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Coal-fired locomotive yet to hit the tracks of Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The only surviving old coal-fired loco, which was brought to Coonoor loco shed for maintenance last February, is simply stationed there even after it has been readied for operation.Loco No.X-37384 is the only surviving coal-fired steam locomotive in the world and is in working condition. All other steam locomotives in the NMR section are oil-fired. The coal-fired loco (Swiss Class X) made in 1918 was earlier officially declared as decommissioned by the Salem division of Southern Railways.The loco was brought to Coonoor from Mettupalayam on February 17, 2017.

The very next day, it was shifted to Ooty railway station to be displayed at the station as a heritage ornamental piece.TOI reported on February 28 about the working condition of the 99-year old Swiss loco. The report made the railway officials take a decision to run the loco on charter for tourists. The loco was brought back to Coonoor shed for maintenance. Harishankar Varma, Divisional Railway Manager, Salem Division/Southern Railway, told “Yes.  He added, “Many tourists and NMR lovers are waiting for its early chugging on the NMR track, at least as photo charter.” According to him, most of the tourists, especially foreigners, are keen on experiencing a coal-fired loco chug. Udhagamandalam: The only surviving old coal-fired loco, which was brought to Coonoor loco shed for maintenance last February, is simply stationed there even after it has been readied for operation.Loco No.X-37384 is the only surviving coal-fired steam locomotive in the world and is in working condition. The loco was brought back to Coonoor shed for maintenance. Harishankar Varma, told “Yes. But it is simply lying at the loco shed in Coonoor.”

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