The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, no. 7406570.

Registered office: 9 Wardo Avenue, London SW6 6RA

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To promote awareness of, interest in and support  for the
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

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779 Himalayan Bird on route out of Darjeeling

Photo by Paul Howard - November 2016.

Web site updates

22/08/2017 - New book about DHR 19B on sale, see
Darjeeling Mail Issue 79 added.
DHRS Events updated

13/07/2017 - Pictures from the 2017 AGM added

30/06/2017 - Darjeeling Mail Issue 78 added.
DHRS Events updated

09/06/2017 - Financial Report for 2016 added to AGM page

16/12/2016 - UNESCO School Comp. Report >–

11/12/2016 - Updates to Education Group; New photos by Paul Howard; Darjeeling Mail Issue 76 added

10/04/2016 - DHRS Archive pages changed

09/04/2016 - Membership categories details, see Membership page


All services on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) have been suspended indefinitely since 12 June due to political agitation and unrest in the region – an intensification  of the campaign for the area of the Darjeeling Hills to be split off from West Bengal into an independent state in India called Gorkahland.

Local militant  protest has led to widespread unrest with several fatalities, arson attacks on government vehicle and buildings, and the deployment of army and other security forces. An indefinite strike has effectively closed Darjeeling for all normal activity and local internet services are currently suspended.

Despite its World Heritage listing the DHR has not been immune to the troubles. The station at Gayabari has been destroyed by arson attacks, and Sonada station and the DHR HQ Elysia building at Kurseong have been badly damaged by fire.

Said Paul Whittle, Vice Chairman DHRS “With no immediate resolution in prospect, there is clearly a threat of more damage to the railway. We are in constant dialogue with Indian Railways and UNESCO as to how the DHR can be safeguarded in the present troubled situation”.

22/08/2017 - Still no improvement in the situation.

Travel Information page  Updated 15/06/2017
New Timetable effective from 28 May 2017 (But not in operation)
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DHR bags Top Heritage Award for DHR B-Class Steam Locomotive
See report at

New promotional video of the DHR
'The magical train story: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway'
by the Australian agency in Sydney who are working with India, Tourism Sydney (part of Incredible India) to increase awareness of/ encourage tourism to India.

Late afternoon outside Darjeeling Shed - 805 & 786.
Photo by Paul Howard - November 2016.