Indian Railways end ‘cannibalism’ to save Darjeeling toy train’s heritage tag; Rahul Karmakar; Hindustan Times


India – Mountain Railways of India

The Northeast Frontier Railway will be signing an agreement with a public sector undertaking for supplying new ‘antique’ spares to stop the practice.

One of the world’s oldest mountain railway systems is ending the very practice that helped sustain it for decades – cannibalism.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) will be signing the ‘death warrant’ of this practice on Friday through an agreement with a public sector undertaking for supplying new ‘antique’ spares to revive a fleet of narrow gauge steam locomotives, also called Iron Sherpas.

The Guwahati-headquartered NFR controls the 138-year old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), popularly called toy train.

In railway jargon, cannibalism means killing one locomotive and using its parts to run another in better shape.

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