World’s Oldest Working Steam (वाष्प) Engine ‘Fairy Queen’ Ready to Haul Heritage Train Once Again The ‘Fairy Queen’, the oldest surviving functional steam engine in the world is once again ready in this season to haul (प्राप्त वस्तु) a heritage (विरासत) train from National Capital Delhi to Rewari, Haryana after a gap of 5 years. This train, which is a great attraction among steam enginelovers across the globe, will run between Delhi Cantt. Station and Rewari from tomorrow i.e. 11th February 2017 for a single day trip.
The locomotive(स्वचालित यंत्र) was constructed by Kitson, Thompson and Hewitson at Leeds, in England, in 1855, and reached Kolkata, then known as Calcutta, in the same year. On arrival, it was given fleet(खाड़ी) number "22" by its owner, the East Indian Railway Company, not receiving a name until 1895. Initially, the 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) gauge(प्रमापी) locomotive was used to haul light mail trains in West Bengal, operating between Howrah and Raniganj, and during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 hauled troop(सेना) trains. It was later consigned to line construction duty in Bihar, where it served until 1909.
Fairy Queen locomotive
It was restored and given a special spot in the newly built National Rail Museum at Chanakyapuri, in New Delhi which was opened to public 40 years back on 1st February, 1977. The locomotive was restored to full working order in 1997, in preparation for its first mainline journey in 88 years and its return to commercial service on 18 July. It was certified by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 as the world's oldest steam locomotive in regular operation. The following year, the train received a National Tourism Award for the most innovative and unique tourism project from Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India.