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RTG/Rangtong (1 PFs)
রংটং     रंगटंग

Track: Narrow Gauge

Type of Station: Regular
Number of Platforms: 1
Number of Halting Trains: 3
Number of Originating Trains: 0
Number of Terminating Trains: 0
Hill Cart Road, Cart Road
State: West Bengal
Elevation: 439 m above sea level
Zone: NFR/Northeast Frontier
Division: Katihar
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Feb 17 2014 (14:33)  ‘Heritage’ fears on hold as toy train resumes run Full Service To Be Restored Soon, Promises Adhir (epaper.timesofindia.com)
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Feb 17 2014 (2:34PM)
Station Tag: Rangtong/RTG added by Vaibhav Agarwal*^/432532

Feb 17 2014 (2:34PM)
Station Tag: Tindharia/TDH added by Vaibhav Agarwal*^/432532

Feb 17 2014 (2:34PM)
Station Tag: Darjeeling/DJ added by Vaibhav Agarwal*^/432532

Posted by: Vaibhav Agarwal*^  1403 news posts
Kolkata: Junior railways minister Adhir Chowdhury on Saturday flagged off the resumption of the toy train service between Rung Tong to Gaya Bari via Tindharia.
The move will go a long way to neutralize the possibility of the country oldest mountain railway system losing the world heritage tag.
Chowdhury also promised to run the 87km full service from Siliguri to Darjeeling by restoring the rest of “damaged or nonexistent tracks”.
Earlier, Unesco had expressed concerns regarding the status of the DHR, affected by several landslides. Chowdhury said that if the railway tracks were not repaired, the DHR could be declared “endangered” by the Unesco, which would be quite humiliating.
DHR was almost declared “endangered” and ran the risk of being delisted from the list of World Heritage Sites recently because the railways had failed to send any official to a crucial meeting held at the Unesco World Heritage Centre in Paris, where it was supposed to argue its case against such a move.
The Kurseong-Siliguri section of the DHR has been non-operational since June 2010 after a landslide damaged a 500m stretch of the NH 55 at 14th Mile near Paglajhora. The DHR tracks running parallel to the highway were also swept away in the slide. Another landslide at Tindharia, 5km from Paglajhora along the highway, damaged the tracks in September 2011 and has put at risk the 100-year-old Tindharia Locomotive Works — the hill railway’s workshop.
Ever since, DHR has been running a truncated service between Darjeeling and Kurseong in the hills and and between Siliguri and Rang Tong in the foothills. Concerned over the worsening condition of 132-year-old railway system, Unesco decided to provide $665,154 (Rs 42.5 crore) to the Indian Railways, which is facing an acute funds crunch, to do the job.
Since the tracks were on a National Highway, the ministry of railways approached the ministry of road transport and highways regarding this, and Rs 87 crore was sanctioned about a year ago. The fund could finally be used to restore the national highway. The railways also relaid the tracks.
After this restoration, only 13 more kilometres are needed to be bridged to run the full length.
The 132-year-old DHR is the second narrow-gauge railway in the world after Semmering Railway in Austria.
Bestowed Unesco World Heritage Status in November 1999
As the Kurseong-Siliguri stretch is shut, DHR services are available only on the Kurseong-Darjeeling and Siliguri-Rang Tong stretches
It is mandatory for all Unesco heritage sites to be maintained by a comprehensive conservation and management
The DHR has five major and 498 minor bridges and 177 unmanned level crossings
Ghum station is the secondhighest railway station in the world to be reached by steam locomotive
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