DARJEELING: Darjeeling’s famous toy train is back on tracks, at last. For almost one year, the toy train – a tourist favourite as well as a heritage of the hill town – was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Formally known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), the toy train is once again running between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal from today (August 25).
According to a statement issued by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), each toy train will have 17 seats in the first class and 29 seats in the general class for passengers.
Reports also say that the NFR hopes resumption of the hill station railway services will benefit the tourism and hospitality sectors. With Bengal’s biggest festival, Durga puja, less than a month-and-half away, the resumption of the services couldn’t have come at a better time.
The COVID pandemic has severely hit the tourism sector which is now hoping to recover with covID cases seeing a dip in the country.