Darjeeling Himalayan Railway steam locomotive puffing its way

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway steam locomotive
Steam locomotive puffing its way
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as DHR is truly magical. The ride in this narrow gauge hill train is romantic. We were close to the steam locomotive in the first row of the coach next to the locomotive.  As a result, I perfectly understood what puffing meant. A steam locomotive is the ultimate multimedia experience.  Above all, this experience has so many aspects.  Steam and smoke are given. Besides that, you have sound, water droplets, coal particles and motion.

History and Route

The Toy Train runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal. It was built between 1879 and 1881, with six zig-zags and five loops. The railway line is about 88 km (55 mi) long. It climbs from 100 m at New Jalpaiguri to 2200 m at Darjeeling. 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. Furthermore, in 1999, UNESCO declared the DHR a World Heritage Site. ( Darjeeling, 2017 )  

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Milind Vishwas Sathe is the founder of Art India Foundation, a non profit organisation, which runs "Khula Aasmaan" as its flagship project. Khula Aasmaan is a platform for creative expression by children. Khula Aasmaan is free. Milind also runs Indiaart Gallery, the art portal www.indiaart.com and New Media Ventures which is a consulting firm in the area of digital strategy. He is an avid photographer and a blogger. His active interests include travel, photography, cycling, history, media and social transformation projects.

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