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All aboard the Toy Train: Darjeeling > Ghum

Toot Toot

Climbed aboard and grabbed a seat aboard this charming narrow-gauge vintage steam engine train. It's the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and was one of the highlights and attractions for me to do this trip. I wasn’t disappointed … not that I am a train spotter!

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the DHR or Toy Train, is a 2ft / 610 mm narrow-gauge railway based on zig zag and loop-line technology which runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, with six zig-zags and five loops, the railway is about 88km / 55 mile long. Its elevation varies from about 100m / 328ft at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200m / 7,218ft at Darjeeling. Although four diesel locomotives handle most scheduled service, the daily tourist trains (from Darjeeling to Ghum—India's highest railway station—and the Red Panda, from Darjeeling to Kurseong) and steam-enthusiast specials are hauled by vintage British-built B-Class steam locomotives. The railway's headquarters are in Kurseong.

On 2 December 1999, UNESCO declared the DHR a World Heritage Site. Two more railway lines were later added, and the site became known as the mountain railways of India. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darjeeling_Himalayan_Railway

https://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_000089.htm

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Ken - 2ft wide guage

Ken - 2ft wide guage

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How close we were to the people going about their day to day life as well as the vehicles and buildings at the side of the 2 foot wide track.

Ken, Joe, Bruce, Ngaire, Sally, Robyn, Ken, Tova

Ken, Joe, Bruce, Ngaire, Sally, Robyn, Ken, Tova

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Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&biw=1536&bih=734&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=0XqzWtPiNuqF0wLV-ZWoBw&q=toy+train+darjeeling&oq=toy+tr+darjeeling&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i7i30k1l4j0i7i5i30k1j0i8i7i30k1l5.4928.6716.0.8921.6.6.0.0.0.0.263.1196.2-5.5.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..1.5.1195...0i8i30k1.0.d2S-ZcrKvWw

The interior of the train carriages:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&biw=1536&bih=734&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=5HqzWrDiFaaG0wKmg76QDw&q=toy+train+darjeeling+interior&oq=toy+train+interior+darjeeling&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i8i30k1.3317.5195.0.6765.9.9.0.0.0.0.348.1282.2-4j1.5.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..4.5.1277...0i13k1j0i7i5i30k1j0i8i7i30k1j0i13i5i30k1.0.t3NToAh3GaY

Posted by bruceontour 00:07 Archived in India Tagged train unesco toy_train world_heritage_site darjeeling_himalayan_railway dhr

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