The railways plan to co-ordinate with shipping agents so as to cater the service to foreign tourists arriving in luxury ships.
The world’s oldest running steam locomotive ‘EIR 21 Express’ will chug through the division catering to foreign and domestic tourists from Thursday.
Built in 1855, the introductory run of the locomotive with a 40-seat heritage coach will be held from Nagercoil Junction to Kanniyakumari. “Thereafter, a sequence of heritage steam runs will be held at different sections before the locomotive is deployed in the Edappally-Valla-rpadam route by this month-end. It will traverse through the country’s second-longest railway overbridge there for nearly four months before the locomotive is handed over to another division,” said a senior railway official.