Toy train services back after 4 months

Toy trains resumed running in the hills on Sunday after four months, with a truncated service from Siliguri to Sukna.

By BIRESWAR BANERJEE in Siliguri
  • Published 16.10.17
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Siliguri: Toy trains resumed running in the hills on Sunday after four months, with a truncated service from Siliguri to Sukna.

The resumption of services, though partially, has given tour operators some reason to cheer as the 104 days of shutdown had hit the tourism sector the hardest. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway had stopped toy train services on June 12 after the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha gave the clarion call for an indefinite strike.

The DHR has claimed it has lost Rs 3 crore in the four months. "We have started the service for the first time since the agitation just to send across the message that tourists and common people can again enjoy the historic toy train ride from Siliguri," said N.K. Narzary, the DHR director.

The train to Sukna left Siliguri at 9.18am on Sunday with a handful of passengers.

"We operated with two coaches and one diesel engine. We will inform all railway stations across the country that toy train rides have resumed. Once the number of passengers increases, we will add coaches," Nazary said.

Officials said the service would be restricted between Siliguri Junction and Sukna for the time being. The 87km-long tracks between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, hit by landslides and growth of bushes, need to be restored.#

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