NEW DELHI: The ‘Fairy Queen’, the world’s oldest surviving functional steam engine, is once again ready to haul a heritage train from here to Rewari tomorrow after a gap of five years.
The train, a great attraction among steam engine lovers across the globe, will run between Delhi Cantonment station and Rewari from February 11 for a single day trip, according to a release.
The train hauled by steam locomotive will begin its journey from Delhi Cantonment at 10.30 AM and is expected to reach at Rewari at 1 PM. It will start at 4.15 PM in the return journey and is expected to reach Delhi Cantonment at 6.15 PM.
The locomotive was constructed in 1855 by Kitson, Thompson and Hewitson at Leeds, in England and reached Kolkata in the same year.
On arrival, it was given fleet number “22” by its owner, the East Indian Railway Company, not receiving a name until 1895. Initially, the 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) gauge locomotive was used to haul light mail trains in West Bengal, operating between Howrah and Raniganj, and during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 hauled troop trains.
It was later consigned to line construction duty in Bihar, where it served until 1909. (AGENCIES)