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

Pictures from 2019 Schools Awareness Program

Photos from 2019 AGM
 - 2019 AGM Minutes

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Link to the new Indian
IRCTC Tourism web site

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Travel information

New book  The Incredible ‘B’ Class

New book - BACK ON TRACK – Restoring Darjeeling's Railway

New book about DHR 19B

The Incredible 'B' Class
At last, the definitive story of Darjeeling's 'B' Class Locomotive

The history, build details and operating practices, and it includes detailed plans for model makers too. It expands considerably on the knowledge base we have from previous publications and will prove to be the definitive work on this iconic class of locomotives which have worked on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway since 1889! Written by David Churchill, probably the world’s foremost authority on Darjeeling Locomotives, it balances diligent research with information from the DHRS archive and the support of friends with specific expertise. The book also covers the locomotives initially delivered to the Raipur Forest Tramway and those subsequently sold to Coal India to work at Tipong in Assam. No-one with an interest in the DHR or the surrounding area should be without it.

Gloss laminated soft cover with 128 pages
with SEWN BINIDINGS, 282 x 210mm.

Price £22.50 plus postage. UK £3.00, EC £6.50 Rest of World £9.00

President DHRS Adrian Shooter presents author David Churchill with the first copy of the Society’s latest publication –
the definitive story of the iconic DHR ‘B’ Class fleet.

New Google Arts & Culture page with stories about DHRS

The DHR and COVID-19

Please note that due to COVID 19, a lot of overseas orders via our shopping web site are taking a very long time to pass through the postal services, particularly USA / North America and Indian subcontinent. Please do not order books and large items at the moment unless you are prepared to wait some weeks.

At present, Darjeeling is closed to tourists and non-residents, and as a result of this, all trains on the DHR have been suspended.  The timeline has run as follows

March 18th: Batasia Loop was closed to external access, in common with most of the other heritage sites in India, including the Taj Mahal

March 19th: The Darjeeling area was closed to tourists and non-residents.  Those already in the area were allowed to leave, but new arrivals were being turned back at Ghum.  This was the first day of an unofficial lockdown in Siliguri where we received strong advice not to leave the hotel grounds. Life on the street outside were MUCH quieter than usual.

March 20th: The lockdown was still unofficial, but it was permissible to leave the hotel by bus or taxi to Bagdogra airport, which was still open and domestic flights were still operational.

March 21st: the last day on which international flights were allowed to land in India. Since then, it has been impossible to leave India by air.  Land borders have also been closed.

March 24th: India announces the formal 21 day lockdown covering the whole country.

March 25th: Indian Railways announce that no passenger trains will run.

The lockdown and rail suspension is extended to the end of June, there is no indication that it will cease on that date.