

Old 1899 photo of Nilgiri Mountain Railway steam train’s trial run. This is another of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway’s (NMR) trial run photos. See earlier post Test Run of The Nilgiri Mountain Railway Train, 1899 Photo. This special steam train on the NMR line halts over the Kallar Bridge.

People are noticeably standing on top of the two pillars, and some are seen at the bottom (see 2nd image). After the completion of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in 1891. The second hill railway to be built was the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR). The journey begins from Mettupalayam station and goes all the way up to Ooty or Ootacamund.

Dubbed Queen of Hill Stations because of its beautiful settings in the heavily forested blue mountains. It was a far 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.  Click on the photo for better view. 

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

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