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Exotic Toy Trains between Ooty - Mettupalayam via Coonoor in Tamilnadu!
  Mettupalayam Udagamandalam (Ooty) Train (Narrow Guage)

 
Highlights:
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NILGIRI RAILWAYS


Ootacamund or Ooty is situated in Nilgiri Mountains near Tri Junction of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. It is one of the most popular hill resorts in southern India at an elevation of 7216 ft. Ootacamund is a corruption of the word "Utaka Mand" a Mand or collection of quaint huts in which the original tribe of "Todas" lived.

Todas antedated all explorers to the Nilgiris by a great margin of time. Mr. John Sullivan discovered Ooty in 1820. He built a permanent house at Nilgiri Hill and this was the beginning. Soon several other British officers built their summer houses. Horses, pony bullock cart and tonga were transportation modes at that time.

First thought of Railway in India was conceived in 1831-33 in Madras Parliament. Later in 1836 Mr.A.P. Cotton, a Civil Engineer of Madras advocated the desirability of Rail road in India. Work commenced on the Madras-Coimbatore line in June 1853. After twenty years in 1873 Podanur Mettupalayam branch line (26 miles) was opened for traffic. Thus Mettupalayam town became the foothill point for ascent towards Ooty.

The proposal for extension for Mettupalayam Branch to Nilgiri was mooted in 1875. Mr. Riggenback, the Swiss inventor of Rigi System of Mountain Railways in 1876 offered to construct Nilgiris Railway on his patented "Rigi" pattern. His conditions were free land, 4% return on estimated cost of pound 4,00,000 and exumption from tax for 10 years etc. This was not accepted by the Government. Another proposal in 1877 was to construct the rail line from Kallar to Lady Canning's seat and another rail line from the head of ropeway to Coonoor. This proposal was considered too hazardous and so dropped.

In 1882 Riggenback came to Nilgiri on an invitation of Government of India and he submitted detailed estimates for a line costing pound 1,32,000. A local company named "The Nilgiri Rigi Railway Co. Ltd" was formed and Government offered it free land. Company insisted for a guarantee of 4% return, which was not accepted & the proposal once again was shelved. In 1885, another in the series, the Nilgiri Railway Co. was formed with a capital of Rs. 25 Lacs and in 1886 work started on Rigi-System in Meter Gauge.

The Mettupalayam-Coonoor section was opened for traffic on 15/6/1899. In January 1903, Indian Government purchased the line and took over the construction of extension from Coonoor to Ooty. Nilgiri Mountain Railway (N.M.R) was worked by the former Madras Railway Co. upto 31st December 1907 on behalf of Government w.e.f. Jan 1908, it was handed over to South Indian Railway (S.I.R). This railway opened the line from Coonoor to Fernhill on 15th September 1908 and upto Ooty, one month later. After Independence, on 14th April 1951 S.I.R. and N.M.R. formed a part of newly constituted Southern Railway.

Tour Introduction
OOTY (Udhagamandalam) - METTUPALAYAM: Travelling at a maximum speed of 33 Km per hour, this 'toy train' to Ooty in Tamilnadu, chugs across plains, plantation and forest clad hills. The 16 tunnels and tall girder bridges on the way, along with the breathtaking view, make this journey to Ooty really memorable. For Ooty, Mettupalayam serves as the railhead for mainline trains. The Nilgiri Railway is a unique feat of Engineering in South.

Train No Train Name Origin Dep. Time Destination Arr Time Days Of Run
M T W T F S S
661 UAM MTP PASSR UDAGAMANDALAM 15:00 COONOOR 16:05 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
667 UAM ONR PASSR UDAGAMANDALAM 09:15 COONOOR 10:25 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Note: Tickets can be booked anywhere in India at a computerised reservation center. You could also check the availability of the seats on the website http://www.southernrailway.org & www.indianrail.gov.in At times, these trains do not run during the monsoon season.

We reiterate, kindly consult the website http://www.southernrailway.org & www.indianrail.gov.in for time table & availability and http://www.irctc.co.in for making the booking using your credit card.

 
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