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Darjeeling Toy Train To Run Again From Christmas

December 20, 2014

Darjeeling Toy Train Running Again

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Darjeeling | Saturday, Dec 20 2014:  After nearly four years the ‘toy train’ of the World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is set to run again from the Christmas day.

Senior officials of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) today said the toy train services between Siliguri Junction and Darjeeling would resume on December 25.

Divisional railway manager of Katihar division of North Eastern Frontier Railway Arun Kumar Sharma said, “restoration work on all the damaged stretches has finished. We also ran the toy train on trial basis after completion of the work and have found things to be satisfactory,’

Sources in the heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) said new railway tacks had been laid, test drive completed and clearance from the Railway Safety Commissioner received.

Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway is about 78 km from Siliguri at the base of the Himalayas to Darjeeling. DHR was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.

A landslide at Paglajhora on June 14, 2010 brought to a halt the train services between Siliguri and Kurseong. Although services were maintained between Siliguri to Gayabari, another landslide on the highway at Tindharia in September 2011 further shortened the service till Rongtong.

The Toy Train, which started its maiden voyage on August 23, 1880, has been synonymous with the picturesque Darjeeling Hills.

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