Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: Mechanical Engineering wing of the Southern Railway – Salem Division in association with the Research Design Standards Organisation, Lucknow, have begun a trial run of the Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR) with diesel engine.

NMR is at present being operated with four numbers of oil and coal fired locomotives and also has the distinction of using X class loco's from Switzerland. Officials are finding it difficult to get quality coal.

Hence, Railways has renewed its effort to get steam locomotives from the Golden Rock workshop at Tiruchirapalli.

The trial run is being done from Mettupalayam to Coonoor.

The trial which began on May 8 is expected to go on till May 18.