Indian Hill Railways – The Nilgiri Mountain Railway
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was built in 1908 by the British and is now one of the last coal powered steam engines in the world. It was recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty. It needs a lot of care and is run with love and devotion. It is also known as toy train.
When travelling with the Nilgiri Mountain Railway time is not a factor. People who ride the train aren´t in a hurry and can enjoy the fabulous view. It is known for beeing the steepest track in Asia. The train needs 290 minutes to reach the top and 215 minutes to get down again. On its way it goes through 250 bridges, 16 tunnels and 208 curves.
No cole shortages or landslides could ever stop the railway. For people who work for his railway isn´t a job, it is a way of life. In this documentary not only the history of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is shown, but also the lives of people who dedicate their lives to this railway or who depend on it.