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Those majestic steam engines

February 05, 2007
Fairy Queen, Pavandoot, Shahenshah, Sher-e-Punjab and Rajhans sashayed down the narrow meter gauge train lines of New Delhi over the weekend.

The five heritage steam engines -- the oldest of them being the Guinness record holding, 151-year-old Fairy Queen -- rolled out of the Safdarjung railway station as part of 'Parade of Steam Engines', a project to spread awareness about these ancient engines.

The Fairy Queen, built in 1855, is the world's oldest locomotive in working condition, Pavandoot, an XE-3634 engine, was built in 1930. The war-class AWE-22907 called Rajhans was built in 1943, while the WL-15005, called the Sher-e-Punjab, was built in 1955. The bullet-nosed WP-7200 called the Shahenshah was built in 1947.

Image: The Fairy Queen steams along during the Heritage Steam Engines Parade in New Delhi.

Photographs: Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images

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