The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, also known as the Toy Trains in Darjeeling Hills, were built during the British Rule in the later part of 19th century (1879 - 1881 AD). Stretching about 86 kms, this brilliant piece of art, technique and engineering through these tough and difficult terrains, has played an important role in keeping these hills connected to the plains until the time the four wheelers and buses took over as a more convenient means of communication for the locals. Today the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, operate trains between Darjeeling and Kurseong and also run special train services for tourists to enjoy the beautiful leisurely journey through the mist covered hills and enjoy the weather. Since 1999, the Toy Trains have been UNESCO World Heritage Site listed under UNESCO.
As a child I had grew up to know about these toy trains but never travelled in one of them. This summer, to beat the heat, I had taken recluse in the mist and moist weather of the Darjeeling hills and for the first time in all these years of my life, I took a toy train from Ghoom to Sonada, just to experience this beautiful journey and clicked this shot during my journey through the hills.
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rmajum (1207) 2011-07-03 22:21
I share the feelings in your note and I couldn't take a ride till date. Hopefully sometime in future. Well presented photo of this beautiful train and the surrounding. The train has an impressive blue colour, hence a colour snap also wld hav been good , I feel.
BennyV (20455) 2011-07-04 1:20
I love trains, they are by far my favourite means of transportation, especially on holiday (when time doesn't matter anymore), so I'd love to ride this one some day.
The approaching bike in the bend is perfectly placed within the composition. The bl/w creates a rather strange effect, the abundance of white reminds me of snow, it seems very cold, a bit bizarre this effect. I'd be curious to see a colour version too.