Steam locomotive at Darjeeling puffing its way

Steam locomotive of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is truly magical.  A vintage steam locomotive pulls this narrow gauge toy train.  In 1999, UNESCO declared the DHR a World Heritage Site.

Steam locomotive of DHR

We were close to the steam locomotive in the first row of the coach next to the loco.  As a result, I perfectly understood what puffing meant. A steam locomotive is the ultimate multimedia experience.  Furthermore, this experience has several dimensions.  Steam and smoke are given. In addition to that, you get 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

The recognition as a world heritage site by UNESCO has added to the charm of this railway system. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway draws tourists and railway enthusiasts from all over the world. ( Darjeeling, 2017 )  

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Milind Vishwas Sathe

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. View all posts by Milind Vishwas Sathe

3 thoughts on “Steam locomotive at Darjeeling puffing its way”

  1. I have travelled in this train on two separate occasions and a similar one to Ooty as well. Closer home, we have the Matheran railway though I doubt that they now use the steam engine.

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