On the 17th of December 2018, a new entry maker toy train in Darjeeling Himalayan Railway after a long wait of 137 years has been introduced as its first ever evening daily toy train on this Monday.
With a route of few, kilometers the narrow-gauge train will not cover a very long distance. It will only cover 18km between Siliguri Junction and Rongtong at 4 meters.
Pranav Jyoti Sharma, the spokesperson of Northeast Frontier Railway also in short known as NFR, told the Hindu in their statement, “The steam evening safari leaves Siliguri Junction at 3 p.m. to reach Rongtong at 4:20 p.m. with a 10-minute stoppage at Sukna station in between. The break is for tourists to visit the DHR museum at Sukna station. The train returns from Rongtong after a 25-minute halt for refreshment and engine reversal.”
Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relation Officer, further told to the IANS, “There will be one dining car and one first class coach. The seating capacity of the dining car is 12 and that of the first class is 17. The up and down fare for the journey by first class is Rs 1000 and in the dining car the fare is Rs 1200. The train will have snacks, tea and other ready to serve items onboard on payment basis. Manual booking of tickets for round trips can be made at the originating station.”
Reportedly, the first ever toy train consist of a first-class coach along with that a dining car with an onboard catering service. With a seating capacity is 29. And as per The Hindu, DHR tagged a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1999, is under operational control of the same NFR.
NFR officials said, “the Railway Ministry has delegated more powers to the divisional railway managers and director of each of the five heritage hill railways of Indian Railways for enhancing their tourist potential and scientific preservation.”