One of the nostalgic experiences for anyone visiting Ooty (also called Uthagamandalam / Ootacamund) is a ride on the Mountain Rail from Mettupalayam to Ooty (Especially upto Coonoor on the steam engine train). The “Toy Train” as it is called by some people is one of the characteristic features of the Nilgiris and for a tourist it is a very romantic experience and is very popular especially with honeymooners. It has the steepest climb (1 in 12 gradient) and with its special ‘Rack and Pinion’ tracks the train snakes its way through the jungle to Ooty via Coonoor. Built by the British in 1908, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway has been added by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and celebrated its 100th birthday a few years ago.
Being born and brought up in the Nilgiris the nostalgia I feel about the train is very different from that of a tourist visiting Ooty. I have very fond memories of the many journeys I undertook on this beautiful train or just being able to see this beauty pass by every now and then through the tunnel and the station at Lovedale and other places. This documentary brought back pleasant memories of my days in the Nilgiris. Thanks to BBC for making such a fantastic Documentary.