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A Journey in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway

By Akshatha Vinayak

Train journeys are different and exciting. When sitting next to a window and enjoying the fast moving world pass-by is the wonderful part of any train journeys. A little different from the usual railways, the mountain railways are even more interesting. Yes, they go around the hilly terrains by amazing all the passengers. Mountain Railways is one of the must-experiences in India. Today, three mountain railways of India together is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first mountain train (toy train) in India. Later, it was the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and Kalka-Shimla Railways which together got the status of World Heritage Sites.

In this article, let us make a journey through the Nilgiri Mountain Railway which travels through the most amazing destinations of Tamil Nadu. These stations are not only the holiday destinations but also some of the most famous film shooting locations in South India.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway was once a steam locomotive which now is a diesel locomotive. A journey in this toy train will take you around the beautiful locations.

The Inception of the Concept

The Inception of the Concept

Nilgiri Mountain Railway was started by the British in the year 1908.
PC : Premnath Kudva

Routes

Routes

Nilgiri Mountain Railway travels from Mettupalayam to Ooty.
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Passes Via Places

Passes Via Places

Nilgiri Toy Train starts from Mettupalayam then passes via Kallar Station, Adderly Station, Hillgrove Station, Runnyemede Station, Kateri Road Station, Coonoor Station and finally reaches Lovedale to Ooty.
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Distance

Distance

Nilgiri Toy Train covers around 26km in the narrow hilly regions of Tamil Nadu.
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Shooting Locations

Shooting Locations

Coonoor is one of the famous film shooting locations in Tamil Nadu. The Coonoor Railway Station was part of David Lean's 'Passage to India'.
PC : Shrikar Galgali

Chaiyya Chaiyya on NMR

Chaiyya Chaiyya on NMR

The most popular Hindi Song 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' starring Shahrukh Khan and Malaika Khan Arora from the movie Dil se was shot on top of Nilgiri Mountain Train.
PC : Solom99

Steepest Railway Track

Steepest Railway Track

Nilgiri Mountain Railway travels uphill through the steepest railway track.
PC : Shrikar Galgali

World Heritage

World Heritage

Nilgiri Mountain Railways is one of the most popular mountain railways in India.
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