This engine can alone pull the weight of thousand elephants. India's biggest ever steam locomotive — the Beyer Garrat — is coming back to action.
The locomotive, restored by the South Eastern Railway, will run between Shalimar and Mecheda sections of Kharagpur division. Railway experts said the N-class Beyer Garrat was the only locomotive of its kind to run anywhere in the world and have the largest water capacity of any Garratt ever manufactured — about 10,000 gallons.
"The engine was imported from Beyer, Peacock and Company locomotive builders based in Gorton, East Manchester in 1929 by the Bengal Nagpur Railway and remained in service till 1969. The N-Class also holds the distinction of being the largest railway locomotive to run in India," Subhasis Ganguly, SE Railway's Chief Heritage Officer, told the Hinduatan Times in an interview.
"The restoration has been carried out under the guidance of AK Behara, chief works manager at Kharagpur, along with a retired railway official, S Rangaswamy, and skilled artisans from the workshop. Though the actual restoration was done in a year, the entire project has taken two years. There are more than 50 persons involved in the project. The locomotive was last used in 1970-71,” Ganguly said.