World heritage route
The Indian Railways has announced operation of Rail Motor Car as a regular train service. This includes the Kalka-Shimla-Kalka train as well. The Kalka-Shimla railway track has been classified as a ‘world heritage route.’ It completed its 127th anniversary recently on November 9, 2020, as train services on this track started on November 9, 1903.
A brief history
The Kalka–Shimla railway traverses a mostly-mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. It is known for 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.
Stopping at Barog
The Kalka-Shimla rail motor car train has a total of 14 seats per coach and it travels at a speed of 40 km/hour. The rail motor will run 7 days a week and will only stop at the Barog railway station in Solan.