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Heritage train rolls in Darjeeling

Correspondent

Guwahati, October 17, 2017: Northeast Frontier Railway has partially resorted world heritage train service in restive Darjeeling in north Bengal after a halt of 127 days. Arson and destruction of railway properties during violent protests forced the authorities to suspend the narrow gauge train popularly known as ‘toy train’. 

NFR CPRO Pranav Jyoti Sharma informed that a special train has been launched between Siliguri and Sukna forests following repair, maintenance and restoration of track. “Restoration work in remaining 87-km section is going on and train running would resume in a few days”, he added.

On journey schedules he said the daily service of UNESCO declared world heritage train to leave Sukna at 10.45am and to arrive at Siliguri at 10.50am. The train under Darjeeling Himalayan Railway division is equipped with three first class coaches catering mostly domestic and international tourists.

Only commercially existing narrow gauge train which featured in many Indian and global cinemas was stopped on June 11 this year after damages caused to the train and railway properties during violent agitation in Darjeeling area to press local issues.

NFR officials said suspension of train service entailed a loss of Rs 3.8 crore while loss owing to damages was not assessed yet. The restoration work got underway after indefinite strike in hills was withdrawn on September 27.