Toy Train Continues Attracting Tourists to Shimla

Owing to a proposal for the construction of a rail line, Shimla came into the limelight just after the commencement of railways in India. Before the beginning of the real work, intensive surveys were carried out. In the year 1884, the first of these surveys was carried out and the very next year, another one was made. In the year 1887, the preparation of a project report, on the basis of the results got from these two surveys, was made before the government of India. The preference of an adhesion line for the route to the rack system was made after a lot of brainstorming. In the starting, the breadth of the rail line was supposed to be of only two feet when the contract was signed in the year 1898. Somehow, after this, the narrow gauge was grown to be the standard 2 feet six inches broad with the insistence of the authorities of the army. Finally, the route was opened for traffic in the year 1903.

Toy Train Shimla

A seating arrangement of 120 passengers is made by the Shivalik Deluxe Express. The coaches of this train are well-furnished with wall to wall carpets and glass windows adding the overall look. In addition to these, an engrossing ambiance is created by the light music playing in the background. To finish a journey from Kalka to Shimla, the train takes approx four and a half hours. En route, the train crosses 20 railway stations, 103 tunnels, 919 curves and 969 bridges. Besides few stations, the train rapidly runs past other stations. The train stops at the Barong station for 15 minutes in order to allow the passengers to alight and take the enjoyment of some snacks in the restaurant, which is considered as one of the best ones at any hill station in India.


Enriched with magnetic beauty, the total journey of the toy train covers its length of 96.6kms. The rail track, which rises from Kalka at an altitude of 640 meters, gets Shimla at a height of 2060 meters. To allow the passengers to take the enjoyment of the spellbinding beauty around, the train twists its way uphill slowly. The best of the scenes around can be enjoyed at Kushalya River, Koti, Barog, Kanoh and Jabli at a height of 1,240 meters. Only 4 out of 103 tunnels, that the train passes through, are long. The train takes approx 3 minutes to pass through the Barog Tunnel fully. Koti, Tara Devi and Tunnel No. 103 are comprised under the other three important tunnels.

Toy Train

Toy Train

Spread over Shimla, Solan & Panchkula, districts of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, the states in North-west India, Kalka-Shimla Railway – KSR (Shimla-Kalka Toy Train) has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Shimla-Kalka Toy Train ride is regarded as one of the main tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh state. By booking Shimla Honeymoon Packages, you can get the chance of enjoying this attraction.


Because of the things mentioned above, it is proved that Toy Train is counted among the top tourist attractions in Shimla. It provides the tourists the chance of taking the fine glimpse of the picturesque charm of this hill station. Toy Train is the attraction, which keeps drawing the attention of tourists to Shimla. The tourists, who want to go to Shimla to enjoy the tour, can book Shimla Tour Packages.

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2 Responses

  1. Hope says:

    I haven’t board on the Toy train but I have a wish to explore the beauty of Shimla through this heritage train.

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