Meanwhile, train enthusiasts demand the railway to operate the steam engine up to Ooty from Mettupalayam.
We refunded ticket fare due to cancellation of service for five days from December 14 to December 18,” said a senior official of the railway.
Officials of Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) had to cut short the trial run of the new HSD Oil-fired steam locomotive following an oil leak.
The engine has two oil tanks- the main tank with a 1600 litres capacity and the rear tank that can hold 725 litres.
In the past, the workshop had done several vintage projects like overhauling the popular steam loco Fern Queen and repairing a century-old clock tower in Tiruchy district court building.
The loco pilot noticed that a portion of the track between Kallar and Hillgrove was blocked by mud and boulders that rolled down from the hills due to heavy rains.
K Nataraj, the founder of Heritage Steam Chariot Trust, said "We have to cater to tourists as the sector is opening up after a two-year break."
HSD is less viscous and produces lesser heat ensuring finer control and atomisation, and fumes in the drivers' cabin are reduced.
Reserved ticket fares are manifold above the unreserved ticket. While unreserved tickets are sold for Rs 170 per head, first-class tickets are Rs 600 per person and second class, Rs 295.
As part of the measures to boost tourist traffic on Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR), the Southern Railway is to launch soon a short train service for four km between Ooty and Lovedale for sight seeing.
The heritage team will report directly to Divisional Railway Manager of Salem division, who is the competent authority to make any decision.