Railway introduces new train on World Heritage route

To cope up with rising number of tourists during summer season, Northern Railways is introducing special train to run on the World Heritage Kalka-Shimla route. Shimla-based Commercial Inspector of Northern Railway Amar Singh told UNI the train, 241-A Shivalik(duplicate), having seven coaches and a carrying capacity of 200 passengers, would depart from Kalka at 0630 hrs every day and it would depart down to Kalka at 1800 hrs daily. He said the train would continue to run on the track till July 30, 2010 to cater the extra rush of tourists in wake of the summer season. He said the train is already on track from last Tuesday.

He told UNI an 18-seater Rail Car-101 is being regularised on the route and it would depart to run-up from Kalka to Shimla at 0510 hrs and down from Shimla to Kalka at 1625 hrs daily. He said earlier this Rail car was casual on the route. Mr Singh informed that now Northern Railway is plying seven rail services on narrow gauge heritage route, which include rail car and recently introduced new Shivalik Coach. He said Northern Railways plans two more special trains between the stations to keep pace with the tourist flow. He said two-trains likely to be introduced shortly on the route are 253 and 255 trains.

The 100 year old 96 km long Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge has been declared World Heritage in year 2008.

— (UNI) — 22DR80.xml

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