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Keeping alive the fervour and romance of a bygone era, the World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) completed 125 years of its existence today. The Toy Train, which started its maiden voyage in this serene Himalayan valley on 23 August 1880, has been synonymous with the spectacular Darjeeling Hills. And during these 125 years of it’s existence, there were many significant developments that influenced the mesmerising joy ride, albeit retaining the romance more or less intact.
The picture that you see here is one of the oldest steam engines in the world, and as you can see it's still up and running. This type of 'B' class steam engines known as the Saddle Tanks have served the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway throughout its 125 years of existence. This particular engine was built by the North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow and is almost a century old.
Rated amongst the world's most magical railways, the Darjeeling line displays engineering ingenuity in its layout, sterling character in its running and remarkable resilience in its ability to keep steaming into the new millennium. The Guinness Railway Book describes the DHR's ascent, looping and curving its way up the mountain, as 'one of the world's most spectacular' rail journeys. The DHR has secured the World Heritage Status in 1999. DHR is a piece of inspirational railway engineering. A tiny locomotive engine heaves its way up a near-vertical mountain, hauling daily its trainload of men and materials up a climb of over 2,000 meters. And then there is the invigorating scenery around Darjeeling. The sensational view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, comes as the finest climax to any journey. The 2,112 meters (6,927 feet) gain in height from New Jalpaiguri - a railway station servicing Siliguri - to Darjeeling, a distance of 88 kms, might be slow but it is never tedious. The dramatic scenery and the audacity of the smoke-spewing locomotive turn this outing into an adventure.
I have posted two WS to give you different views of this great railway.
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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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