Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty

When in Ooty, we wanted experience the ride on Nilgiri Mountain Railway. This unique rail line between Mettupalaiyam and Coonoor was planned in 1854, but built and got operated for the first time only in 1899. 



It was operated first by the Madras Railway under an agreement with the Government. After a long period South Indian Railway took over it. This line in 1908 was extended to Ooty from Coonoor.



The train on this track covers a distance of 26 km and in one direction travels through 208 curves, 16 tunnels.



It is one of the 6 Mountain railways of India and operates on single track.



In July 2005, UNESCO declared Nilgiri Mountain Railway as World Heritage Site.

42 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What bright and pretty rail cars :)

Snap said...

I love trains! Fun!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Rajesh
I googled Nigiri Mountain Railway and I can see what a feat it was to build it back in the old days.
It runs through some beautiful country of lush green fields and then rugged mountainous areas.
Great photos!
Shane

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

What a great train! I love these things and would be on it in a minute!

eileeninmd said...

A train ride would be fun. The train are colorful, great post and photos.

Al said...

I love mountain railways - hopefully we'll see some shots of the scenery!

Cindy said...

Glad to hear when a site is declared a heritage and then looked after and kept up. With one rail does that mean one train going one way and the same train goes back?

Marie said...

What an absolute delight! I love trains. It must have been fun for your boys too!

Icy BC said...

I think railway is a fun way to travel.

R Niranjan Das said...

Love this train ride.

ladyfi said...

Lovely, colourful trains!

Fun60 said...

You must have seen some wonderful scenery on the ride.

Birgitta said...

Colorful trains. So nice pictures!

mick said...

Great photos and very interesting to see such an historic rail line.

Leovi said...

Nice, I love these beautiful trains, wonderful colors ... excellent compositions!

Jim said...

Colourful trains.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

is this a commuter train or long haul?

Joyful said...

It is always great to see old trains that are maintained well and still operating. It really adds something special to the tourist experience.

Vasudha Somayaji said...

We are driving next week to OOty. Thanks for showing what to expect...

bettyl-NZ said...

It sounds like you get to see some great things on the train. I travel by train every chance I get.

Donna said...

I love old trains and what a fun ride...that is a lot of curves and tunnels!

psychelyn said...

Interesting information. What I like about trains is that it drives you along the countrysides really close to nature. I always enjoy the scenery plus there is no feeling of rush.

Trubes said...

What an interesting journey that must be, I imagine it could be quite scary in parts with all those bends and tunnels.
I'd love a ride on that,
Best wishes,

Di.x

carol l mckenna said...

Great shots of a very neat and colorful train!

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Roger Owen Green said...

always love the train. very civilized!

ROG, ABCW

Marcy said...

I love old trains too, great pictures!!

O is for oysters

Reader Wil said...

That is a great piece of antiquity.
I love old trains.
Have a great week!
Wil, ABCW Team

Wandering Wren said...

I have been on this Ooty railway - I always love your posts that remind me of my own Indian adventures! We shared a carriage with some gorgeous Indian ladies who squealed and laughed at every turn and tunnel, we took our photo with them afterwards they looked so beautiful in their bright saris!
Wren x

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Sallie (fullTime -life) said...

Colorful train and it sounds like an exciting and scenic ride.

lotusleaf said...

Ooty is my favourite too, but in the Off season!

Mary Cromer said...

I would imagine that was a wonderful outing. I would sure enjoy that ;)

NC Sue said...

Colorful trains - looks like a great way to travel, and you've got some wonderful images there!

maryaustria said...

I also like the colors of the trains ... especially the green one!

Tom said...

What a colorful train! Tom The Backroads Traveller

Jeevan said...

Hope you had the chance boarding this wonderful journey! Great photos Rajesh

theuntourists said...

Would love to have seen some pictures from the journey itself.

Arun Prasadh said...

One of the most beautiful routes

Somali K Chakrabarti said...

Almost similar to the Toy train in Darjeeling.

Uppal said...

Colorful trains. Good captures!

Ami Bhat said...

My daughter totally loved this one. Thanks for sharing

Ami @ http://thrillingtravel.blogspot.in/

Yogi Saraswat said...

This neelgiri mountain train is most slow train in India , am I right Sir ? as you mention in your post !! very selective pictures !!