Matheran Railway

A LOOK AT THE MATHERAN RAILWAY

 

Matheran railway history dates back to the year 1900 when Abdul Hussein Adamjee Peerbhoy developed the concept of having a railway track built at Matheran to make his frequent trips to the small hill station more comfortable. It was financed by his business tycoon father Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy of the Adamjee Group and it took about Rs.16, 00,000 to build the railway line. It is now a heritage railway in Maharashtra, India. The railway line was built between 1901 and 1907.

Matheran Railway The construction was undertaken on the consultancy of engineer Everard Calthrop famous from Barsi Light Railway. The starting point of the train is at Neral which is at the midway between Mumbai and Pune. Matheran railway covers a distance of 20kms over the large forest cover of region connecting Matheran to Neral. It is in the Western Ghats hills near Krjat and Mumbai. The slow toy train runs at an average speed of 20km/hr.

The Central Railways administers railway at Matheran and is now being promoted as the World Heritage Site. From Neral the narrow gauge two feet track runs parallel to the broad main gauge line. It then turns east to ascend to Matheran. The rail line and roadway meet near Jummpatti and after a brief separation meet again at Bhekra Kud. After a small stretch the track takes another sharp ascent before Mount Berry and to avoid reversing the station a big shoe embankment was build.

Visit http://www.pnrstatus.co.in to check Railway Pnr Status . After a mile or so, the railway across Matheran runs northwards then turns around to enter the ‘one kiss tunnel’ by way of the embankment. The name is given to make a reference about the short time it takes to cross the tunnel. The rail then takes two more zig–zags to reach Panorama Point. It then goes back to Simpson Tank and finally terminates at Matheran.

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