“Chaiyya-Chaiyya” train to get more attractions!

“Chaiyya-Chaiyya” train to get more attractions!

The Heritage Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR), operating mountain train services to the famous hill resort town of Ooty, is set to get new attractions, including a ‘Coacheria’, to woo tourists. The ‘Coachteria’, a theme-based restaurant, would be opened at Ooty station, about 90 km from Coimbatore. This is the same train which was featured in the hit “Chaiya Chaiya” song. The train service is a major tourist attraction as it winds its way through picturesque valleys, and has been accorded World Heritage Status by UNESCO. Southern Railway also planned to offer chartered services by a coal-fired steam locomotive hauled train between Mettupalayam and Coonoor for interested corporates and tour operates. It is planning to open catering stalls at Udhagamandalam and Hill grove stations. Among Southern Railway’s other plans are souvenir shops at three heritage stations. The Golden Rock Workshop in Tiruchirappalli has modified NMR-87, a 25-year old coach, in line with world-class standards while retaining its heritage value. The coach has been upgraded at a cost of Rs. 1.L promising a new experience for tourists. Reclining chairs, Themed Vinyl wrappings, LED illumination, two-floor luggage racks and decorative vinyl stickers on the exteriors symbolising the charm of NMR are the news additions to improve the coach ambience. Wi-Fi is also provided for the benefit of passengers. Round-trips will also be introduced between Coonoor and Runnymede, a journey of about 8km.

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