Kalka - Shimla train might make it to World Heritage list

The 104-year-old historic Kalka-Shimla railway track may well be on its way to being included in the coveted world heritage list.

It is already enlisted in ‘Rail Facts and Feats’ in The Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest narrow gauge engineering feat of the mechanical age.

Constructed in the early 20th century, it is an engineering feat and among the country’s four unique narrow-gauge rail tracks.

Chronicled as the most surveyed project of its time, it was a correspondent of Delhi Gazette who first sketched the route in 1847. No work was done on the project till 1885, when the project was revived again.

Even a second report, prepared for this rail link in 1887, failed to initiate any concrete work. Yet another survey, commissioned in 1895, finally resulted in the signing of the Kalka-Shimla Construction Contract.

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