World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Toy Train Derails; All Passengers Safe

by Sushmita Mahanta
World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Toy Train Derails; All Passengers Safe

The World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Toy Train derailed around 11 am on Sunday near Tara Devi between Shimla and Shoghi. There were fewer passengers on board and according to reports all are safe. The railcar was on its way from Kalka to Shimla when the incident occurred. Kalka Shimla Railway, a 96.6-kilometer long single track was built in the mid-19th century to provide services to the highland town. According to Station Superintendent, Shimla Railway Station, Joginder Singh, the track was closed down soon after and three trains were canceled because of the incident. The restoration work is underway and the track is expected to be repaired soon. However, the reason for the derailing of the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train remains unknown.

Track Is Closed For Restoration After Kalka-Shimla Toy Train Derails, All Passengers Safe

On August 28, 2022, ANI news took to Twitter to report the incident of the detailing of the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train. They wrote, “Himachal Pradesh | Two trains canceled after rail car derailed near Tara-Devi on Kalka-Shimla railway track at around 11 am today. All passengers are safe, the track is currently closed for movement. Restoration work underway: Joginder Singh, Station Supt, Shimla Railway Station.” Sources later revealed that there were eight passengers on the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train, and all of them are safe. After the train derailed, the track was closed for restoration to start. Later Station Superintendent, Shimla Railway Station, Joginder Singh revealed that the track was repaired by the evening.

The Kalka-Shimla Track Earlier Saw Closed Train Services Due To Landslides

On Sunday, the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train derailed which led to the closing down of the train track which further led to the delay of trains. But this isn’t the first time that the train track was closed down and Trains were delayed. Trains were delayed on the Kalka-Shimla track on many occasions during the ongoing monsoon season due to consistent landslides and the falling of trees. The 2 ft 6 in narrow-gauge Kalka–Shimla track in North India traverses a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. The track is famous for its scintillating views of the hills and surrounding villages.

Kalka-Shimla toy train

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