Toy trains are always loved by people. Kids and elders equally enjoy these slow-paced small trains that run at specific hill stations. You can enjoy the small toy trains moving slowly, climbing the hill, letting you enjoy the small towns and panoramic view of the landscapes. Regular trains move much faster and these are meant for regular travelers who want to reach specific destinations. But the toy trains are specifically for tourists, usually in the mountain ranges. The energizing air and scenic beauty give all tourists a refreshing experience that adds to their pleasure trip. No one should miss the Toy trains of Ooty, Shimla, Matheran, and Darjeeling whenever you opt to travel to these places.
Ooty Mountain Train
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One of the oldest and most popular toy trains in the southern part of India is at Ooty. It connects Mettupalayam to Ooty. The travel is all about 45 km. To build this railway track, they took more than 45 years since it’s not easy to create a track on the hill. Because of dedication and good engineering work, the British finally managed to complete it.
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This toy train construction started in 1854 and got completed in 1899. It was opened to the public in 1908. The train takes around 5 hours to reach the destination. The train travels in 10 km per hour speed; it could be the slowest train in India. The train color is an attractive blue with wooden cream coaches. Coaches have huge windows through which the travelers can enjoy the scenic beauty around. Steam engines are used which is made by Swiss locomotives works. They have more than 10 steam engines even now. This train travel covers more than 245 bridges and 15 tunnels through this route.
Shimla Toy Train
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When the train was introduced by the British government in India, Shimla was one of the prime locations as it was the summer capital of the British. They were very specific to have the toy train in Shimla and worked towards that. They had surveys in 1884 and 1885. After these surveys, their engineers worked on it and decided to start it. They finished the work on the track in 1903. Earlier, the width of the track was 2 feet and later they added 6 inches to it. Kalka to Shimla travel is around 95 km. You can see many oak and pine trees and picturesque landscapes with the coolest climate during the winter. It includes more than 100 tunnels, around 890 curves, and more than 750 bridges. The biggest tunnel will take more than 3 minutes to cover.
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This entire travel takes around 5 hours to reach the destination. In between, there is a station called Barog where they will stop for 15 minutes to refresh. The coaches are maintained decently with carpets all over the wall and glassed windows where you could see the whole world from inside. You can see many oak and pine trees and picturesque landscapes with the coolest climate during the winter. It includes more than 100 tunnels, around 890 curves, and more than 750 bridges. The biggest tunnel will take more than 3 minutes to cover. This entire travel takes around 5 hours to reach the destination. In between, there is a station called Barog where they will stop for 15 minutes to refresh. The coaches are maintained decently with carpets all over the wall and glassed windows where you could see the whole world from inside.
Matheran Toy Train
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Matheran is one of the smallest routes compare to other toy trains. It starts from Neral and completes its journey through the hill tops of Matheran. This was built in 1907. Matheran toy train is been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has around 280 zigzag curves and gives kids an adventurous experience. It is just a 21-km journey but takes around 3 hours to reach the point. Matheran toy train is known as ‘Phulrani’ at present. Matheran hills are almost 2500 ft above the sea level. Coaches are made in a very different manner where you can enjoy the difference from normal trains.
Darjeeling Toy Train
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This is one of the oldest toy train services in India which was started in 1880. The Darjeeling Himalayan railway is a popular toy train service. Tourists will enjoy the whole journey with breathtaking sceneries. The journey starts from Darjeeling and reaches Ghum in around 2 hours completing one circle. This is around 15 km and you can enjoy small towns, school kids, and shops very close. Ghum is actually the highest position in Himalayan railways. The train stops at this place for more than 25 minutes so that tourists can visit the Railway museum of Himalayan. The oldest train engine is displayed here.
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Earlier, it used the steam engine for services but now it is a diesel engine. Steam engine-used toy train experience is something that no one can explain in words. The train will move slowly and people can even get in and go out from the train just to have fun. Darjeeling is famous for its snow-clad hills and scenic beauty and the train lets you explore it completely. Once you travel by this toy train, definitely you will feel like coming back again to this heaven.
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