Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR


Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMRNilgiri Mountain Railway NMR – Photo taken from Wikipedia/wikimedia.

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. 

Take Me Home, Country Roads


Great post on Great depression and the resultant Poverty, Reality show and Iconic photos!


Okie. Hillbilly. Redneck. What do “Migrant Mother” and Shain Gandee have in common? The first is the name of the iconicphotograph that practically stands in for the words “Great Depression.” The second is the name of the young man who recently died shortly after becoming known for participating in the MTV reality show Buckwild. Similarities between the two? Not many—except a persistent interest in gazing at the rural poor.

In 1936, photographer Dorothea Lange stopped at a pea pickers camp in California. She found the pickers suffering from hunger because the crops had frozen and there wasn’t enough work to go around. Many were from the Ozarks and especially Oklahoma—and so “Okies” became a disrespectful term for the desperate Dust Bowl migrants who flooded into California. Lange was working for one of the New Deal agencies designed to relieve the suffering of the Great Depression. Lange’s job was…

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No, Fair Systems are Not Fair




Happiness (Photo credit: baejaar)

No, Fair Systems are Not Fair.

Happiness is a form of wealth. Wealth is not a form of happiness.

Many people think the idea of seeking out only happiness is ridiculous liberalism, and that’s understandable, because after a certain age and set of experiences that is no longer an option. But I’d like to see a generation, just one, which told its children to live their lives seeking happiness, not ephemeral pleasure or money. Just happiness. Somehow, I don’t think they’d have the same problem. Because they wouldn’t go into it believing that things would be easy. But they’d go into life knowing that as hard as things got, they’d be happy at the same time.

At some point in the past you were born, and at some point in the future you’ll die. Living is not obsessing over trivial matters, but meaningfully making up the difference.

Note :Re-blogged from the above link.