Indian Railways is poised to deploy three new toy trains in Himachal Pradesh for the first time in 118 years. The trains would be deployed on the Shimla-Kalka route by the end of the year, according to reports.
A railway official told that the coaches for the Kalka-Shimla toy trains are built at the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala.
Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB), a German firm, designed the new train’s carriages.
Moreover, there will be 30 new-generation LHB coaches for the new trains with a small gauge of 765 mm.
Features of the toy trains
In AC coaches, 180-degree rotatable chair seats will be available, whereas GS coaches will have a flip-type seating layout.
CCTVs, two emergency alarm push buttons per coach, a passenger announcement system, a passenger information system, WiFi for infotainment, and a sink-in LED destination board will all be included on the train, according to an official.
In the case of individual or group bookings, the new Kalka-Shimla toy trains will allow for changes in seating layouts.
The coaches will be Vistadome coaches, which will include a larger panoramic view, windows with VLT adjustable curved glass in the ceiling, bodyside bi-foldable doors, a sound and vibration damp floating floor, and LED-based lighting.
The new trains will run on the British-built 96.6-kilometer narrow-gauge rails, which were completed in 1903.
Apart from Kalka-Shimla, Indian railway toy trains include the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Tamil Nadu), the Matheran Hill Railway, and the Kangra Valley Railway (Himachal Pradesh).
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