Steam Engine


  • Steam Engine 1 - CopyThe’ – Steam Engine – KC 520 : This Engine is one of the first Steam Engines running on this track. Manufactured by North British Locomotive Company – England in 1906, KC 520 kept pulling bogies up and down till 1971 when it was withdrawn from service. The railway track completed its one hundred years in 2003 and this engine was restored to be used for the tourists.

    It can be hired for a group of maximum thirty passengers traveling together. Three bogies can be attached to it to run between Shimla and Kanoh railway station, that is 23 kilometers from Shimla. Following are the details of the Bogies that can be attached to the Steam engine.



    Jharokha

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    Jharokha Means – A Window. Jharokha Coach actually fulfills the meaning of its name. With two open balconies, fenced with steel bars, at both its end, Jharokha a newly introduced coach to be attached to a charter train or to a steam engine actually provides the real fun of traveling on this hill railway.

    Min. Passengers : 02
    Max. Passengers : 08

    These are two interconnected cars with a capacity of ten and twelve passengers respectively. These coaches can be hired by a group of maximum 22 passengers and can be attached to the steam Engine or a regular train. The coached have cushioned seats with slide windows and attached facilities.

    Min. Passengers : 04
    Max. Passengers : 30

    These are two interconnected cars with a capacity of ten and twelve passengers respectively. These coaches can be hired by a group of maximum 22 passengers and can be attached to the steam Engine or a regular train. The coached have cushioned seats with slide windows and attached facilities.

    Min. Passengers : 04
    Max. Passengers : 30



    Trip Category

    Steam Engine


    Number of Participants

    Minimum 04 and Maximum 30


    Trip Duration

    3 hours.



  • 10.00 am : We meet you at your hotel and then drive to the Railway Station.

    Shimla Railway Station Originally built in 1903 with just a small shed, Shimla lost the building of its railway station in 1941 due to a heavy snow fall. The present one was built after that. The building of the station is a prefabricated structure majorly standing on iron girders and roof top covered with corrugated sheets.

    IMG-20160202-WA0008Here the steam train waits for us to board. But before that we take a short walk around the railway station and know little about the history of this place. Mr. Sanjay Gera, the Station Suprintendant is a perfect host and you would surprise to know that Sanjay has been a major part of the documentary made by BBC about Mountain Railway in India, in 2009. That time Sanjay was the Assistant Station Master. We are in hands and before we board the train Sanjay narrates the history of Kalka Shimla Railway, commonly known as KSR.

    Chhuk… Chhukk…. Chhukkkk.. . . . . Chhuk, Chhhhhuukkkk chhhuukkkk . . Koooooooooo. Kooo…. Kooooooooooooo. . The engine hoots andthe guard blows the whistle and shows the Green Flag to the driver. train moves towards it destination. It starts at a snails’s pace and after leaving the platform it snarls through a forest before it enters the first tunnel.

    Some of the Important stations on the way are Summer Hill, that was especially built for the Viceroy and the Administration. The Viceroy would get off the train here to ride uphill to his Lodge. The second railway station is Jutogh that was built majorly for the Army to serve its nearby cantonment.

    The journey continues and traveling through the tunnels, over the bridges, through the Himalayan villages, dotted on the landscape, railway stations and teh Himalayan vista it ends at the railway station of Kanoh.

    Beyond this lies the highest viaduct bridge made of Grey sandstone. We get off here and walk over the bridge to move to the other side of the railway loop. The Engine goes to the Turn Table to turn around.

    The biggest attraction for us here is the Highest Viaduct Bridge. We spend sometime, looking at it, clicking photos and walking around it.

    The Engine gets ready again and we board the train. We get off at Kaithlighat Station, the first station now on the way back to Shimla, where teh cars ware waiting for us to bring us back to Shimla.


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  • IMG-20160202-WA0007This is a Railway Journey package offered to the leisure travelers. It is completely subject to availability of the dates, drivers and the condition of the Steam Engine.

    Driver : Mr. Man Singh and Mr. Subhash are the two retired drivers who can actually manage this engine on the track. Due to their advancing age sometimes they are unable to provide their services so they have trained a few other drivers.

    Process

      1. It requires at least 3 weeks to process the journey as we have to take permission from the authorities. So kindly allow us sufficient time to do so.
      2. Full payment is taken in advance and only then the train can be booked.

    Cost

    1. ON Request.


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