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Nilgiri Mountain Ranges

Southern India


Fondly known as Toy-Train the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the last coal-powered Cogwheeled Steam Railways of the world. To escape the harsh climate and tedious passages of Indian terrain it was Built by the British in 1908. The 46.6-kilometre line from Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam is renowned for its ‘rack and pinion’ mechanism that drives the train up the steep gradient of the Coonoor ghat; it is among the three mountain railways that still run in the country. More than 125-year-old Nilgiri Mountain railway (NMR) Line is an engineering marvel and one of the primary drivers of tourism in the picturesque hills of Nilgiris & lush forests of Western Ghats.

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