The Fairy Queen, is the oldest working Steam Locomotive in the world, built in 1855. It was completely over hauled in 1996 & resumed commercial operations in 1997 for 2 Days/1 Nights Tourist circuit from Delhi to Alwar with overnight stay in Sariska Tiger Reserve, as Fairy Queen train tour In 1998. It was Certified as the world's oldest working locomotive by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Steam Express Tour
Recently, the Fairy Queen Engine has been replaced by another Steam Locomotive- WP 7161,built at Chittranjan Locomotive Workshop in 1965 & easily recognized by it's cone shaped bulging nose ,with a silver star devise painted on it.The train trip has now been renamed as Steam Express Tour & departs every 2nd & 4th Saturday morning from New Delhi to Alwar. You travel in comfort of Air-Conditioned Chair Car Saloon Car hauled by a steam engine & go back 50 years in time for once-in-a lifetime experience.
You are met on arrival at Alwar Railway Station in the afternoon & transferred to Sariska by Deluxe Buses for overnight stay in RTDC Tiger Den Forest Lodge/similar. Enroute brief halt at Siliserh Lake for high tea. Evening enjoy cultural program at Sariska.On Sunday early morning proceed for Jeep /Canter Excursion to Sariska Tiger Reserve, former hunting preserve of Alwar Royalty. The scrub thorn dry deciduous forest is home to Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cats, Striped Hyena, Golden Jackal, herds of deer family, besides plenty of bird species & reptiles. Later you visit museum in Alwar town, before boarding the Steam Express by noon & arrive back in New Delhi on Sunday evening . Your travel,meals, overnight stay, sightseeing & jungle excursion are included in package cost.
The Steam Express has a 60-seater air-conditioned chair car specially designed with a large glass window from where you can have a frontal view of the Locomotive, besides there is a well maintained pantry car for on board catering. As an added attraction, the coach has a beautiful lounge in the front, which provides a scenic view of the countryside. In Sariska you stay in RTDC Tourist Bungalow/similar. The Steam Express Train Tour is jointly operated by Indian Railways & IRCTC and arrangements in Alwar & Sariska are managed by RTDC.