Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Adopts Classic Signs, New Trains and Booking Counters

The three new toy train services between Darjeeling and Ghoom that would be introduced by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on September 10 will be hauled by steam engines.

Pranav Jyoti Sharma, the chief public relations officer of Northeast Frontier Railway, said the additional rides are being introduced to cater to the increasing demand of tourists for steam-hauled coaches.

"The DHR runs six tourist trains, three diesel-powered and the rest steam-driven, between Darjeeling and Ghoom. With the introduction of the three train services, there will be nine joyrides every day between Darjeeling and Ghoom. Out of nine trains, six will be steam-driven and three will be diesel trains. The joyrides will start from Darjeeling and cover the 6km distance to Ghoom and end in Darjeeling," said Sharma.

The official said each diesel locomotive hauls three coaches and each steam loco pulls two. "The nine trains will haul as many as 21 coaches during the peak season," the CPRO said.

He added: "Of late, DHR has been facing many challenges in the form of frequent landslides during rainy season, especially in areas near Paglajhora and Tindharia. Preservation and conservation of the serviced is being undertaken by the NFR."

Joy Train Ride Booking Facilities Improved at Darjeeling station.

A separate counter was opened at Darjeeling Station for Joy Train bookings and inquiries. Passenger reservation requisition forms have been redesigned to simplify the procedure.Opening of extra booking counter at Darjeeling station for DHR ‘Toy Train’ information and reservations, separate from BG reservation has helped tourists to avoid the general PRS  booking counter queue saving their valuable time. This has offered tourist passengers a quicker service and reduce delays

Smart Signages

a.      DHR has promoted its heritage and tourist appeal by erecting a uniform design of heritage-style signs.
b.      “Welcome / Thank You” boards at all tourist locations.
Stations and prominent landmarks en-route have illustrated information boards with both DHR and local history.

[With inputs from Telegraph] TheDC


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