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Plea to promote Runneymede station as tourist spot

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The demand to make it a halt station is pending for the last 15 years


Udhagamandalam: The need to exploit the tourism potential of the Runneymede station of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) has been emphasised by the Heritage Steam Chariot Trust.

Runneymede located in a scenic spot below Coonoor ceased to be a halt station many years ago.

In an appeal to the General Manager, Southern Railway, the founder of the Trust, K. Natarajan, pointed out that the demand to make Runneymede a halt station was pending for the past about 15 years.

The building has been renovated and basic amenities provided.

There was a loop line and a road approach. If it became a halt station both eco and heritage tourism would get a boost.

Adverting to the conversion of coal fired steam locos to oil fired engines, he claimed that that it had already been pointed out by a top railway official that success cannot be guaranteed. He claimed that its contribution to air and noise pollution was also more.

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