Toy trains are something we have always dreamt of as a child. Still, we obsess over these tiny trains because we can actually travel kilometers in them. See the list of places where these trains on rails that extend between cities.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, West Bengal
Known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, this toy train is the oldest of India’s historic mountain railways. It was completed in 1881 and transports passengers from the lower Eastern Himalayas to the lush green tea plantations of Darjeeling. The train covers 80 kilometers from New Jalpaiguri, in the state of West Bengal, to Darjeeling taking a route via Siliguri, Kurseong, and Ghoom.
In its route, it passes over five major, and nearly 500 minor, bridges. Also, at an altitude of 7,400 feet above sea level reaches ‘Ghoom’ which is the highest point on this toy train’s route.
Kalka-Shimla Railway, Himachal Pradesh
The historic Kalka-Shimla toy train is one of the most popular ways of reaching Shimla. This train route was completed in 1903 running for 96 kilometers through 20 railway stations, 103 tunnels, 800 bridges, and an incredible 900 curves.
The entire trip from Kalka takes about 5 hours. A lot of people prefer to travel only from Barog, as this is where the longest tunnel and most spectacular scenery occur.
Matheran Hill Railway, Maharashtra
Matheran is a lesser-known toy train which had its first run in 1907. It takes its passengers amidst the lush greenery of the peaceful, pollution-free hill station of Matheran. The interesting fact about this place is that all vehicles are banned here, even bicycles.
The Matheran toy train journey starts at Neral, about halfway between Mumbai and Pune. The track is only 20 kilometers long, and the train takes two and a half hours to reach the top of the hill as it has to slowly crawl up on the zigzag track.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Tamil Nadu
The Nilgiri Mountain toy train is the highlight of the visit to the hill station of Ooty. Although the railway was proposed in 1854, due to the rocky landscape and thick forest the work of the rail track was not completed until 1908.
The Nilgiri Mountain toy train is a 46-kilometer track which runs from Metupalaiyam (with the best views) to Ooty via Coonoor. This track goes through 250 bridges, including 32 major ones, and through 16 tunnels.
Kangra Valley Railway, Himachal Pradesh
Completed in 1929, The Kangra Valley Railway was the last mountain railway to be built in India. The track extends for 164 kilometers from Pathankot in Punjab to Joginder Nagar in Himachal Pradesh, via Kangra and Palampur.
It has two tunnels as engineers avoided boring through the hillside and the journey takes about 10 hours. After Kangra, as the train passes through villages and lush farmlands with uninterrupted views of the impressive Dhauladhar mountain range the train passes through this beautiful track.
These toy trains have beautiful tracks and give you an impeccable view of the beauty of Nature in India.Have you ever traveled in any of these toy trains, do share your experience in the comment section below.