New lease of life awaits Darjeeling toy train; Shiv Sahay Singh; The Hindu

India – Mountain Railways of India

Railways, UNESCO to sign agreement to preserve heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on Jan. 20.

Chugging up and down the hills along fascinating loops and curves, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) or the toy train has been the iconic image reflecting the heritage of the queen of hills.

In an attempt to preserve the heritage, already declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, Ministry of Railway will sign an agreement with the UNESCO on January 20 in presence of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Darjeeling.

This development assumes importance as it comes 17 years after the Himalayan Railway was accorded the status of the first industrial heritage in Asia, and experts are raising apprehension on whether the charm of the railways has taken a dent due to rampant urbanisation and encroachment.

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