Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The railways will run a steam engine run tourist train between Delhi and Alwar. This will be hauled by 48 year old “Akbar” which was shown in famous film ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’.
The inaugural run of the train will be tomorrow October 26 and it will be a two day excursion which includes a visit to the Sariska National Park near Alwar. The 138 km long journey in the chugging smoke belching train would prove a nostalgic travel in the steam engine era.
The railways with the Rajasthan Tourism have planned to have this two coach train from Delhi every second and fourth Saturday. It will return next day, Sunday.
The 48 year-old steam engine ‘Akbar’ which will haul this train is one of the last surviving vintage steam locomotives and was manufactured at Chittranjan Locomotive Works. The loco has been named after the great Mughal emperor Akbar.
The engine was recently in news with its use in the famous film ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’ – A film portraying famous Indian runner, Milkha Singh. The steam engine hauled train takes traveller to nostalgic scenario of rhythmic chugging and whistling in the form of quintessential chhuk-chhuk and synchronised throw of black smoke from steam loco. Rewari Steam Locomotive heritage shed of the Northern Railway is the home of this Loco.
This Pacific class of Broad Gauge loco is capable of speeds up to 110 kmph and used to haul prestigious express trains. After remaining many years out of service, ‘Akbar’ Loco was restored, overhauled and reclaimed in full working condition at the Amritsar workshop of Northern Railway in October 2012. Amritsar Workshop has acquired distinction of being the only workshop of Indian Railway which is rehabilitating ‘steam’ locos and carrying out Periodic Overhaul of these locos.
The two day trip will cost Rs 12375 including Sariska trip. One way journey will have a ticket of Rs 8965, according to a release issued by the Railways.
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