Friday, January 27, 2012

157 years old and still chugging steady

CHENNAI: It may be 157 years old, but it is still the darling of Chennai as people jostled with one another to have a glimpse of the oldest steam locomotive in the world as it embarked on its third heritage journey to mark India’s 63rd Republic day.
It was a festive atmosphere at platform number four with policemen trying to keep away the crowd as VIPs tried to squeeze in to enjoy the 10-km journey from Egmore to Guindy.
The locomotive East Indian Railways (EIR) 21, created by Kitson Thomson and Hewitson of England in 1855, was attached to a 25-year-old compartment that also completed its shelf life in 2010 and was converted into a heritage special. Continued

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