India’s 70 years aged Locomotive “Azad” Get on Tracks to Haul the Palace on Wheels
WP 7200 locomotive called as Azad was renovated by the Northern Railways to haul India’s the oldest luxury train the Palace on Wheels.
India’s the oldest locomotive Azad was tracked to haul the Palace on Wheels. On Wednesday, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani flagged off the steam locomotive to pull the Palace on Wheels from Delhi Safdarjung station to Patel Nagar station on the Ring Railway circuit.
The locomotive WP 7200 Azad was built in 1947 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, USA. This locomotive rendered it services to haul the passenger trains for many years. After 48 years service, it got down from the tracks and retired in 1995 from the services.
The heritage locomotive was renovated by a committed Railway team at the Railway’s Steam Center, Rewari. At this center, steam locomotives are getting renovated for some occasional steam trips in popular tourist regions to attract tourists. Recently, some locomotive trips also carried out by Railways in major tourist places.
According to some sources, this heritage locomotive was connected to Palace on Wheels due to the request from British tourists to haul the Palace on Wheels with the steam engine. Later, RTDC requested the Railway Board to make Azad to haul the Palace on Wheels.
The combination of India’s oldest heritage locomotive and oldest luxury train on tracks attracted Palace on Wheels tourists to enjoy it. And the Northern Railways Board also expressed their happiness for running Azad for the Palace on Wheels, through a tweet.