Matheran mini train has stopped working from May-2016 till Oct-2017 (17 Months). It was stopped because of two derailments. Good News is after extensive repairs and introduction of new safety measures it is starting again. Initially it will only operate between Aman Lodge and Matheran station which is 3.5km distance later it will be operational between Neral to Matheran.
On Sunday, the toy train completed the trial run, after which go ahead signal was issued by commissioner of railway safety.
The Central Railway RPRO Sunil Udasi said, “The service will benefit lots of travellers, especially those uncomfortable sitting on the horses.“ At present, visitors are driving upto Dasturi Naka, and then covering the remaining journey by foot or on horseback.
Restarting of Matheran Toy Train will put all the hotel owners and locals back in business. Matheran hill station source of earning was affected since long because of discontinuation of mini train service.
New Safety Features are introduced on Neral Matheran Track
- Air brake system replaces hand brakes; brake failure was said to be one of the reason of 2016 derailments
- Netted safety walls along the tracks
- Track surface re-laid
- Drainage system along the track revamped
- Changes in coach design
More details about the timetable and ticket fare can be found on this page.