Nilgiri Mountain Railway

From Lifeline to Oblivion

A tribute to the relentless campaign by railway enthusiasts and the public of the Nilgiri Hills to keep the beautiful engineering marvel in running condition. Their untiring effort continues to this day, and it is largely due to this, that the unique railway was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on July 15, 2005.  

This is a rare compilation of published materials on NMR, analyzed and written in eloquent English, which will interest anyone who likes the NMR or people’s initiatives to propel such actions to save the unique lifeline from oblivion.

After having a successful run with two editions in 2008 & 2012, the new 2018 edition of the book is now on stands for your reading pleasure.

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The Author

V. M. Govind Krishnan grew up in Coonoor, watching the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) chug past his home. He distinctly remembers the first journey he took on that train with his grandmother and being in awe of the way the little train climbed its way through the dense forest and steep hills.

His love for mountain trains does not end with the NMR. He has travelled a number of times on all the five operating mountain trains in India and has written travelogues on these journeys.

His book narrates the struggle to save the NMR and throws light on the importance of the railway, as an engineering marvel and from the heritage point of view. He started collecting material for the book when the government proposed dismantling the line in 1968, considering it not economically viable.

A post graduate in Zoology and a lover of nature, he has also highlighted the need to provide elephant corridors and preserve the sanctity of the dwindling rain forests of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

After retiring from service with Air India, he is now a freelance photojournalist, and has addressed a variety of civic issues with a view to improving the living environment.

Latest Paperback Edition Available

At the Bookcafe (Noida), Title Waves (Mumbai), Stori (Kolkata),
Gangarams (Bangalore), Coffee Cup (Hyderabad) & Odyssey (Chennai Tiruvanmiyur)

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Also available as an e-book for Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google Play & Apple iBooks


1st Edition - 2008


2nd Edition - 2012


3rd Edition - 2018