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Monday, 21 December 2020

Vistadome train picks up pace

Chandigarh, December 20

Though the vistadome train chugged off with only 10 passengers on the first day of its revival on the Kalka-Shimla railway track, the number has now picked up.

Earlier, it was called Himdarshan Express. The service, which was discontinued in March this year due to the Covid-induced lockdown, resumed this Wednesday.

On Saturday, a total of 48 passengers occupied the train that offers first-class AC vistadome coaches with glass rooftop to have a panoramic view of the hilly region with seating accommodation of 97 seats.

With a view to promoting tourism and providing a peep into the picturesque journey along the rail route of world heritage Kalka-Shimla section, the Ambala division of the Northern Railway runs the special train 04517 (Kalka-Shimla) and 04518 (Shimla-Kalka) on Wednesday.

The train runs on a regular basis on the concept of individual seat charter services through passenger reservation system and other online modes.

Hari Mohan, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Ambala division, said: "Bookings are increasing day by day. The number will increase in view of the peak tourist season and New Year being round the corner". While 24 passengers boarded the heritage train to Shimla from Kalka on Thursday, the number of passengers increased to 29 on Friday. — TNS

from The Tribune

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