14 Jan 2018

NEW TRAIN BETWEEN SHIMLA-SHOGHI

NORTHERN RAILWAY CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS CREATING BETTER OPPORTUNITIES IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM SECTOR IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

FOCUS ON PROMOTING KALKA-SHIMLA HILL RAILWAYS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

MAYOR AND MP LOK SABHA OF SHIMLA ALONG WITH GENERAL MANAGER NORTHERN RAILWAY FLAG –OFF MAIDEN JOY RIDE TRAIN BETWEEN SHIMLA-SHOGHI

The Railways have always been in the forefront of Nation building by creating better Travel and Tourism opportunities in a region. In this regard Northern Railway has sought to effectively contribute towards enhancing Tourism facilities in the state of Himachal Pradesh by providing greater impetus to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kalka - Shimla Hill Railways.

Smt. Kusum Sadret, Mayor Shimla, Sh. Virender Kashyap, MP (Lok Sabha) Sh. Vishwesh Chaube, General Manager, Northern Railway, Flagged-off a maiden ‘Joy Ride Train’ (52448/52447) between Shimla and Shoghi two major tourist spots in the region Today ie. 11.01.2018. Sh. Ganesh Rakesh Sharma, Dy. Mayor, Shimla and Sh. Ganesh Dutt, State President, BJP were the distinguished guests present in the function. Sh. D.C. Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala Division and other Senior officers of Northern Railway were also present on the occasion.

The Kalka Shimla Railway is a very long-established and ambitious narrow gauge mountain railway project built by the British in India. It required a great deal of engineering development work, and took twenty years to complete, largely because of the difficult mountainous terrain and climatic conditions. The 100 km long railway line connects the towns of Kalka and Shimla. Kalka is situated at the foot hills while Shimla the erstwhile summer capital of British India and now the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, is situated at a whooping height of over 2000m in the Shivalik Region of Himalayas.

To this day the property is one of the best preserved mountain railways in India, and remains much as it was at the time of its completion. In addition to its engineering infrastructure, it has retained its stations, signalling system and more importantly its old colonial charm. On 8th July, 2008, UNESCO bestowed the World Heritage Site Tag to the Kalka – Shimla Mountain Railways in India.

Shimla blessed with an exuberant climate all throughout the year and verdant natural beauty coupled with its proximity to major North Indian cities has a huge tourist influx in all seasons. The Kalka – Shimla Train is a major tourist attraction and a trip to the region is considered incomplete without a ride on the Hill Train. To fortify the tourist facilities during the ongoing winter season the Joy Ride Train has been initiated. At present it will run for a limited time only i.e. from 11.01.2018 to 15.02.2018, between Shimla and Shoghi covering a distance of 18 Km. Train no 52448 leaves Shimla at 12:45 hrs to arrive at Shoghi at 13:50 hrs. On its return journey the Train no. 52447 leaves Shoghi at 14:20 hrs to reach Shimla at 15:30. This train will comprise of Six Executive Chair Car and one Executive Chair Car cum SLR coaches. The single side fare for the trip is Rs. 260/- and for both sides it is Rs. 520/-.