Railways' vintage engine to ferry tourists to Alwar

New Delhi, Oct 25 : A tourist train consisting of two coaches hauled by a vintage steam engine, named 'Akbar', is all set to commence its package tour from here to Rajasthan's Alwar from Saturday, an official said.

This train would start from Delhi Cantonment Station and travel to Alwar, 138 km away, via Rewari on a tour package, which includes a visit to the Sariska National Park near the city. This will give opportunity to the tourists for tiger sighting at Sariska.

The train in its current season will travel between October 2013 to April 2014 on every second and fourth Saturdays, starting from Oct 26.

The 48-year-old 'Akbar' is one of the last surviving vintage steam locomotives and was manufactured at Chittranjan Locomotive Works. It was named after the great Mughal emperor.

This Pacific class of broad gauge loco is capable of speeds up to 110 kmph and used to haul prestigious express trains. After remaining many years out of service, 'Akbar' was restored, overhauled and reclaimed in full working condition at the Amritsar workshop of Northern Railway in October 2012.

The engine was recently in news with its use in film 'Bhag Milkha Bhag' - a film portraying famous Indian athlete Milkha Singh.

--IANS (Posted on 26-10-2013)

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