Aug 23, 2011

The Nilgiris Mountain Rail

The Nilgiris Mountain Rail from Coonoor to Mettupalayam is a charming old one.

It uses the rack and pinion system to chug up the steep gradients of the mountains. Here's a glimpse of the rack in between the rail track... seen in the premises of the Runnymede Guest House, Coonoor which boasts of sprawling tea estates and a portion of this heritage railway track running through its property.


Old wooden sleepers on which the steam locomotives chug along rattling at it's own slow pace, leaving behind clouds of black smoke...


In all its glory, reminding one of bygone days of the British rule in India.


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23 comments:

  1. I love reading about travels,travel channel is my favorite, pics are so great...your first follower:)

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  2. orgot to say, I love your new blog title;)

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  3. अगर ये चैन सिस्टम ना हो तो यहाँ ट्रेन चढ ही ना सके।

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  4. Nice pictures. I had taken the train ride from Ooty till Coonoor once. Had heard that it's even more beautiful beyond Coonoor till Metupalyam. Next time for me...

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  5. nice perspectives and a heavenly place, the train ride still eludes me though!

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  6. Thanks all. The heritage railway is indeed a beautiful one. The Runnymede Guest House is just an okay place, but the rail track running through its tea-garden property is a HUGE plus!

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  7. Oh you know I took this train when I was in School. I remember seeing lantana's all over and sometimes I felt that we could get down and walk with the train. I have fond memories of this trip.

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  8. some superb picts...
    and travelling, like writing can be soul touching...

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  9. I love the edit on your images. I would love to go on a train ride.

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  10. Lovely set of photos. I love that second one!

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  11. Alte Eisenbahnen und Züge sind sehr interessant....ein Fahrt im Zug ist ein Erlebnis....
    LG: Karin

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  12. Really lovely work...
    Have a great weekend!

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  13. WOW- those are incredible!

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  14. Great shots! My fav is the last one - love the perspective!

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  15. simply beautifully captured shots....lovely place to visit!

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  16. So beautiful, Ambika.
    :)

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  17. oh my!! lovely!! what a lovely blog.. Makes me want to start my travel blog again!! :-)

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  18. I have once taken this ride and it was magical!! The tea fields and the clear blue skies just mesmerised me, very well captured shots.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Have a wonderful week ahead:)

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  19. Lovely shots! I love the effect that you have given them. How do you do that, Ambika? Do you use a special software for this?

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  20. hi ambika

    nice post about Mountain Rail

    thanks

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  21. Really nice work i just love the Post and pictures you share..
    Appreciate
    Thanks

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  22. Nice post. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway that chugs at about 10.4 km per hour is made for those who are not in a hurry. Perhaps, the slowest train in the whole of India, it connects Ooty to Mettupalayam, which lies at the foothills of the Nilgiris. It's one of the rare trains which still runs on locomotive engines built by Swiss Locomotive Works. Check out all mountain railways in India also.

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