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18 Aug

“Rain & Floods Hit Kalka-Shimla Railway”

The unrelenting downpour and flood crisis in Himachal Pradesh have resulted in substantial human and material losses, with the latest casualty being the historic 94-kilometer Kalka-Shimla railway line, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

An extensive landslide swept away a portion of the iconic railway track located between the Summer Hill and Jutogh stations. What remains is a suspended section of the railway track, giving the impression of a track hanging in mid-air. Dating back to 1903, the Kalka-Shimla railway line has been a cherished route.

The authorities have suspended current operations, and indications suggest that it will take a considerable amount of time to restore the track to a functional condition.

"Rain & Floods Hit Kalka-Shimla Railway"

Heavy Rain and Floods Impact UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Railway Line

Persistent floods have been battering the state throughout the ongoing monsoon season. The railway route has suffered over 150 disruptions in the past month alone due to continuous rain, track obstructions from debris, fallen trees and boulders, as well as intermittent landslides. Although the Solan-Shimla stretch was temporarily operational, the latest flooding has once again prompted its closure.

The allure of the railway route lies in the fact that it provides one of India’s most enchanting train journeys. With 102 tunnels, 919 curves spanning 20 stations, and 880 bridges, the route is a testament to its engineering marvel. A ride along this scenic 96.6-kilometer journey takes approximately five hours, allowing passengers to relish the experience. Authorities estimate that the route could return to operation within a month if the rain subsides and floods abate.

UNESCO World Heritage Designation

The Kalka-Shimla Railway Line, an historical narrow-gauge track stretching about 96 kilometers, weaves through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the area. This railway line falls within the UNESCO World Heritage Site category of Mountain Railways of India, a designation shared with two other sites: the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.

These railways stand as remarkable feats of engineering and innovation, conquering challenging terrains. They have played a significant role in the social and economic progress of the regions they traverse. The Kalka-Shimla Railway Line remains a prominent tourist attraction in the region, offering travelers a nostalgic journey through breathtaking hillside vistas.