By N Singh Mehta
Shimla – (Jan. 8) – The Kalka –Shimla heritage train which was on its way to Shimla, suddenly caught a fire at Patta Moad near Kumarhatti in Solan district of the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh with all passengers safe as the trained railways staff extinguished the combustion immediately , said DC Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) , Indian Railways Ambala .
“Over 200 passengers were in the train when the train engine suddenly stopped and began to breathe out smoke with fire. But our trained staff immediately controlled the fire though few local people also helped during the process,” said DRM Sharma.
We have restored the train services by deploying the relief engine with all passengers safely traveling to Shimla.
The heritage train started at 12.30 PM from Kalka and the disaster occurred at 2.30 PM on curvy hill-turn near Kumarhatti.
The Kalka-Shimla toy train tracks stretch across the steepest altitude, conquering a length of 96 Kilometers upwards, through the mesmerizing Shivalik hills. It enjoys the title of being one of the highest railway routes in the country. Built in early 1900s, it makes its way through 102 tunnels and 864 bridges, gently gliding across the diverse forests of the mountains.