Paulites bid farewell with toy train ride

By , TNN

DARJEELING: The ‘toy train’, puffing along the Hill Cart Road, has been such an intrinsic part of the Darjeeling experience of yore that no back-to-school programme here is complete without a glimpse of this legacy of the British Raj.

Former students of St Paul’s School, here to celebrate 150 years of their school’s coming to Jalapahar, did one better – they took a ride on a train pulled by one of the oldest engines here. For some, it was truly a ride down memory lane because the ‘toy train’ and its ridiculously small compartments were what used to bring them up from the plains for their nine months as boarders at ‘SPS’.

Saturday’s journey, undertaken by many with their families, was only as far as the Batasia ‘loop’ and back; any trip longer is powered these days by the quieter and more efficient diesel engines. More info

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