Another affectionate name of The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the ‘Toy Train’ is a narrow gauge line that is 2ft in width and runs between Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri was built in September 1881. In the year of 1999 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the second railway in the world after Simmering Railway of Austria was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It represents the engineering skills and a source of delight for the young and old and thus the railway line from Siliguri to Darjeeling is considered as engineering feat. The line is laid approximately on the same alignment as the Hill Cart road criss- crosses the line at many other locations. The actual climb starts from Sukna confronting steep highlights and curves all the way long passing through the dense forest moving down the hill slopes and at places where a clear path is unavailable.
The climb is through 5 reverses, 3 loops that include the famous Batasia Loop between Ghoom and Darjeeling. Beside this the section has 498 minor, 5 major bridges and 177 unmanned level crossings with 14 stations like New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling with an average inter distance of 6 to 7km. Ghoom is the world’s second highest railway station to be reached by steam locomotive.
DHR is a work of great technological achievement of 1881 which has social and cultural importance with beautiful and outstanding universal appeal.