Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR

Nilgiri Mountain Railway, NMR.  is having the steepest track in Asia. this railway line was built in the early part of last century by the British. Nilgiri Mountain Railway is the railway system between Mettupalam (near Coimbatore in Tamilnadu, India) and the near by hill staion of Ooty (known officially as Udhagamandalam) hill station.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR Nilgiri Mountain Train

The track is 1000 mm wide and is different from meter gauge and broad gauge system of railway line. Nilgiri Mountain Railway is called “Mountain Railways of India” along with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR  is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Being a heritage site, stations on this route use manual tickets; even though computerized tickets are issued through the Indian railways ticket booking website, irctc.co.in. It is advisable to book tickets for this train in advance, as this train is crowded during season time and on weekends. The train starts at 07:10 am from Mettupalam (to Udagamandalam alias Ooty) and the return journey starts at 15:00 hours ( 3 pm) from Otty to Mettupalam.

Between Mettupalayam station and Coonoor railway stations, the narrow gauge line uses the Abt rack and pinion system to climb the steep gradient which is unique to the mountain railways.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR train covers a distance of  41.8 kilometers, through 16 tunnels, 208 curves and 250 bridges.

The uphill journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty takes around 290 minutes. The  return journey from Ooty to Mettupalayam takes only 215 minutes.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway Fares

Second sitting fare for an adult from Mettupalam to Udagamandalam alias Ooty is INR 30 and the first class fare is INR 185 (including reservation charges). Children below 5 years does not need to buy tickets for train journeys in India. (Fare is the same for the return journey also)

The railway station code for Mettupalam is MTP and railway station code for Ooty is UAM.

Ooooooooh!, chuk chuk! chuk chuk! chuk chuk! chuk chuk! ….. Welcome to Ooty!

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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