The Fairy Queen

“The Fairy Queen”, an Indian train was built in 1855 travelling between New Delhi to Alwar in India. This locomotive has been certified as the oldest operational locomotive in India by the Guinness Book of Records. The Fairy Queen that runs on the lines of Palace of Wheels was constructed in Leeds, England in the year 1855, and was brought to Calcutta the same year and crowned as the Fairy Queen.

Initially owned by the East Indian Railway and tagged as number 22, this locomotive has captured the National Tourism Award gracing the National Rail Museum of New Delhi has started steaming once again after being completely over lugged in 1996. This beauty started its steaming again in 1997 for a 2 day/ 1 night tour from Delhi to Alwar famous Sariksa Wildlife Sanctuary operating only on the second and fourth Saturdays of October till March.

Fairy Queen
Power type Steam
Builder Kitson, Thompson & Hewitson
Serial number 481
Build date 1855
Configuration 2-2-2T
UIC classification 1A1 n2t
Career East Indian Railway
Number 22
Retired 1909
Restored July 18, 1997
Disposition Operating between New Delhi and Alwar, India


The Fairy Queen covers Delhi, Alwar and the renowned Tiger Reserve in Sariksa. It offers its privileged passengers two-day and one-night package with a tour to the beautiful city of Alwar, Delhi’s historical monuments, and the wildlife sanctuary of Sariksa.


Only 50 lucky people get a chance to experience The Fairy Queen. It boasts one AC chair car coach. Attached to it is a pantry car to provide catering services to its passengers. To give its privileged passengers a scenic view of the countryside, the Fairy Queen has a beautiful lounge in its front. This train takes its passengers to Hotel Sariksa Palace on its first day, where they are welcomed with traditional dancers presenting various cultural programs.


The round trip package of two days/ one night for adults is INR 7,500 and INR 3,750 for children (5-12 years of age). Foreign passengers will be charged as per the customary exchange rate of INR in US $.


The Fairy Queen locomotive weighs 26 tons seeking a water capacity of 3000 liters’. With a diameter of 2-2-2 driving wheel, it can run on a speed of upto 40 Kmph.

Schedule of Operation

Day 1 Dep Delhi Cantt. 0900 hrs.
  Arr. Alwar 1545 hrs.
Day 2 Dep Alwar 1300 hrs.
  Arr. Delhi Cantt. 1845 hrs.


Day 1, Saturday
Reporting at the Delhi Cantonment railway station. 0830 hrs.
Steam Express departs. 0900 hrs.
Lunch on Board. 1300 hrs.
Welcome at Alwar station on arrival 1500 hrs
Arrival at hotel 1600 hrs
Departure of Group B from hotel Tiger Camp for theme dinner 1930 hrs.
Departure of Group B from Sariska after dinner for hotel Tiger Camp 2230 hrs.
Day 2, Sunday
Departure of Group B from hotel Tiger Camp for jungle safari 0600 hrs
Departure of Group A from hotel Tiger Den for jungle safari 0630 hrs
Departure of Group A from hotel Tiger Den for Alwar railway station 1100 hrs.
Departure of Group B from hotel Tiger Camp for Alwar railway station 1130 hrs
Departure of train from Alwar railway station 1300 hrs

Package Tariff

Options Adult Child
Full Package
(Two-way train journey + sight-seeing / stay at Sariska)
10200 5100
One-way Trip Package
(Between Delhi & Alwar + sight-seeing / stay at Sariska)
7100 3550
One-Way Train Journey
(Between Delhi & Alwar only)
3200 1600
*(Half fare for children above 5 years but below 12 years of age).
*Children below 5 years - Free.