If you are travelling by a train from Kalka to Shimla, your journey is going to be different. Through pines, you can hop on and hop off at will. The Indian Railways on Thursday would be introducing the new service on UNESCO-declared World Heritage Kalka-Shimla section. The service will be introduced for six months on trial basis on all trains running on Kalka-Shimla section. The introduction of this service will enable the tourist to visit all the places of tourist’s interest of Kalka – Shimla section, on a single ticket. Under the service the passengers can board any coach of any train subject to availability of seats, they can board order-board at or from any station in all trains.
However, the passengers will not be entitled to avail other paid or value-added services in the train. The tickets can be purchased at any station of the Kalka Shima section. A passenger will be required to submit a photocopy of an Identity proof at the time of the booking, original of which will have to be produced by the passenger on demand. If a passenger fails to produce the copy of the original ID, he will be deemed as a passenger without ticket. The tickets of the service will be non-transferable and non-refundable. The fare structure and validity period of ticket for a single day the full fare for the adult is Rs 500 where as for a child it is Rs 250. While the two-day validity charges for full fare is Rs 800 while for a child is Rs 400, for a period of three days the charges fixed is Rs 1000 for full fare and Rs 500 for a child. Five trains run on the Kalka Shimla railway track and all are categorized as toy trains.The Kalka-Shimla narrowgauge lines traverses a mostly mountainous route presenting dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages. The railway was built in 1898 to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj with the rest of the Indian rail system. During its construction, 107 tunnels and 864 bridges were built along the route. The project’s chief engineer was H. S. Harington. Its early locomotives were manufactured by Sharp, Stewart and Company Larger locomotives were introduced, which were manufactured by Hunslet Engine Company Diesel and diesel-hydraulic locomotives began operation in 1955 and 1970, respectively. In 2007, the Himachal Pradesh government declared the railway a heritage property. For about a week, beginning on 11 September 2007, a UNESCO team visited the railway to inspect it for possible selection as a World Heritage On 8 July 2008, it became part of mountain railways of India World Heritage Site with the Darjeeling Himalayan and Nilgiri Mountain Railways.
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