Darjeeling: The Railways will restore the heritage value of the century-old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), widely known as toy train, Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has said. New coaches would be added to the toy train which climbs 2,000 metres from the plains of New Jalpaiguri and air-conditioned coaches would also be introduced, he said.
Lohani said,”This is an important line for us. It is a world heritage site. We know its importance. It is familiar to tourists around the world.”
Lohani said,”We will restore the heritage value of the toy train. We will also study what is now lacking in this line and we will try to improve it.”
The DHR was the first in India to get the world heritage tag, he added.
UNESCO had awarded the DHR a world heritage status in 1999.
Lohani said, the Railways would lay emphasis on reviving the steam engines which were very popular among the tourists.
Built between 1879 & 1881, with zigzags and 5 loops, the DHR is aroundt 88-km long and is a top draw for tourists.