Did You Know? The World’s Oldest Working Steam Loco Is Right Here In India?

Did You Know? The World’s Oldest Working Steam Loco Is Right Here In India?

The name ‘EIR 21 Express’ was given to the loco by its creators, Kitson, Thompson & Hewitson of England, who built it in 1855. The loco was shipped to the Indian subcontinent, to span high and low lands. It carried people from different walks of life and heavy cargos for over 55 years.

Back in the day, travelling in the EIR 21 Express was nothing short of an adventure to passengers who cheered as the whistle blew.

The loco service was discontinued in 1909. It was then used for exhibitions at Jamalpur Workshops and Howrah Station for over a century. After 101 years of serving as an exhibit, the loco endured harsh sun and heavy rains, which corroded several parts. While some parts went missing, some broke and some were deemed unfit for usage.

Shining a ray of hope, Loco Workshop, Perambur, took up the challenge of reviving the Express EIR 21 in 2010. Read More…

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