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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

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1897. Loop No. 3 at Choonbati.
1897. Loop No. 4.
1897. Reverse Curve at Gyabari.
1926. Locomotive for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Exhibit at Howrah Railway Museum.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), also known as the DHR or the Toy Train, is a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, it is about 88 km (55 mi) long. It climbs from about 100 m (328 ft) above sea level at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 m (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling, using six zig-zags and five loops to gain altitude

1878 A hill tramway of two-feet gauge was proposed by Franklin Prestage

Gillanders, Arbuthnot and Co were hired to construct the line

1879 Construction commeneced and completed in 1881

The first eight engines were 0-4-0 T types from Sharp, Stewart and Co but were unsuitable for the line.

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