The railways are going to introduce a special steam locomotive in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. See the pictures

Indian Railways’ Golden Rock Workshop, which falls under the Southern Railway (SR) division, recently manufactured the first-ever Class X steam locomotive ever pulled in the country. The steam locomotive will be used in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, namely the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR).

The NMR section extends from the Mettupalayam – Udagamandalam (Ooty) ensemble into the Nilgiri Mountains. The Nilgiris offer a visual delight to tourists as they offer breathtaking views throughout the rolling hills and scenic terrain

Meanwhile, the trials of the Class X steam locomotive have been successfully completed at the Golden Rock workshop and further trials will be conducted on the NMR section.

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NMR Steam Locomotive

The Ministry of Railways tweeted from its official Twitter account: “Revisit the age of steam! Golden Rock Workshop, a leading workshop under Indian Railways, has rolled out the first ever indigenous coal-fired steam locomotive – The ‘Black Beauty’ (X-37400) will soon be commissioned on the UNESCO-listed Niligiri Mountain Railway (SR).

According to railway officials, the total length of the steam locomotive is 10,380 mm and the height is 3,420 mm.

Keeping in mind the hilly terrain of Nilgiris, the locomotive is fitted with an adynamic, band and vacuum braking system.

In addition, Golden Rock Workshop has developed an IOT (Internet of Things) based condition monitoring system installed in a 3-tier AC coach currently operating in the Trichy – Howrah Express rake and also in an LHB car Power.

The newly developed epoxy flooring in doors and walkways of ICF coaches, the introduction of standard patches in the longer lower berths of ICF Sleeper coaches, the introduction of PVC coated GI sheet board in the coach NMRs were exposed.

Anticipating huge demand due to the mass production of two-wheelers in the state, the team of GOC Shop Officers and Supervisors modified an NMG coach to accommodate two-wheelers on both decks. To increase productivity and improve manufacturing quality, several gadgets and tools were manufactured in-house, including a universal manipulator for welding all types of wagon frames, scissor lifts and a rotary jig for drilling holes in the central sills of the wagon. These were also presented

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Jose P. Rogers