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A Steam Heritage Special Train o­n Commercial run was successfully operated for the benefit of passengers and steam heritage enthusiasts o­n 27thMay 2018 from Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam in the presence of Shri R.K.Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway and Principal Heads of Departments of Southern Railway. A Steam Heritage Exhibition featuring various Black and White photographs of the Steam Era was also opened at Chennai Egmore for public viewing for a day.
Train No.00666 Chennai Egmore – Kodambakkam Heritage Special train hauled by Heritage Steam Loco EIR 21 left Chennai Egmore at
10 AM to reach Kodambakkam by 10.30 AM carrying 40 passengers, out of which 32 were adults and 8 children. Shri R.K.Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway, welcomed all the passengers with flowers and chocolates.
The fare for the journey was Rs.650/- for Adults and Rs.500/- for children below 12 years. Tickets were issued to the fare paying passengers o­n First cum First Serve Basis o­ne hour before the heritage run. A special certificate issued by the Station Director, Chennai Egmore was given as a Souvenir to the passengers. Refreshments were also provided to passengers. Two more such runs are planned for the next two Sundays, o­n 3rd June 2018 and 10thJune 2018.
An award of Rs.40,000/- for the Mechanical Dept Staff who organised and handled the heritage run was declared by the General Manager Southern Railway. During his inspection of Chennai Egmore Railway Station along with Shri Naveen Gulati, Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai, he declared an award of Rs.10,000/- for the Railway Environment and House Keep staff of Chennai Egmore Railway Station in appreciation their efforts in keeping the station clean.
These Steam heritage runs are operated to promote the heritage value of Indian Railway. So, far, the following Heritage runs have been organized by Southern Railway:-
1stHeritage Run - Chennai Central to Avadi o­n 15th August, 2010.
2ndHeritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Guindy o­n 15th August, 2011.
3rdHeritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Guindy o­n 26th January, 2012.
4thHeritage Run - In commemoration of the 157th Anniversary from Chennai Central to Perambur o­n 06th February, 2012.
5thHeritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Guindy o­n 26th January, 2013.
6thHeritage Run - Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam o­n 10th September 2017
7thHeritage Run – Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam o­n 26th January 2018
8thHeritage Run – Chennai Egmore to Kodambakkam Today 27th May 2018
 World’s Oldest Working Locomotive, the Express EIR 21, which is similar to Fairy Queen in appearance, is 163 years old.  The locomotive was originally shipped to India from England in 1855. After withdrawal from service in 1909, this loco was kept as an exhibit at Jamalpur Workshops and Howrah Station for over 101 years. During this period this loco was in the sun and rain; many parts were corroded, some were missing, some were broken and some were not fit for use. Loco Works, Perambur took the challenge of reviving the presently 163 year old steam loco ‘EXPRESS EIR 21’ in the year 2010 and so far, 8 Heritage Runs have been made o­n this World’s Oldest Working Steam Locomotive.
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