- Title: Heritage toy train services resume in India months after COVID-19 shutdown
- Date: 25th August 2021
- Summary: SILIGURI, WEST BENGAL, INDIA (AUGUST 25, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF DECORATED TOY TRAIN AT PLATFORM OFFICIALS SHOWING GREEN FLAG TO TRAIN AS IT LEAVES FOR ITS FIRST JOURNEY IN MONTHS TRAIN LEAVING STATION (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIVISIONAL RAILWAY MANAGER, KATIHAR DIVISION, SUBHENDU KUMAR CHOUDHURY, SAYING: "Unfortunately, due to COVID outbreak, the services were suspended for a long time. So, as the government guidelines have relaxed, we have taken a decision to start the service." VARIOUS OF TRAIN MOVING THROUGH PICTURESQUE HILLY TRACKS (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) TOURIST PASSENGER, SATYA PRAKASH DIXIT, SAYING: "I am travelling on this train for the first time. I absolutely loved it. I am travelling in vista dome coach. There was music playing on the train through the journey. The weather was also very nice, which made the journey even better. The views from the train were amazing so far. I am told, they are about to get better." VARIOUS OF TRAIN MOVING IN VALLEY
- Embargoed: 8th September 2021 12:34
- Keywords: COVID-19 Darjeeling Heritage Himalayan train India Siliguri UNESCO West Bengal coronavirus lockdown restrictions toy train
- Location: SILIGURI, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
- City: SILIGURI, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Society/Social Issues
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- Story Text: The UNESCO World Heritage toy train services in Siliguri of India's eastern Himalayan valley resumed their services on Wednesday (August 25), after months of shutdown due to the pandemic situation in the country.
The local administrations have not added any additional guidelines on COVID-19 for the passengers other than those that already exist for Indian railways.
The train serves as a major attraction in the region for tourists both domestic and international. The rail route in India is the most popular of the many travelling to the hill stations of West Bengal, because of its quaint route through tea plantations, long rocky stretches, hilly forests, and deep moats.
The small trains running on narrow gauge tracks also offer an experience of the bygone era, making it the favourite among tourists.
The railways are also going to start a jungle safari train service for the tourists, which will have a vista dome coach with dining chairs and sitting arrangements, where the passengers will get to taste local tea and other cuisines while enjoying the scenic views.
India reported 37,593 new infections of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the federal government said in a statement on Wednesday.
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