Home  |  Railstuff Productions  |  Catalogue  |  Prices & Delivery  |  Links  |  Our Addresses  |  Feedback

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
AsiaAustralia | Europe | South America | Add Shipping
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
The Ooty Rack

Far less well-known than the Darjeeling railway, the Nilgiri Railway still rates among the world's best train rides. Listed as a World Heritage site in 2005, this metre gauge line was built in 1899. It is India's only rack railway. It is relatively long for a rack line, and runs through very difficult country. The 21km (12.2 mile) Abt rack section,, from Mettupalaiyam to Coonoor, is steam operated. Graded at 1 in 12½, climbs through the rugged "Blue Hills" of Southern India, with stunning views out over the South Indian plains as it rises. Dramatic cliffs and waterfalls are interspersed with tea and coffee plantations producing some of the world's finest brews. There is a daily service to the hill stations of Coonoor and Ootacamund (or Ooty). There are 208 bridges, 16 tunnels and an unusual "half-tunnel".

The massive "X" class 0-8-2RT locomotives, built by Swiss Locomotive Works
(SLM) between 1914 and 1952, have special small low-pressure compound cylinders for the rack drive, working simple on adhesion sections. The rack pistons work at twice the speed of the adhesion ones.

The long-awaited DVD version is 95 minutes long and incorporates material filmed in 1990, 1997, 1999 and 2004. It shows trains operating over the full length of the line, includings sequences from lineside, showing the spectacular scenery, on the train (much of it from the front platform) and on the footplate. The party conducting the UNESCO World Heritage inspection in 2004 is shown at work.

Maps, stills, diagrams.
                 
95 m
 
34.95
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
If you are not in Australia and are ordering through PayPal, before checking out,
please
click here to add in the appropriate shipping rate.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
COMPANION PRODUCT
Clouds Rising in the Sky

Clouds Rising in the Sky is professional film-maker Ian Walker's eyewitness record of the UNESCO inspection of the Nilgiri Railway in September 2004. Conducted by Dr. Robert Lee of the University of Western Sydney, the outcome was the listing of the NMR. Clouds shares some footage with The Ooty Rack, but offers a different perspective, including more detail of the inspection, more of the workshops at Mettupalaiyam and Coonoor, plus traditional Toda tribal dances at Ooty and a visit to the railway museum at Mysore.

         
38 m
 

COMBO OFFER

Buy both together for $ 44.95, and save $ 10.00

If you are not in Australia and are ordering through PayPal, before checking out,
please
click here to add in the appropriate shipping rate.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
THUMBNAILS
The following thumbnails lead to stills taken directly from the video. Just click on the thumbnail to see the full picture. The stills have been slightly compressed for faster loading, with possible minor loss of definition in some cases.


Back to List
   

 © www.railstuff.com.au :: Best viewed at 1024 x 768 resolution :: Site design: Samit Roychoudhury