The Director DHR - Mr Mingyor Bhutia (left) with David Barrie, Chairman DHRS
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The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway opened in 1881. It is one of only three railways in the World designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The line from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling is 55 miles long and rises to over 7,400ft.
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A report by Hartwig Jaecks following a visit to the line at the end of April 2014
Siliguri: 801 "Tindharia" (steaming with new name and number plates)
780 "Wanderer" (cold) 791 (cold)
805 "Soldat" (cold)
Tindharia: 782 "Mountaineer" (cold)
Kurseong: 795 (cold with new blue colour)
Darjeeling: 779 "Himalayan Bird" (for special train)
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.