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Kalka-Shimla special trains today onwards

Indo-Asian News Service  Shimla, May 15, 2014
First Published: 10:29 IST(15/5/2014) | Last Updated: 10:36 IST(15/5/2014)

Two special trains will run on the Kalka-Shimla railway, declared a world heritage site, Thursday onwards to meet the tourist rush, an official said on Wednesday.

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Currently, six trains are running are between Kalka in Haryana and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. One special train will depart from the Kalka station at 6.30am, and another at 12.45pm.

Each toy train, as it is popularly known, has seven coaches and can accommodate nearly 200 passengers, a railway official told IANS.

More than a century-old, the 96km narrow-gauge railway line was built to ferry Europeans between Kalka and Shimla, thethen summer capital of British India.

In 2009, the Kalka-Shimla railway was declared a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

It takes nearly five hours to complete a one-way journey between the two terminals. There are 102 tunnels on the railway line.

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