Railways

Full steam ahead for heritage train tourism


DELHI
Just two days before the Railways announced the High Speed Rail Corporation to bring high-speed trains to the country, a black, monstrous steam engine was being readied at the Delhi Cantonment station on October 26, marking the return of a vintage classic in the era of bullet trains.

After over eight hours of a gruelling “warm-up session”, the whistle blew, a few puffs of smoke hissed out of the smokestack and the steam locomotive picked up speed. It tooted again, proudly signaling the successful re-run of one of the last surviving steam engines in the country, aptly named ‘Akbar’ after the 16th-century Mughal emperor.

The opportunity of featuring in several Bollywood movies, including the recent Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, is just one of the many roles Akbar is going to play.

Full report here Financial Express

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