Luxury Matheran Light Railway Train Offers to Visit India



Matheran Light Railway

Route- Neral-Matheran-Neral

Matheran Railway has an interesting story behind it. Abdul Hussein, son of the business tycoon, Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy of Mumbai, was a regular visitor to Matheran and he developed a fascination for the area. After having obtained a reluctant consent from his father, young Abdul Hussain camped at Neral in 1900 AD to plan for a narrow gauge railway line to Matheran. The construction started in 1904 and the two feet gauge line finally opened to traffic in 1907.

Neral, the starting station of this line, falls nearly midway on the Mumbai-Pune route of the central railway. Starting from Neral, the narrow gauge two feet line runs parallel to the main broad gauge line leaving the road to the west of Hardal hill, then turning sharply east. The ascent commences and road and rail meet at the end of the third mile near Jummapatti station. They part company again to meet a mile further just beyond the steep slope of Bhekra Khud.

A narrow stretch of level ground terminates in the abrupt rise underlying Mount Barry. To avoid a reversion station, a large horseshoe embankment was constructed. Round this the line runs for a mile in the north direction till it turns back through the only tunnel on the route. ‘One Kiss Tunnel’ gives a couple times just sufficient for a kiss!

The line now lies under Mount Barry, and to negotiate the rise here, the line zigzags sharply backwards and forwards twice passing through two deep cuttings. The line pursues its may more decorously and reaches out more or less straight for panorama point after skirting it and then returns by Simpson’s tank and terminates close to the Matheran Bazaar.

The railway is 12-1/2 miles long and has a gauge of only two feet. The permanent way originally consisted of rail 30 lb to a yard with a ruling gradient of 1 in 20. Speed is limited to 12 miles per hour only. Construction of line was done by local labor though occasionally help was sought from the ‘Pioneer regiments’.

(A) Special Charter Rates
Hill Railway

Composition

Steam Traction

Diesel Traction

Single Trip

Round Trip

Single Trip

Round Trip

Neral-Matheran Hill Railway

2FC+1SLR

N.A

N.A

Rs 27,500

Rs 55,000

Matheran Railway Time Table

Neral To Matheran

Matheran To Neral

Train no

Nrl

Math

Days

Train no

Math

Nrl

Days

601

7:30

9:50

All

602

7:00

8:40

All

603

8:50

11:10

All

604

9:45

11:25

All

605

10:15

11:10

All

606

13:40

15:20

All

607

11:35

13:35

All

608

14:45

16:25

All

611

14:10

16:05

Sat/Sun/Gen Holi

610

16:25

18:10

All

609

17:05

19:00

All

612

17:40

19:20

Sat/Sun

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