History & Culture

The world's oldest working locomotive

To commemorate the 73rd Independence Day celebrations, a Heritage Special Service hauled by EIR-21 was operated from Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam today. EIR-21 is the world’s oldest steam locomotive.

The express which is similar to Fairy Queen in appearance, is 164 years old. Many parts of Express EIR-21 were corroded, missing and broken thus not fit for use. However, the Loco Works, Perambur, revived the loco in 2010 and since then the heritage runs have been made to showcase the heritage value of Indian Railways.

Printable version | May 15, 2021 4:30:15 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/tracing-the-wheels-of-eir-21-heritage-train/article29183073.ece

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