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Welcome to the DHRS

To promote awareness of, interest in and support  for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway


DHRS Photo Archive website, containing thousands of pictures Indian Locos, trains, people and places collected together from many society members Dhrs.org/archive


DHRS Press release regarding resumption of services and possible privatisation of Hill Railways.

Download pdf report here



2021 DHRS Annual General Meeting
The AGM is booked for Saturday 9 th October

At The Kidderminster Railway Museum

We hope to keep the event as near as possible to our previous AGM

formats and it will, of course, include a buffet and presentations.


Issue 95, August 2021
of the Darjeeling Mail has been posted

Link to Google Arts & Culture page for Indian Railways

Link to the new Indian
IRCTC Tourism web site

Link to Indian Hill Railways web site

Travel information

Pictures from 2019 Schools Awareness Program



A Driver’s eye view from Tindharia to Darjeeling!


At last. A DVD offering extensive coverage of the DHR, mainly taken from the front of the locomotive. For the first time ever, video production company Video 125, in association with the DHRS, has produced a Driver’s eye view of the Railway. This will be published in two parts: part 1 - New Jalpaiguri to Tindharia, and part 2 - Tindharia to Darjeeling.

Part 2 is available now, and was filmed on board ‘B’ class locos hauling the steam charter train on its second day, starting at Tindharia and continuing to Darjeeling.
The sunny weather, coupled with stabilised state of the art cameras, provide a spectacular smooth view of the line as never seen before. Our iconic ‘B’ class steam engine climbs relentlessly through the magnificent scenery over gradients as steep as 1 in 18! Following the Hill Cart Road most of the way, we cross it dozens of times to ease the gradient or lessen a curve. We run on the very edge of the mountains, squeeze through the narrowest of ledges and pass through towns and villages to the summit of the line at 7,407 feet above sea level at Ghum.

Much of the fascinating history of the line is in Jonathan Kydd’s narration. Written and produced by Peter Middleton, edited running time 2 hours 24 minutes.

For those with a strong interest in the DHR, this DVD is essential viewing.

We regret that part 1 from New Jalpaiguri to Tindharia has been unavoidably delayed. We need a small number of 'fill-in' shots which need to wait until a service is running again on the DHR.

The full retail price is £25 for a DVD or £30 for Blu-Ray but a special offer is available for DHRS members only, see our sales website :-
 
https://www.dhrs.org/sales2/contents/en-uk/p55232_Tindharia-to-Darjeeling!.html

Having ridden / chased the DHR over about 40 years, it is great to see the track from the front of a loco, rather than looking sideways from the carriage or chase vehicle. This video is very well presented showing most of this part of the line with a few clips from the chase vehicle and drone shots. The commentary is informative about items to be seen along the line, without being intrusive to the viewing. I found this railway video one of the best I have viewed and can recommend it to people who have visited the line or the ‘armchair’ tourist who would like to dream of Darjeeling, its mountain views, people of the area and The Railway. Mick Melbourne Webmaster

Trailer for the video - https://youtu.be/ITawWE7jbrE

New Google Arts & Culture page with stories about DHRS

The DHR and COVID-19

DHR ‘Joy Train’ restarts from 16th August 2021

The current timetable Darjeeling to Ghum is shown below


















Train travel from NJP to Darjeeling and return has resumed as of 25th August 2021 and the Steam Safari Special from 30th August 2021 see timetables on ‘Travel Info’ page.

Pictures of the first train from NJP can be see on
DHR News’ page

New book - “Up the Line to Darjeeling”

Many of you will remember David Charlesworth's series in the Darjeeling Mail describing the route and what there is to see from the train as it climbs from track side markets in Siliguri to the highest Himalayas.

As a result of that series, much additional information has been incorporated into this book which will become the definitive description of the route, with many detailed maps and plans. It is not to be missed by anyone with any interest in the DHR.

Gloss laminated soft cover with 128 pages with SEWN BINDINGS, 282 x 210mm Price £ 24.95 plus postage

SI

Train No.

Coach

Dep.

Arr

1 Steam

52594

1st class

09;25

11;25

2 Diesel

52591

1st class

09;45

11;25

3 Steam

52596

1st class

11;40

13;35

4 Diesel

52597

1st class

12;00

13;40

5 Steam

52598

Vista dome 1st

13;50

15;45

6 Diesel

52599

1st class

14;20

16;00