Nilgiri Mountain Railway Train Route:
Nilgiri Mountain Railway Train Services:
One toy train operates along the Nilgiri Mountain Railway from Metupalaiyam to Ooty. The engine is an 'X' Class steam locomotive, made in Switzerland. It pulls quaint blue and cream wooden carriages with large windows. The engine is commonly changed for a diesel powered one at Coonoor, to provide greater traction for the steep climb up to Ooty.
Both first class and second class seating are offered on the toy train, and it's worth buying a first class ticket to have a more peaceful journey away from the crowds.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway Train Timetable:
There's only one toy train departure daily. It leaves Metupalaiyam at 7.10 a.m, and arrives in Ooty at noon. Coming back, the train leaves Ooty at 3 p.m. and reaches Metupalaiyam at 6.35 p.m. The train is scheduled to connect to the Nilgiri Express, which travels from Chennai to Metupalaiyam.
An additional toy train service does run during the peak summer tourist season in April and May. It usually starts from Metupalaiyam at 9.30 a.m. More frequent passenger train services also run from Coonoor to Ooty.
The area receives rain from both the south-west and north-east monsoons, and this sometimes disrupts train services.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway Cost:
Nilgiri Mountain Railway Reservations:
Here's how to make a reservation on the Indian Railways website. The station code for Metupalaiyam is MTP, and Udagamandalam (Ooty) UAM. The train number is 56136.