CHENNAI: Tourists taking a trip on the Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR), a UNESCO world heritage site, can look forward to a different travelling experience. Fret not, you will still get to see the scenic valleys as the train chugs its way upto Udhagamandalam, but you will be doing so in comfort and through wide windows.
In about a year, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here will roll out modern coaches that will replace the existing ones. Senior ICF officials have said design for the new coaches has been finalised and work to produce them will be taken up shortly.
According to the officials, the revamped metre gauge coaches has been in the offing for the last few years, as the current batch has become old. The ICF is expected to turn out 15 coaches, in three variants, within the current financial year.