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A report by Hartwig Jaecks following a visit to the line at the end of April 2014

Locomotives

Siliguri:
801 "Tindharia" (steaming with new name and number plates)

780 "Wanderer" (cold)
791 (cold)

792"Hawkeye" (steaming)

805 "Soldat" (cold)

NDM6605 (running)

Tindharia:
782 "Mountaineer" (cold)

Kurseong:
795 (cold with new blue colour)

Darjeeling:
779 "Himalayan Bird" (for special train)

788 "Tusker" (steaming with Toy Trains)

802 "Victor" (steaming)

804 "Queen of the hills" (cold)

NDM6 601 (running with Toy Trains)

NDM6 604 (train to Kurseong)

Trains

21/4/2014: 1. chartered steam train Siliguri Junction - Rangtong (792)

21/4/2014: 2. chartered train Rangtong - Gayabari (NDM6 605)

22/4/2014: 3. chartered steam train Kurseong- Darjeeling (779)

23/4/2014: train Darjeeling - Kurseong 10.15 - 13.10 (NDM6 601),

Train Kurseong - Mahanadi around 13.30 - 14.45 (NDM6 601),

Train Kurseong - Darjeeling 15.00 - 17.50 (NDM6 601)

24/4/2014: Toy Train Darjeeling-Ghum (Diesel, no steam)

25/4/2014: 4. chartered steam train Darjeeling- Mahanadi (779)

25/4/2014: 5. chartered steam train Gayabari - Siliguri Junction (792)


In Siliguri I could see three new coaches with blue and cream colours and a special lettering.
All seats were still protected by plastic films

It seems that these coaches will be part of the new train called "Red Panda", which will run at weekends between Darjeeling and Kurseong. It will be a very delightful! train!
Many other coaches I could see in Siliguri are in a very good condition with new colours etc.

I visited the landslip near Pagla Jhora, 2 excavators were operating and about 12 workers building up foundations. No car tried to pass the landslip.
It will
be a long time to see a new track for the DHR.
On the new alignment at Tindharia we travelled twice: up by Diesel and down by steam.
Road repairs at this point could not be seen.


Hartwig Jaecks