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Steam Express - Fairy Queen

The Train

The Fairy Queen is the oldest steam running locomotive in the world with its name recorded in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records. The Fairy Queen has also been the proud recipient of the National Tourism Award. The Fairy Queen first started functioning for the East Indian Railway in the year 1855. After a decade of operation, the train stopped running in 1908, and it was only after a hiatus of around 90 years that the train rolled again on the 1st of February, 1997 from Delhi to Alwar.

Note

  • Fairy Queen has been renamed as Steam Express.
  • Fairy Queen Engine has been replaced by Steam Loco WP 7161.

Steam Loco WP 7161 is being utilized for hauling of Steam Express, this Chittranjan Locomotive Works built engine, inducted into active service in 1965.

Easily recognized by the cone shaped bulging nose with (usually) a silver star painted on it, this locomotive became the standard passenger locomotive on Indian Railways post 1947. It is capable of doing up to 110 Km/h and remained Indian Railways crack locomotives for many years and hauled prestigious express trains. WP’s were designed specifically for low-calorie, high-ash Indian coal and its ease of handling made it a hot favourite amongst Loco drivers. Several WP’s remained in service until the late 80’s.

General Information

The Steam Express has a 60-seater air-conditioned chair car specially designed with a large glass window from where you can have a frontal view of the Locomotive, besides there is a well maintained pantry car for on board catering. As an added attraction, the coach has a beautiful lounge in the front, which provides a scenic view of the countryside. For your enjoyment numerous cultural programs are organized in the evening of the first day at the Hotel Sariska Palace. The 60 select guests will certainly go back with fond memories of a once-in-a lifetime experience. Go ahead and book your journey back into time.

Steam Express runs between Delhi to Alwar and operates throughout the weekend. There are a limited number of runs every year between October to February.

Journey

Duration

1 Night and 2 Days

Operational Season

October to March

Distance Covered

859 km

Destinations Covered

Delhi-Alwar-Sariska-Alwar-Delhi

Day 1 Sat: Delhi Cantt - Sariska

08:30 hrs: Reporting at the Delhi Cantonment railway station.

09:00 hrs: Steam Express departs from Delhi Cantonment railway station for Alwar, the gateway of Rajasthan. You will be served some delicious snacks after you board the train.

13:00 hrs: Lunch on board.

15:00 hrs: Traditional Rajasthani welcome on arrival at Alwar railway station.

16:20 hrs: Transfer by an AC coach from Alwar railway station to “The Sariska Palace” or similar hotel en-route stopping at Siliserh Palace for Tea break.

17:30 hrs: Traditional welcome on arrival and check-in at the hotel.

19:30 hrs: Cultural program followed by them dinner at the hotel, overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 Sun: Sariska – Delhi

Sariska National Park is inhabited by tiger, Nilgai, deer, wild boar, partridges, fox, sambar, gaur, hyena, chital, and the four-horned antelope. Enjoy the wildlife tour as you step into this unrestrained wilderness. The town also has the ruins of 9th and 10th century temples. Sariska is an ideal leisure spot for those interested in wildlife and ancient architecture.

06:30 hrs: Departure for jungle safari in open jeeps. After having heart fill wildlife adventure, return to the Sariska Palace.

09:30 hrs: Return from sanctuary and breakfast at Sariska Palace.

12:00 hrs: Departure Sariska by AC coach to Alwar railway station.

12:45 hrs: Transfer by an AC coach from “The Sariska Palace” hotel to Alwar railway station.

13:00 hrs: Steam Express departs from Alwar for Delhi Cantonment railway station.

13:30 hrs: Lunch on board.

16:00 hrs: Light refreshments on board.

18:45 hrs: Arrival at Delhi Cantonment railway station. Disembark and bid farewell to the Steam Express as your journey comes to an end!

Steam Express Departure Dates
Month Dates Year
October TBA 2017
November TBA
December TBA
January TBA 2018
February TBA
March TBA
April TBA
Steam Express Rates and Offers
Steam Express Prices For 2017-18
Journey Adult Child
Steam Express one night and two days complete package. 12,375 6325
One way train journey from Delhi to Alwar + Sightseeing/ Stay at Sariska. 8965 4620
One way train journey from Delhi to Alwar. 3795 2035
Two way train journey from Delhi to Alwar and return. 7315 3795

Note

  • Above prices are in INR ().
  • Full package cost has to be paid at the time of booking.
  • Foreign tourists will be charged as per the prevalent exchange rate of INR vis-à-vis $.
  • Train tour will operate subject to minimum 15 paid passengers.
  • In case of breakdown of Steam Engine, the carriage will be hauled by Diesel Engine & no refund will be made
  • To prevent inconvenience to other group members all guests are requested to adhere to the specified timings.
  • Government Service tax is additional, as applicable on date of journey.
  • Service charge is extra.

Package Ticket Includes

  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) with tea / coffee provided on board or in hotel.
  • Overnight accommodation at hotel Tiger Den or similar with buffet meals.
  • Breakfast will be served after returning from jungle safari.

Train Ticket Booking Rules

  • Name/Sex/Date of Birth/Address/Contact Number of all the passengers are required.
  • In case of failure of Steam Loco at the moment or en-route, the journey will be completed using Diesel Loco.
  • Half fare for children above 5 years but below 12 years of age.
  • Children below 5 years – Free.
  • 10% Holiday surcharge for Xmas & New Year eve departures.

Cancellation Rules

  • There shall be no refund except cases mentioned below :-
  1. When the train is cancelled for technical reasons by the Railways.
  2. When the tourist is not able to travel on account of unforeseen circumstances.

Refund by Indian Railways

In case of (1) above

  • Full refund of the fare less 1% handling charges.

In case of (2) above

  • No refund, if the ticket is cancelled less than 15 days in advance including the date of journey.
  • 50% refund, if the ticket is cancelled more than 15 days in advance excluding date of journey.
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