The Matheran Light Rail, a World heritage Rail Link

M G Singh By M G Singh, 15th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2tugyttm/
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Matheran light rail connects Neral with Matheran. It's a narrow gauge train line and is a now a world heritage rail.

Origin

Matheran is a small hill station close to Mumbai. At the turn of the last century it had a lot of virgin forest area and a much of the land was owned there by Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy. His son Abdul Husain formulated a plan to construct a narrow gauge rail track from Neral (midway point between Mumbai and Pune). to facilitate ease of travel. The planning of the rail line started from 1900 and construction started in 1904. The line was opened to traffic in 1907 and is recognized as world heritage rail line

Construction

Husain hired as consulting engineer Everard Calthro of Barsi light Railway fame. Everard surveyed the proposed line and recommended a narrow gauge rail line from Neral. The line is 20 km long (12.43 miles) and climbs up the Western Ghats to Matheran
Matheran is a quaint hill station where no cars are allowed; hence the best method to reach Matheran apart from trekking up the hill is to travel by this rail. Earlier steam locomotives were used, but now the train is pulled by Diesel engine manufactured in India. The earlier engines were all imported from England. One of the engines used is on display outside the Mumbai central railway station and is there for all to see.

The Journey

The train takes about an hour and a half going up the hill and is operated throughout the year. However during monsoon period the frequency of the train is cut down. The train presently has 2 classes a first and sitting class.
Travelling by this light rail is a pleasure and an experience to be savored. The train moves slowly and one can get a panoramic view of the hills as it climbs above. The rail line is not as picturesque as the Darjeeling or Simla rail lines, but in its own way it is quaint and lovely

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Matheran Light Rail, Rail, Toy Train

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author avatar Trillionaire
19th Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks.

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Jul 2013 (#)

Nice of you to comment

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