Theme-based coffee shop at Ooty soon

By S Vishnu Sharmaa Published on Jul 09, 2018 03:31 PM IST

Chennai: A theme based coffee shop will be opened at Udagamandalam Railway Station soon.

According to sources this is one of the measures being taken up by Southern Railways to enhance tourism on Nilgiri Mountain Rail (NMR) route. An old X class steam loco will be on display at the pedestal of the coffee shop, sources further say, which will leave no stone unturned to conquer the hearts of tourists.

Souvenir outlets will also be started at Ooty and Coonoor. For those who travel in NMR can carry the memories of the journey with them through these souvenirs.

A theme based restaurant Coachteria is also likely to be opened on Ooty station. The specialty of this is that the restaurant will be established inside a train coach.

Who will forget the popular Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) train, as there would be no one in this state who wouldn't have taken a ride on it. We hope measures like this will attract tourists," said a senior railway official.

Measures don't end here say sources. Efforts to introduce more services to meet the demand for the ever-increasing footfalls in Ooty every year is on the cards too.

Two additional steam locomotives and 15 coaches are getting ready at Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai currently.

The steam loco will be extended up to Ooty which is now only upto Coonoor once the rolling stock is received. Round trips for the tourists visiting Coonoor will also be introduced between Coonoor and Runnymede.

Stations coming in the route of NMR will also get an upgrade. Landscaping, establishing benches and viewpoints will be done as a part of upgrade works.

Measures in the recent past were establishing wi-fi facilities at Ooty, Coonoor and Mettupalayam stations, opening of heritage NMR museum at Ooty and Mettupalayam stations which are drawing huge crowds.

25 YEAR OLD COACH UPGRADED

Golden Rock Workshop has modified NMR-87, a 25 year old NMR coach in line with world-class standards while retaining its heritage value.

The aesthetics of the coach has been improved by fitting seats akin to those of the newly introduced UDAY AC double-decker service to enhance the comfort levels.

Themed vinyl wrappings, chairs with reclining feature, LED illumination, two-floor luggage racks, decorative vinyl stickers on the exteriors symbolising the charm of NMR are the new additions to improve the coach ambiance.

This NMR coach has been upgraded at a cost of Rs 1.8 lakh. The new measures in the pipeline would take tourism to greater levels in the NMR route.