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.

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Mysore Maharaja to develop Kabini rail bridge as tourist site

New Delhi (PTI): With the aim to conserve and promote heritage properties, Indian Railways is joining hands with Maharaja of Mysore to develop the 270-year-old Kabini bridge lying abandoned near Mysore as a tourist spot.

“We will sign an agreement with Maharaja of Mysore who has shown interest in the Kabini project to convert the oldest rail bridge as a tourist spot as part of our harnessing the heritage programme,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Railways had sought the help of corporate houses through Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for developing the 270-year-old Kabini railway bridge in Karnataka, which is currently lying unused, as a tourist site.

Built in brick, sand and stone with Gothic style arches, the bridge across the Kabini river is situated between Tandavpura and Nanjangud town stations on the Mysore-Chamarajnagar section. It has been rendered redundant in the wake of gauge conversion of the Mysore-Nanjangud section.

Railways has suggested commissioning of a restaurant and a heritage gallery in the metre-gauge coaches to be placed on the Kabini bridge, besides developing some colourful play stations for children on a public-private participation model.

“We will not invest any money in the project but allow the Maharaja to develop the property with certain guidelines,” said the official.