Fairy Queen (locomotive)
The Fairy Queen is one of the world's oldest steam locomotive in regular operation for which it was certified by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998. This engine was built in England in 1855 as per the Indian standards. It has a two-cylinder engine which generates 130 horsepower (97 kW) with a top speed of 25 miles per hour (40 km/h). The East Indian Railway Company employed the Fairy Queen in West Bengal, where it carried the militants during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. It was withdrawn from service in 1909.
The Indian government allotted the heritage status to the Fairy Queen in 1972, making it a National Treasure. Thereafter, it was exhibited at the National Rail Museum in Delhi. Following the success of the Palace on Wheels, it was completely restored in 1997 to working order for its return to commercial service on 18th July. The day also marked its first mainline journey in 88 years. The two-day trip saw the train covering the 143 kilometres (89 mi) from New Delhi to Alwar in Rajasthan.