Heritage train engine arrives in Mettupalayam after makeover
Mettupalayam: After months of repair works, the Ooty heritage train engine reached Mettupalayam station on Wednesday afternoon. The repair works were conducted at the Golden Rock workshop of the Railways in Tiruchirappalli.
The engine arrived after undergoing POH (Periodical Overhaul) which is carried out once in 4 years. The engine was sent to Tiruchirappalli 13 months before for repair. The name of the engine was also changed. The coaches are brought to Golden Rock for repair once in two-and-a-half years.
The engine weighing up to 140 tonne was brought via road from Tiruchirappalli and later a crane by Railways’ ‘Rajali’ was used to lift. It was attempted by about 20 workers for 4 hours.
The furnace oil engine which commutes between Mettupalayam and Coonoor weighs up to 50 tonne. When furnace oil and water are poured into the engine while in operation, the weight will again increase by 5 tonne.
The engine deboarding was supervised by ADME Deeksha Chowdary, senior section engineers Muhammed Ashraf, Ganesh Mohan, Rajendra Chowhan and station manager Krishna Moorthy. The engine would conduct trial run for two weeks and will soon be ready to carry passengers.
The heritage train won’t have numbers anymore. Rather, railways have given name to the engine. The engine x37397 which arrived after completing repair works has been named ‘Betta Queen’. The word ‘Betta’ meaning mountain has been derived from a language spoken by tribals and Badaka community of Nilgiri. The railway sources also said that all engines which come after completing repair works will be given regional names.