The International Steam Pages

Southern Railway - Metre Gauge

For the enthusiast, the Southern Railway offered colourful steam in exotic surroundings, but with few exceptions the locomotives were of the standard designs.

The stand out attraction was the rack line from Mettupalyam to Coonor which continued as a steep adhesion only section to Ootacamund - universally known as 'Ooty'. The 0-8-2T rack locomotives were a joy to ride and photograph although necessarily they were always coupled smokebox to the train.

Elsewhere, a few old B class 4-6-0s were allocated to the works at Golden Rock, similar later HPS 4-6-0s were based at Shimoga and the ST 2-6-4T ST class worked branches around Mayuram.

Of the IRS designs, only the YD 2-8-2 were to be seen but they did little or no line work and these were supplemented by the MAWD MacArthur 2-8-2s for pilot duties.

The post Second World War 2 standard YP and YG were ubiquitous, but the smaller YLs were elusive.

Rob Dickinson