Pradeep Pattanayak

India’s railway network is considered as one of the largest in the world. Besides being known for its hospitality, the Indian Railways is also famous for some high-speed trains like Vande Bharat Express, Gatiman Express, Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express and Duronto express. We must have had the thrilling experience of travelling on any of these trains. But how many of us have had the experience of travelling in the slowest train of India? 

Slowest train? Yes, there is a train in India which runs at an average speed of 10 kmph. 

The train is the Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri passenger train. The distance between Mettupalayam and Ooty is 46 kilometres. The train’s journey starts from Mettupalayam Railway Station and ends at Ooty Station. On its way, it passes through five stations like Keller, Coonoor, Wellington, Lovedale and Ootacamund stations. And it takes about five hours to cover the distance, running at an average speed of 10 kmph, making it roughly 16 times slower than the fastest train in India. 

Despite being the slowest train, it has been a favourite train for tourists. The scenic beauty of Nilgiri hills it offers while it whistles and chugs through the breathtaking landscapes, compensates for its slow speed. While its coaches are in blue and off-white colour made of wood, it has large windows for the passengers to behold the nature’s beauty. It has both First Class and General Class category coaches.  

Notably, the train was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2005, as an extension of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.