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Neral Matheran and the Toy Train
A random trip I made to Matheran in August this year (2012). The Toy Train doesn't function from June to October (because of the monsoon rains). However I did manage to get a glimpse of it parked at Neral station, in the train shed. I have to take a ride on it at some point of time ! Here are a couple of pictures of the locomotives, the old coaches and the new coaches. Also – pictures of Aman Lodge station ( at the beginning of Matheran ) and the main Matheran station (near the market and the hotels). Monkeys and red mud are an important part of the route.
The train was not running when I made this trip, however I could make out that its 20 km route from Neral to Matheran would be a very scenic one. This train first ran over a hunded years ago, in 1907 – this railway line was the idea of a Mumbai based businessman – Abdul Peerboy.
These are the new coaches :