Inspection of Shimla toy train complete for World Heritage status

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Solan, Sep 16 (UNI) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officials have completed the inspection of the Kalka-Shimla toy train to facilitate the process of its inclusion in the World Heritage site list.

The two-member team said they were impressed by the British colonial-era train system, considered to be the greatest narrow gauge engineering feat in the country, after their inspection.

''The railway is in excellent condition. It is an engineering achievement. I am pleased with what I have seen but I can't tell you if it will be inscribed or not on the World Heritage list,'' head of the UNESCO team Robert Lee said.

The team inspected the railway line between Kaithlighat and Shimla during their visits and said the final verdict was expected by July next year.

Introduced in 1903, the train has chugged along to the present times and is famous with the tourists and the visit is considered incomplete without the rail trip.

The six-hour journey from Kalka to Shimla on the toy train crosses through 107 tunnels and connects to a number of hill resorts, including Dharampore, Taksal, Gamma and Solan.

UNI

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