Trains back on Kalka-Shimla world heritage railway

September 26th, 2008 - 12:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Sep 26 (IANS) All the five trains were back on the world heritage Kalka-Shimla rail line in Himachal Pradesh Friday morning, a senior railway official said.The rail traffic remained disrupted during the last six days as heavy rain had damaged the tracks at various points.

“The traffic on the 96-km-long narrow gauge railroad was restored this (Friday) morning,” Shimla station superintendent P.S. Gill told IANS.

The five trains - 1-KS, 251, 241, 253 and 256 - plying between Kalka in Haryana and Shimla, the capital of the hill state, had to be suspended due to massive landslides between Shimla and Koti railway stations. The worst hit was Kainthlighat area where a 25-metre stretch of track was damaged.

The century-old rail line built in the British era has been chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation as a world heritage site.

The scenic journey along the rail line from 640 metres above sea level at Kalka to Shimla at 2,060 metres attracts large number of tourists every year.

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