Kalka Shimla Toy Train is one of the most scenic train journeys in India which was built by British in 1903 to provide access their summer capital Shimla. The Kalka Shimla railway line is not only popular for its scenic beauty but also for history related to its construction as well. 96 kilometers railway line not only connects Kalka and Shimla but also passes through 20 picturesque stations, 102 tunnels, more than 800 bridges and 900 curves. This railway line is designed in such a way that its wheel do not skid during heavy rains. Due to these facts on 2nd July 2008 UNESCO’s world heritage decided to add Kalka Shimla Railway to world heritage list and later on 9th November 2008 it was officially declared by UNESCO.
The average speed of train is 22 kilometer per hours. The longest tunnel which stretches for more than one kilometer is near the mail railway station at Barog, which was named after Engineer Colonel Barog who earlier dug tunnel from both end and was unable to align both end and was fined Rupee 1 for this. And due to shame he committed suicide inside the incomplete tunnel.
Station between Kalka and Shimla are Taksal, Gumman, Koti, Sonwara, Dharampur, Kumarhatti, Barog, Solan, Salogra, Kandaghat, Kanoh, Kathleeghat, Shogi, Taradevi, Totu and Summer Hill.
For train schedule and fare one can visit official website of Indian Railway IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited)
List of Toy Trains from Kalka to Shimla with number:
- 52457 – Kalka Shimla NG Passenger.
- 72451 – Kalka Shimla Rail Motor.
- 52451 – Shivalik Deluxe Express.
- 52453 – Kalka Shimla NG Express.
- 52455 – Himalayan Queen.