Yes – twice a day – across a 46 Km route that has 30-40 degree inclines.

This Locomotive is the “Ooty Toy Train” – that starts off in the plains. Soon after is an impressive 21 km section through truly rocky terrain. The track passes over 26 viaducts, and twists and bends through 13 tunnels. After a steep climb, the train enters Coonoor, the little hill station known for its tea plantations. From here, the track is uphill till you reach Fern Hill at a height of 2,218m, the highest point on the railroad.

These little steam-locomotives are still running.

Nikon D80
Nikon 18-135mm @18mm
f/5.6; 1/30 sec
Pic processed in CS3.


  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 5 years ago

    Wow! Unbelievable that it survived and is still running after all these years, but also unbelievable treatment. I was convinced that this was an old faded postcard of a bygone era! Do tell!!!! I love the composition and feel to this.

  • Thanks George!! 46 Km takes 4.5 hours though – LOL!! But totally worth it as it goes through the most amazing scenic route.

    The PP – thanks!! – was a LOT of messing around after applying an action I got from atncentral.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 5 years ago

    WOW… I thought the same thing as George… Awesome Work Vikram…

    (which actions would do that?)

  • :-)) – If I can make the master of PP think it was what I wanted it to really look like – I know it must really be working!!
    I got the action from atncentral (I think – it’s my main source) and then really got into messing with it till I got what I want. The border I added later to give it the real old look.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Ray Mosteller
    Ray Mostellerover 5 years ago

    Love the vintage effect you did. Perfect for the subject.

  • Thanks Ray – that’s what I thought – old subject and so should have an old look (also the sky wasn’t very interesting here – LOL!!)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • vagabondimages
    vagabondimagesover 5 years ago

    Wow this is the Little Engine that most definitely could Vikram!! Wonderful image, I particularly love the little bit of reflection in the puddle and the treatment is superb! Wonderful story to accompany it also :)) Well done my friend :))

  • Thank you so much Simone!! I usually work on just curves/levels (quite a bit) and then unsharp mask and maybe an adjustment layer when required. This was a something I really needed to work on – and I’m really chuffed with the result!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Hover 5 years ago

    very nice cpature and great tretment!

  • Thank you so much Dinni! Thanks for dropping by!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 5 years ago

    Great photography and work Vikram!!

  • Thanks Vicki! This is a wonderful little train – the most beautiful scenery it passes through. I chose to enjoy the view and didn’t click too many!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetover 5 years ago

    It’s perfect Vik! Treatment and photography! I love it! :-)

  • Thank you so much Johanne!! I think I might eventually get a hang of Photoshop!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Scott!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Andrew Dickman
    Andrew Dickmanover 5 years ago

    Almost timeless! A great shot.

  • Thank you!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • hologram
    hologramover 5 years ago

    fantastic processing !

  • Thank you so much H! I’m usually a curves, and unsharp mask guy only – this was a huge challenge for me! Really glad you like the end result!

    – Vikram Franklin

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