SOUTHERN RAILWAYS GUINNESS RECORD ECO-FRIENDLY TRAIN

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A 157-year old steam engine owned by Southern Railway will soon enter the Guinness Book of World Records for its legacy and the number of eco-friendly trial runs, said railway officials after flagging-off the fourth trial run to mark its 157th anniversary.

According to records, the EIR 21, built by Kitson Thompson and Hewitson Leeds in the United Kingdom, had arrived in a shipment to India in 1855.

It served the erstwhile East Indian Railway for 55 years till 1909. After retirement from service, it was parked at Jamalpur and Howrah workshops as an exhibit for over a century.

The EIR 21 is deemed to be senior to its sister, Fairy Queen (EIR 22), which also won the Guinness title of “The world’s oldest working steam loco”. Both locomotives share a history of hauling trains and carrying troops from Howrah to Ranigunj to quell the freedom struggle in 1857.

“Having completed four trial runs, the heritage train is also expected to win the Guinness title of ‘world’s oldest working steam loco’,” said a Southern Railway official. The Indian postal department has also released a postage stamp in honour of the EIR 21, sources said.

The maximum speed of the 130 horsepower engine is 30 km per hour.

Railway sources said the steam locomotive is provided with a GPS-based speedometer now and receives signals through satellite for longitude or latitude with respect to time.

 

“The micro-control unit inbuilt in this speedometer decodes the signal input collected through change in latitude or longitude, from first place to second place, and converts this into speed in kmph,” a railway source said.


Keywords: SOUTHERN RAILWAYS GUINNESS RECORD, ECO-FRIENDLY TRAIN, ERI 21, WORLD'S OLDEST WORKING STEAM LOCO

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0 #1 Arun 2013-02-10 20:23
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