A special holiday train to run on Kalka Track

Preneeta Sharma

A railway will run a special holiday train on Kalka Shimla heritage track from December 25 to December 24,2020. The aim is to attract the tourist on Christmas and New Year.

A notification to operate train 52459/52460 with vistadome coaches and with new name “Him Darshan Express” from Kalka Shimla Kalka has been issued by the Divisional Commercial Manager, Northern Railways, Ambala cantoment.

The holiday train “Him Darshan Express” will have seven coaches each and luxury coaches will be added for the comfort of passengers. Bookings can be done online.


The 52459 Train No. of Him Darshan Express will depart from Kalka 7.00 A.M and arrive at Shimla at 12.55 P. M on same day. The 52460 train no. will depart from Shimla 3.50PM and arrive at the Kalka at 9.15 P. M on same day.

The 96-km long Shimla-Kalka rail track has been laid in the tough hilly terrain with 103 tunnels (now 102 tunnels as tunnel number 46 collapsed four decades ago), 800 bridges, 919 curves along with negotiable gradient. The track which gains altitude of about 1,590 is a marvel of engineering. The British laid the first rail link to connect Shimla in 1903 and the Kalka-Shimla rail track was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2009.

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