Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kalka-Shimla Railway

Route: Kalka - Barog - Dharampore - Taksai - Gamma - Solan - Shimla

Kalka-Shimla RailwayThe idea of a railway line to Shimla dates back to the introduction of railways in India. In the Delhi gazette, a correspondent in November 1847 sketched the route of a railway to Shimla with estimates of the traffic returns etc. in appropriate style. He wrote: "We might then see these cooler regions become the permanent seat of a government daily invigorated by a temperature adapted to refresh an European constitution and keep the mental powers in a state of health alike beneficial both to the rulers and the ruled."

HPTDC & Northern Railway Joint Package To Shimla Hills Itinerary
Day-1 Friday
Dep: By 2311 (Kalka Mail) at 2250 hrs from Delhi Main station in 1st AC-cum-2AC composite coach.

Day-2 Saturday
Kalka arrival at 0500 hrs. dep. from Kalka at 0600 hrs. by Rail Car/ 251UP Kalka SML Exp. Arr. Shimla at 1100 hrs. Lunch, local sight seeing at Shimla, dinner and night stay at hotel holiday home, Shimla

Day-3 Sunday
Leaving Shimla after breakfast at 0900 hrs. for sightseeing and lunch at Naldehra. Evening tea at café Lalit Chini Bungalow, Kufri. Dinner and night stay at Palace Hotel, Chail.

Day-4 Monday
Dep. Chail after breakfast at 1000 hrs. for Narkanda. Lunch, evening tea, dinner and night stay at Hotel Hatu, Narkanda.

Day-5 Tuesday
Dep. Narkanda after Breakfast at 0900 hrs. for Shimla-64 km. Arr. 1200 hrs. Lunch, evening tea at Hotel Holiday Home, Shimla.

Departure from Shimla at 1630 hrs. by rail car/252 Kalka-Shimla Exp. Arrival at Kalka 2230 hrs.

Departure from Kalka at 2330 hrs. by 2312 Kalka Mail.

Day-6 Wednesday
Arrival Delhi at 0630 hrs

Kalka Shimla Toy Train has about 07 coaches that can accommodate around 200 passengers in a single trip. The 700 horsepower B-B type diesel engines run energetically meeting the challenge of hazardous and adverse weather conditions - temperatures ranging from 0 to 45'C, heavy snowfall - average recording 2 feet during winters, and the annual rainfall of 200-250 cm, perceived by the valley. The train acquires up a moderate average speed of 25-30 km throughout its journey enabling its travelers to soak in the beauty of the picturesque valley.

Kalka-Shimla Train entering-Tunnel
 An interesting feature of the Kalka-Shimla Railway is the almost complete absence of Girder bridges. Multi arched galleries like ancient roman aqueducts being the commonest means of carrying the line over the ravines between the hills spur. There is only one 60 feet plate girder span in a Pinewood near the old engineer's bungalow at Dharampur and a steel trestle via duct, which replaced a stone gallery in 1935 in the 869 bridges representing about 3 percent of the line.

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