EIR 21 The world’s oldest working steam locomotive made a special Heritage run recently. Maintained and homed by Perambur Loco Workshop, Southern Railways. The loco ‘Express EIR 21’, to which was attached a single compartment painted in Tricolour was run by Southern Railway between Chennai Egmore and Kodambakkam stations.The steam locomotive was originally built by Kitson, Thompson and Hewitson at Leeds in England in 1855, before it was shipped to India for the service of East India Company.After it was withdrawn from service in 1909, the loco was exhibited at Jamalpur (Bihar) loco workshop and Howrah station. A century later, in 2010, the locomotive, then not fit for use, was brought back to working condition by Loco Works, Perambur.
Heritage Loco run on track
Express EIR 21 steam loco was built in 1855 by Kitson, Thomson and Hewitson of the UK, who built another such loco, Fairy Queen, the same year Fairy Queen too is functional. It pulls a two-coach luxury tourist train between Delhi and Alwar
EIR 21 Express ran between Howrah and Raneegunge
After its retirement in 1909, it was housed at the Jamalpur Loco Works in Bihar, where its firebox got damaged and it was declared unfit for restoration
Location : Chennai Egmore & Kodambakkam.
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