12-09-2017 10:00 AM | Pooja Nevewani | My Indian Dream
Learn more about World's oldest steam engine that completes its sixth heritage run!
On Sunday, world’s oldest steam engine completed its ‘heritage run’ between two railways stations in Chennai.
The train, called ‘The Heritage Special Locomotive EIR-21 ’, ran between Egmore and Kodambakkam railway stations thereby covering two stations in the route. Huge crowd gathered to view its run. This was its sixth heritage run. Its first run took place on 15th August, 2010 as a part of the Independence Day celebrations of that year. It ran between the Chennai Central and Avadi railway stations.
This steam engine was built in 1855 during the British Raj. It was kept on display at the Jamalpur Locomotive Workshop. Later was kept at Howrah Station in West Bengal. It was later, in 1909, withdrawn from service. The locomotive was kept unused due to rusted, broken and missing parts. It was revived and did its first heritage run in 2010.
The locomotive can now adopt new technologies. It has a GPS based speedometer. For the current heritage run, many high officials of the Southern Railways were present.
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