Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Passing a fruit shop in Darjeeling
Commercial operations
Built byFranklin Prestage
Original gauge2 ft (610 mm)
Preserved operations
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byNortheast Frontier Railway
Length88 km
Commercial history
Preservation history

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the DHR or the Toy Train, is a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge railway that goes between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal.[1] Built between 1879 and 1881, it is about 88 km (55 mi) long. It climbs from about 100 m (328 ft) above sea level at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 m (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling, using six zig zags and five loops to gain altitude. Six diesel locomotives move most of the scheduled service, with daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghum – India's highest railway station – and the steam-hauled Red Panda service from Darjeeling to Kurseong. Steam train specials are hauled by older British-built B-Class steam locomotives. The railway's headquarters are at Kurseong.

On 5 December 1999, UNESCO named the DHR a World Heritage Site.[2] Two more railway lines were later added, and the site became known as one of the mountain railways of India.

References[change | change source]

  1. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways dhr.indianrailways.gov.in. Retrieved 30 August 2021
  2. "Mountain Railways of India". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 30 April 2006.