Shimla, January 8: Nearly 200 passengers had a narrow escape on Tuesday after a massive fire broke out in Kalka–Shimla toy train's engine in Himachal Pradesh. Reports inform that all passengers are safe. According to a tweet by ANI, train No. 52455 (Himalayan Queen) that caught fire, runs between Kumarhati and Dharampur on Kalka Shimla heritage section in Solan. According to reports, the fire was doused by the driver and the engine was changed. All passengers boarded to Shimla soon after. Kalka- Shimla HoHo Service with Glass-Top Ceiling Took Its First Trial Weeks Ago But Hasn't Got any Response From Tourists Yet!
Reports inform that there were around 200 passengers in seven coaches of the toy train which caught fire. The toy train running on the 112-year-old hilly railway track was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Take a look at the video:
Kalka–Shimla toy train's engine caught fire. All passengers are reported safe. More details by Pradeep Dutta pic.twitter.com/IVQlPE5KlK
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In December last year, the Indian Railways introduced Vistadome coach, having a glass roof to make the journey for all its tourists commuting on the 96-km long Unesco World Heritage Kalka-Shimla track. The Railways had said that the new look was likely to cost more than Rs 500 per seat, catering to mostly foreign tourists.
The narrow gauge track takes tourists through several beautiful locations. With the new Vistadome coach, tourists in Shimla will be able to experience snow and rainfall in these glass-enclosed coaches.