The ninety-one feet long Bengal Nagpur Railways' Garratt was the biggest locomotive in India and Asia. This marvel occupies pride of place at the National Rail Museum, with the Hasang, India's smallest locomotive. Here's a closer look at these two powerhouses.
The Garratt was also used by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The DHR Garratt was, in fact, the first true Garratt and had an extraordinary reversing gear.
It was given a class 'D', with the engine numbered 31. It had a wheel arrangement of 0-4-0+0-4-0, Beyer Peacock No. 5407 of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
(Photo courtesy: “Renovation-Revival of a Garratt Locomotive", Saibal Bose and Subhasis Ganguly.)