New Delhi : The ”Fairy Queen,” the oldest surviving steam engine in the world, is all set to haul a heritage train from the national capital to Rewari in Haryana from Saturday, after a gap of five years. It will run between Delhi Cantonment and Rewari on a single daily trip.
It shall start from Delhi Cantt at 1030 hrs and reach Rewari at 1300 while the return journey will be from 1615 to 1815 hours, the Railways announced on Friday, saying it hopes to attract the steam engine lovers from across the globe.
The locomotive was certified in the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 s the world”s oldest steam engine in regular service. It was restored in full working order a year earlier in 1997 for its first mainline journey in 88 years since after it was withdrawn in 1909 from the rail line construction duty in Bihar.
This locomotive was built by Kitson, Thompson and Hewitson at Leeds, in England, in 1855, and brought to Kolkata in the same year.
On arrival, it was given fleet number “22” by its owner, the East Indian Railway Company. It gained the “Fairy Queen” name only in 1895.
Initially, the 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) gauge locomotive was used to haul light mail trains in West Bengal, operating between Howrah and Raniganj, and during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 it hauled the troop trains.
It occupies a special spot in the National Rail Museum at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi.