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 Metupalaiyam (near Coimbatore in Tamilnadu, India) and the nearby hill station of Ooty (known officially as Udhagamandalam) hill station.
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 Metupalaiyam .
If you have not booked the ticket, you need to go to Metupalaiyam railway station near Mettupalayam bus stand, in the morning. 80 second class tickets are issued daily at this station. People stand in the queue from 3 am or 4 am on-wards. At 6 am or so, tokens are given to those standing in the queue. Then tickets are issued to those holding tokens.
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 Metupalaiyam to Ooty takes around 290 minutes. The return journey from Ooty to Metupalaiyam takes only 215 minutes.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway Fares
Second sitting fare for an adult from Metupalaiyam to Udagamandalam alias Ooty is INR 145 and the first class fare is INR 470 (including reservation charges). (Revised charges from October 2018 or so. It was 30 and 205 earlier. )
For children aged from 5 years to 11 years, the fare is the same as that of adults.Children below 5 years does not need to buy tickets for train journeys in India.
Fare is the same for the return journey also.
You may book tickets online at irctc.co.in. The railway station code for METUPALAIYAM is MTP and railway station code for Ooty or UDAGAMANDALAM is UAM. Tatkal booking is also allowed.
Ban of Selfies in front of the Heritage Train and the Route
There seems to be a ban on taking selfie standing in front of the moving train in the train route from Mettupalayam to Udagamandalam alias Ooty. You may still take photos. Selfies are causing a lot of accidents. The decision to ban selfies is to prevent such accidents. There is a penalty of Indian rupees 2000 (Two thousand) on anyone taking selfies on this route. Those who try to cross the track when train is nearign the station will be fined rupees 1000.
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