Traffic on heritage Kalka-Shimla rail track restored

Shimla: Traffic on the narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla heritage rail track that was disrupted for over six hours on Thursday due to an engine getting derailed was restored today, a railway official said.

No one was injured in the accident that took place near Koti town. A rain induced landslide blocking the track has caused the engine derailment, said GS Rajput, railway superintended.

The landslide was cleared and traffic on the rail line has resumed with the Shimla-Kalka train leaving on schedule at 2.30 p.m. said Rajput.

The derailment had caused cancellation of four trains, three of which were scheduled from Kalka to Shimla and one from Shimla to Kalka.

The track built to military specifications of the British era was laid out in 1905 at a massive cost. Though railways have been operating the route at a loss but the 96 Km track was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2008.

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