Revamped Kalka-Shimla Toy Train Route Takes the Fast Track: 10 Stations Axed for Speedier Journeys

November 23, 2023 – In a surprising twist, the iconic Kalka-Shimla toy train route has undergone a significant alteration, with 10 stations removed to expedite travel time between the two destinations. This modification, currently on a trial basis, aims to streamline services and evaluate passenger feedback before making permanent decisions.

The historic Kalka-Shimla railway journey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning 92 km, previously featured 18 stoppages along its picturesque route. The excluded stations from the new timetable include Kanoh, Kathleeghat, Shogi, Taradevi, Kathlighat, Kumarhatti, Sanwara, Koti, Gumman, and Taksal. The revised schedule has reduced the travel time from 5.17 hours to 4.51 hours.

This strategic adjustment was prompted by the severe damage the British-era railway track endured during the incessant rain in July and August. Over 300 sites required repair work, and after restoration efforts, six toy trains and a Rail Motor Car (RMC) recommenced operations in September.


Under the trial schedule, the train departs from Kalka at 3:45 AM, reaching Shimla at 8:55 AM without stopping at certain stations. The return journey starts from Shimla at 10:55 AM, reaching Kalka at 4:35 PM with specific exclusions. Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ambala, Mandeep Singh Bhatia, emphasized the trial nature of this decision, highlighting its potential to enhance passenger convenience, allow track maintenance, and optimize travel time.

Factors considered in this strategic adjustment include ticket sales, passenger rush, distance between stops, and overall track length. Despite the reduction in stoppages, the number of train services between Kalka and Shimla remains unchanged at six services each way.

This move reflects the government’s commitment to streamline services and facilitate swift movement between the picturesque destinations while preserving the essence of this historic rail journey.