The Fairy Queen

Interesting facts and features

Built in 1855 by Kitson, Thompson & Hewitson, UK, for the then East Indian Railway (EIR)

  • weight: 26 tonnes
  • coal tender : 20 tonnes
  • water capacity : 2,000 litres (underslung water tank)
  • horse power : 130
  • gauge : 5′ 6″ or 1.67 m (broad gauge)
  • wheel arrangement 2-2-2, driving wheel diameter 1800mm
  • max speed: 40 km/h
  • cylinders: 2 outside (12″ x 22″)

Earlier worked from Howrah to Raniganj (121 miles) on EIR

  • 1908 Stopped service
  • 1971 First exhibit at National Rail Museum
  • 1996 Completely overhauled in Perambur workshops of Southern Railway
  • Revived for working on main line. Chair Car for carrying 60 passengers and service car including generator and compressor (air brakes) readied for the engine to work commercial trips.
  • 18 July 1997 First commercial trip.
  • 31 January 1998 Certification of Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest working locomotive.
  • 25 January 1999 National Tourism Award given by the Prime Minister of India for the most innovative and unique tourism project.
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About Kay McMahon

Kay has been an expat for nearly 30 years. She set up the British Expat website back in early 2000, whilst living in London and missing the expat life. These days she spends much of her time lugging computers and cameras around the world. (Dave gets to deal with all the really heavy stuff.)

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