Gangtok: Northeast Frontier Railway has recently introduced ‘Steam Jungle Tea Safari’, a toy train service between Siliguri junction and Rongtong station of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
This steam-hauled toy train service was started to fulfill the demands of tourists and to also promote the local tourism sector, the NFR said.
The Steam Jungle Tea Safari has been planned to run regular basis depending on demand. It is provided with the facilities of Vistadome coach and hauled by heritage steam engine.
The toy train travels through the scenic beauty of the tea gardens apart from breathtaking views of lower Himalayan hills. Tourists can enjoy the on-train services while making celebrations by riding through the unique Steam Jungle Tea Safari. There are provisions of 14 passengers in the Vistadome coach. However, additional coaches can also be attached depending on demands, the NFR added.
The train (No. 52556) provides up-down evening services leaving from Siliguri junction at 2:45 pm to reach Rongtong at 4:20 pm. In return journey, the train departs from Rongtong at 4:40 pm to reach Siliguri junction at 6:05 pm. The train has a stoppage at Sukna station during both way journeys. Interested tourists can also make a visit to the museum at Sukna station. During this three-hour journey, tourists can enjoy the flavour of the world-famous Darjeeling tea.
Since the introduction of this toy train, NFR has been getting a good response from tourists. “This unique Steam Jungle Tea Safari is an ideal way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and get-togethers on a UNESCO World Heritage site. N.F. The railway is hopeful to attract more and more tourists and promote the tourism industry in the region in coming days,” the NRF said.