Northern Rly to run spl trains to cater to summer rush to Shimla
Northern Railways which had already decided to run additional fleet of trains in the region decided to runs two more trains to this hill resort from tomorrow onwards.
'Two special trains will run on the Kalka-Shimla railway, declared the World Heritage, from Thursday to meet the tourist rush', an official said here today.
NR was running fleet of six trains to and fro between Kalka in Haryana and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh and each train on Pathankot-Jogindernagar route daily.
One special train would leave Kalka station at 0630 hrs while another at 1245 hrs daily.
Each toy train having seven boogies could accommodate about 200 passengers,
This railway line built up for imperial Raj day Officers during this capital town as Summer capital is more than 100 years old and 96-km-long narrow gauge rail line has about 102 tunnels and many bridges along the slopes of hills was declared world heritage site by the UNESCO in 2009.
Draged once by Coal based locomotive was powered by diesel engine takes about five hours to complete a one-way journey between the two stations. This train journey elevates tourist from height of 656 meter up to 2200 meter in the height.
This capital town draws highest number of tourists annually as it witnesses more than 35 lakh tourists every year during summer season and footfall of tourists increases substantially who opt railways for their upward and downward journey.
As it is a source of recreations itself not only for its historical past but the track was surrounded by oak, pine and Rhododendron forest along the pasture which is lush green adding to its beauty with cool and greenry all round.
(Posted on 15-05-2014)