The Matheran Hill Railway (Neral - Matheran) The only heritage railway in Maharashtra, Matheran still is a favourite among locals and visitors. This narrow gauge rail line was built by Akbar Peerbhoy between 1901 and 1907. It runs through large patches of forest and covers a total distance of 20 km.
India: six great hidden gems by train Monisha Rajesh, author of Around India in 80 Trains, spent four months travelling the country's railways. Here she selects six great places to visit by train, from idyllic hill stations to coastal towns, beyond the main tourist hubs. Matheran, Maharashtra. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh. Diu Island. Click Photo to read Article.
https://flic.kr/p/9JxCBw | Matheran | To the west of Mumbai (Bombay) is the hill station of Matheran, which is connected via a 21km long 2'0" gauge railway to the main broad gauge network at Neral, with grades as steep as 1in 20. ML738 built by Orenstein & Koppel in 1905 was still in use on 13 December 1978.