Picture taken by Santanu Banerjee on 16 November 2014 of a ‘down’ train going along the cliff edge below Tindharia works. Work on the new temporary railway line just below the Tindharia Workshops. The replacement of the road will have to wait for the rebuilding of the hillside to right of the lower picture.
788 at Darjeeling Station taken by Santanu Banerjee in 2013
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Back in Action?? – India’s Darjeeling Himalayan Railway to Fully Open Again
After a gap of over four years normal train services are to resume on India’s world-famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR).
The 55 mile UNESCO World Heritage line was breached in mid-2010 by a severe landslip between Gayabari and Kurseong: this restricted almost all services to the upper section between Kurseong and Darjeeling. Major repairs to the railway and the parallel NH55 highway at Pagla Jhora (‘Raging Torrent’ and a notorious trouble spot) were disrupted on several occasions by further monsoon damage. Test trains ran in early December and the line was cleared for safe operation.
In September 2011 a further major landslip at Tindharia damaged the DHR workshop and severed the tracks and the NH55. The railway route was restored in March 2014 on a new formation using land from the workshop, although road repairs here are yet to be completed.
Said Paul Whittle, Vice Chairman DHRS: “Indian Railways has defied the doubters and Mother Nature and at huge cost and effort brought the DHR fully back to life again”.
A detailed report of the opening celebrations will be distributed by the end of this month. Paul Whittle - 19 January 2015