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Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR, is a heritage railway line which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR is the narrow gauge railway line which connects Mattupalayam Town to Ooty Hill station. It is near to Coimbatore City in Tamilnadu state of India. Steam locomotives are used int his heritage section of Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Diesel locomotives has taken over the steam locomotives position from Coonoor to Udhagamandalam (Ooty) section of this railway network. To maintain the heritage status, manual tickets are issued in the station in this section of NMR (even though computer reservation facility is also available for this route).
You may book your tickets in advance if you are going there as a tourist so that you need not go and stand early in the morning queue. There is First class tickets and second class tickets in this section. Station Code for Mettupalam station is MTP and that of Udhagamandalam (or Ooty as it is popularly known) is UAM.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway along with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Shimla Mountain railway line is part of the “Mountain Railways of India” under the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The tracks at Nilgiri Mountain Railway is 1000 mm wide and is isolated from other similar narrow gauge network. 46 kilo meter long Nilgiri Mountain Railway, uses rack and pinion track. Mettupalayam to Ooty distance of 26 km is having the steepest track in Asia, with the highest gradient of 8.33%, at one point. Going up takes 190 minutes while coming down takes only 215 minutes.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR network has a single train currently in operation which leaves Mettupalam at 7.10 am every day and the return journey from Udhagamandalam starts at 2.00 pm which reaches Mettupalam at 05.35 pm. During the peak summer months of Aprul and May, there may be an extra train on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR network.
Coonoor and Udagamandalam section of Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR has four trains daily.