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New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling - The toy train on the Darjeeling Himalayan section is not merely a source of delight for the young and old, it also represents the engineering skills of the highest order.It uses neither rack mechanism nor cable as other mountain railways do, but moves only on adhesion.Although the steepness of the gradients on this narrow-gauge line is eclipsed in other parts of the world, and the 7,407 ft. altitude of the summit at Ghoom station is less than half the height of some of the summits in the Andes, the achievement of the engineers who built the line more than half a century ago is a noteworthy one in the history of railways.
A ride on the DHR is not for the hurried and hassled traveller who is impatient to reach his destination. Its for those who believe the journey is the destination. Much like a toy train strung together from match-boxes, the DHR balances on two-feet tracks moving at a maximum speed of 15-km an hour.At times the narrow gauge railway track and the road seem to move in tandem, a picture of perfect harmony. Many times in fact 150 times in the entire stretch they cross each other. Every now and then they play hide and seek like two feuding lovers. But they are never too faraway from each other at any point.
The DHR is a celebration, no less.

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Additional Photos by Dhurjati Chatterjee (dhurjati) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 453] (2709)
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