This is the Coonoor Railway Station
This is the queue to board the heritage Nilgiris Mountain Railway at the Coonoor Station
This is just not done in India - except, perhaps, in Coonoor. Queuing-up to board the train. Unless, ofcourse, you are travelling first.
This was the most sought after photo op spot - where the guard stands at the head of the train
Take your seat before the guard decides to signal the commencement of the one hour trip from Coonoor to Ooty (Udhagamandalam for those who can manage this tongue twister). The guard stands here waving a red or green flag to the locomotive driver - the locomotive pushes the train up from behind. The locomotive driver has to be alert for any red flags from the guard. The locomotive driver cannot see the track and what's ahead. He is completely dependant on the guard to navigate the train.
The Coonoor signal cabin. No different from the signal cabin of any other railway station
First, the push back to change the track. The train then moves forward after being put on the right track
The toy train moves through a quaint and green topography
Approaching Wellington station
The lonely Wellington station. The train picked up the lone family waiting to board
It chugs to Ooty through twist, turns and curves
Over an aqueduct...
... which the passengers hoped was strong enough...
This one was destroyed by a mudslide a few months back. The train crawled over this under-repair structure
Through a natural narrow passage...
.... and Eucalyptus plantations
The green tea gardens signifying that Ooty was close. Nearing the end of the trip
Passengers taking the return trip have 30 minutes to buy the ticket for the return trip. Only one way tickets are issued at Coonoor and Ooty. There's a long queue to buy the return ticket. 30 minutes is just about adequate for the job. And, of course, you cannot pay with MasterCard!