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Blog Entry# 1926205  
Posted: Jul 11 2016 (13:14)

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Last Response: Jul 11 2016 (20:11)
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Steepest Rail Road in India ?
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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway29%2
Banihal - Baramulla Rail line0%0
Nilgiri Mountain Railway43%3
Kalka Shimla Railway29%2

Jul 11 2016 (20:11)
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Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Mettupalayam on the plains of southern India with Ooty (or Udhagamandalam) in the mountains of the Nilgiris.
The steepest sections of the line are 8.33 %(Ratio 1:12.5), which obviously cannot be covered by a regular adhesion railway. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway therefore uses a rack and pinion system to make its way through the jungle of the Nilgiris.
The 46 km long meter gauge line is fully operational today. Historical steam engines service the line on the rack section between Mettupalayam and Coonoor, where diesel engines then take
the trains to Ooty.
The uphill journey takes about five hours and is very popular with tourists both from India and abroad. Shortly after leaving the station at Mettupalayam, the train makes its way through the jungle on the steep slopes of the Nilgiris. In addition to the average gradient of about 4 % on the rack section, 16 tunnels and 250 bridges were built to traverse the challenging terrain.
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