The toy train will resume from Neral after a 3-year hiatus
The iconic toy train services will start on the entire section between Neral and Matheran by the end of this month. Currently the toy train service is only operated between Aman Lodge and Matheran.
The service between Neral and Aman Lodge covering a distance of around 19 km was suspended in 2019 after heavy rains caused damage at 20 locations causing the tracks to wash out.
The toy train is one of the major attractions for tourists, especially children, visiting the hill station located in Raigad district, about 100 km from the city of Mumbai.
Apart from transporting passengers, the train also helps locals carry essential items. Confirming the development, a senior Central Railway official said: ‘The toy train track between Neral and AmanLodge is now ready and the trails have started. Passenger services will soon be launched.
The Neral-Matheran Line was built in 1907 as a family business of the Peerbhoys and is now on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) tentative list of World Heritage Sites .
Matheran is located at an altitude of approximately 2,600 feet above sea level. Since the train is passing through a ghat (hilly) section with sharp turns, the railway authorities are also installing new anti-collision barriers at the dangerous places overlooking the deep valley.
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