The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is an outstanding example of a hill passenger Railway. The DHR is popularly known as the ‘Toy Train’. It was opened in 1881. Establishing a rail link across a mountainous terrain was not an easy task. It applied bold and ingenious engineering solutions to overcome this problem and connected the queen of the mountain of the rest of the country. This old rail line is still fully operational with most of its original features intact.
Rowland Macdonald Stephenson was responsible for railway extension in India who promoted East Indian Railway Co. (EIR). Where corporate organisations like Eastern Bengal Railway (EBR) and Northern Bengal State Railway (NBR) failed to carry put any plan of construction of a railway line, Franklin Prestage, an individual entrepreneur who fascinated by Darjeeling succeeded in settling for a 2ft. rail gauge, and formed the Darjeeling Steam Tramway Co. In 1881, title the company was renamed as Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Co.Get Tour package to Darjeeling in unique and easily way. The line was taken over by the Indian Government on Oct.20, 1948 from this company. The narrow gauge Darjeeling line was able to traverse the tightly twisting route through the hills. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) was officially opened in sections between August 1880 to June 1886.