Heritage Special Run of  World’s Oldest Working Loco Conducted

Shri Rajesh Agarwal, Member, Rolling Stock, Railway Board, New Delhi  flagged off a Steam Heritage Run today from Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam Railway Station, in the presence of Shri John Thomas, General Manager, Southern Railway , Principal Head  of the Departments of Southern Railway , Officers and Staff.   About 70 Foreign Tourists  traveled in the Heritage Runs conducted by Southern Railway today.

World’s Oldest Working Locomotive, the Express EIR 21, which is similar to Fairy Queen in appearance, is 164 years old.  The locomotive was originally shipped to India from England in 1855. After withdrawal from service in 1909, this loco was kept as an exhibit at Jabalpur Workshops and Howrah Station for over 101 years. During this period this loco was in the sun and rain; many parts were corroded, some were missing, some were broken and some were not fit for use. Loco Works, Perambur took the challenge of reviving the presently 164 year old steam loco ‘EXPRESS EIR 21’ in the year 2010 and so far, 8 Heritage Runs have been made o­n this World’s Oldest Working Steam Locomotive.

These Steam heritage runs are operated to showcase the heritage value of Indian Railways. So, far, the nine such Heritage runs have been organized by Southern Railway in Chennai Division.  Heritage special runs were also conducted in Salem, Tiruchchirappalli, Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram Divisions.

1'st Heritage Run - Chennai Central to Avadi o­n 15th August, 2010.
2nd Heritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Guindy o­n 15th August, 2011.
3rd Heritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Guindy o­n 26th January, 2012.
4th Heritage Run - In commemoration of the 157th Anniversary from Chennai Central to Perambur o­n 06th February, 2012.
5th Heritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Guindy o­n 26th January, 2013.
6th Heritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam o­n 10th September 2017
7th Heritage Run – Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam o­n 26th January 2018
8th Heritage Run – Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam on 27th May, 2018
9th Heritage Run – Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam yesterday, 15th August, 2019