Kalka Shimla Rail Car halted for want of repairs

rail motor car kalka shimlaRail motor car, which has been running on the UNESCO World Heritage Kalka Shimla train track for the past 85 years has been halted for the time being after it’s wheels wore off a few days week.

1927 built Rail motor car, the Shimla Kalka Motor Car is the only one to run out of the four introduced by the British introduced between the year 1927-1930.

A railway official said the wheels had become very old due to wear and tear. Efforts were made to introduce cast iron wheels but none of the Indian manufacturers in India could provide these.

Rail motor car can accommodate a group of 14 passengers in this vintage locomotive that resembled buses used during World War II.

The train departed at 5.10am from the Kalka station and reached Shimla at 09.50am, while the return journey from Shimla began at 4.25pm, reaching Kalka at 9.35pm.

According to the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) which managed the car’s charter bookings, the car remained a strong favourite with foreigners and Indians from metropolitan towns heading for vacations till it ran reguarly few months ago.

The car was fitted with a transparent fiber-glass roof, offering a view of the skies and facilities including digital time-cum-temperature display unit, TV/VCP, music system.

The Indian Railways have now begun a search to bring the rail car back on tracks and have floated a tender for the replacement of wheels and other parts.

A video of Rail Car on Kalka Shimla track:

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