Fairy Queen is well-known as the oldest rolling locomotive of the world and is rightly put in the category of heritage train. The train started its journey way back in the year 1855 till 1908 but due to some reasons, its regular operations were halted. The Indian Railway again in July 1997 again started the journey of this heritage train that started from Delhi and goes on till Alwar. A major highlight here is a visit to the famous Sariksa Wildlife Sanctuary.
|Cylinders (Dia X Stroke) in inches||Outside 201/4 " X 28"|
|Boiler Barrel (Length between tube plates) X Dia||15'10 5/8" x 6'3 3/8"|
|Total Heating Surface (Tubes + Fire box)||2901 sq ft|
|Boiler Pressure||210 lb/sq. In.|
|Tractive Effort at 75% of Boiler Pressure||30600 lbs|
|Grate Area||46 Sq. Ft.|
|Makers||Canadian Locomotive Co., Baldwin Loco. Works , Wiener Locomotivfabrik, Chittranjan Locomotive Works|
Fairy Queen has a total of two coaches where one is an air-conditioned car with a capacity of accommodating 50 people. This coach is specially designed and the seats also have the capacity of reclining so that the journey is comfortable. Along with this, there is a well-kept pantry car for the purpose of catering. Then in the front of the passenger coach, the train also has a lounge with a large window offering an excellent outside view.
The journey of the heritage train, Fairy Queen is a 1 night/2 day journey where one does not get an overnight stay on the train. The train leaves from Delhi Cantonment Railway station (every 2nd and 4th Saturday) in the months of October to March. One gets an overnight stay at one of the hotels of the destination, Alwar. During the stay, one can enjoy various cultural programs that are organized during that evening. At the time of the journey, the travelers get a chance to visit numerous historical monuments of Delhi, sightseeing of Alwar and visiting the world-famous Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary where one can enjoy the facility of a Jeep Safari for exploring the amazing wildlife.
|Day 1, Saturday|
|8:40 hrs||Reporting at the Delhi Cantonment railway station.|
|9:10 hrs||Steam Express departs.|
|13:00 hrs||Lunch on Board.|
|16:00 hrs||Welcome at Alwar station on arrival with tika & garland of guest by RTDC.|
|16:30 hrs||Transfer to Hotel Tiger Den or Similar by Deluxe Coach via Lake Palace at Siliserh stopping at Lake Palace, Siliserh for Tea/Snacks.|
|17:30 hrs||Welcome & Check-in at Hotel Tiger Den or Similar with welcome drink(non-alcoholic), accommodation on twin sharing basis.|
|20:00 hrs||Cultural Programme followed by Dinner at Hotel. Over night stay at Hotel|
|Day 2, Sunday|
|6:00 hrs||Wake up call with morning tea.|
|6:30 hrs||Depart for morning visit to Sariska National Park in Canter/Gypsy (Subject to availability of Vehicle).|
|9:30 hrs||Return back to hotel from the Park and time for freshen up etc.|
|12:00 hrs||Departure from hotel for Alwar Railway Station for boarding Steam Express.|
|13:00 hrs||Departure of train from Alwar Station.|
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