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    Nilgiri Mountain Railway gets a makeover on the lines of UDAY AC double-decker

    The century old technological marvel
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    The century old technological marvel

    Nilgiris, hailed as the ‘Blue Mountains’ draws a large number of tourists from all over the country and even abroad. The ravishing beauty of the magnificent hills, valleys and waterfalls, scenic tea estates, rich flora and fauna and pleasant weather attract heavy inflow of nature enthusiasts and tourists .Nilgiri Mountain Railway, the century old technological marvel is the prized possession of Indian Railways. Rail aficionados from all over the world cherish the dream of travelling in this age old system listed under UNESCO world heritage list.

    Aesthetics of the coach improved
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    Aesthetics of the coach improved

    Southern Railway is endeavouring to upgrade the stations and trains operated in NMR. Golden Rock Workshop has modified NMR-87, a 25 year old NMR coach in line with world-class standards while retaining its heritage value.The aesthetics of the coach is improved by fitting seats akin to those of the newly introduced UDAY AC Double-decker service to enhance the comfort levels.

    NMR coach has been upgraded at a cost of Rs.1.8 lakh
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    NMR coach has been upgraded at a cost of Rs.1.8 lakh

    Themed vinyl wrappings, chairs with reclining feature, LED illumination, two-floor luggage racks, decorative vinyl stickers on the exteriors symbolising the charm of NMR are the new additions to improve the coach ambience. This NMR coach has been upgraded at a cost of Rs.1.8 lakh promising a new experience for tourists.

    Major attraction among tourists
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    Major attraction among tourists

    Short round-trip services are a major draw among tourists who wished to take a quick glimpse of the breath-taking mountains. A revenue of Rs.2.85 lakh was recorded from running 8 such round trips between Udhagamandalam and Ketti.

    15 coaches are getting ready at Integral Coach Factory
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    15 coaches are getting ready at Integral Coach Factory

    In order to increase the services, two additional steam locomotives and 15 coaches are getting ready at Integral Coach Factory. Once the additional rolling stock are received, the steam loco run will be extended upto Ooty which is now only upto Coonoor. Round trips for the tourists visiting Coonoor will also be introduced between Coonoor and Runnymede.

    Upgrading the existing infrastructure
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    Upgrading the existing infrastructure

    Constant efforts are being made to upgrade infrastructure and technology on the mountain railway. Nilgiri Mountain Railway occupies a position of pride and prominence on the vast Indian Railway heritage network.

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