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DHR ride for orphaned children – Toy train resumes service as Charnock visits Calcutta pandals

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 28, 2009

Siliguri, Sept. 27: A toy train trip was organised today by the West Bengal tourism department for children from an orphanage on World Tourism Day.
The ride for about 35 boarders of the Uttar Banga Anath Ashram also marked the resumption of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway’s (DHR) full-fledged service, which had been disrupted following landslides during the monsoon.
“We have been organising such outdoor trips for deprived children on the occasion every year since 2002. The toy train ride is very popular and we organised a trip from Siliguri to Tindharia to cheer up the children. Besides breakfast, lunch and tea, new clothes will also be given to them. In the evening, the toy-train will ferry them back to Siliguri,” said Gopal Lama, the deputy director of tourism (north Bengal).
The children were, too, happy to make the serpentine journey from Siliguri Junction to Tindharia. “This is the first time I am boarding a train and will make the most of the trip,” said one of them.
Uma Mallick, the president of the orphanage, expressed her gratitude to the tourism department. “It’s rare that the children get such pleasure trips. We are thankful to the tourism department for organising it. It’s a Durga Puja gift for the children,” she said.
The DHR officials are glad that the whole length of 80km DHR track from NJP to Darjeeling is now fully operational. The stretch from NJP to Kurseong remained closed for nearly three months and the route from Kurseong to Darjeeling (which closed after August 15) has been operational since September 25.
“We are happy that the underprivileged children are taking this ride which also marks the resumption of DHR service on the entire track,” DHR director, Subrata Nath, said.

The children on the toy train.

The children on the toy train.

Siliguri, Sept. 27: A toy train trip was organised today by the West Bengal tourism department for children from an orphanage on World Tourism Day.

The ride for about 35 boarders of the Uttar Banga Anath Ashram also marked the resumption of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway’s (DHR) full-fledged service, which had been disrupted following landslides during the monsoon.

“We have been organising such outdoor trips for deprived children on the occasion every year since 2002. The toy train ride is very popular and we organised a trip from Siliguri to Tindharia to cheer up the children. Besides breakfast, lunch and tea, new clothes will also be given to them. In the evening, the toy-train will ferry them back to Siliguri,” said Gopal Lama, the deputy director of tourism (north Bengal).

The children were, too, happy to make the serpentine journey from Siliguri Junction to Tindharia. “This is the first time I am boarding a train and will make the most of the trip,” said one of them.

Uma Mallick, the president of the orphanage, expressed her gratitude to the tourism department. “It’s rare that the children get such pleasure trips. We are thankful to the tourism department for organising it. It’s a Durga Puja gift for the children,” she said.

The DHR officials are glad that the whole length of 80km DHR track from NJP to Darjeeling is now fully operational. The stretch from NJP to Kurseong remained closed for nearly three months and the route from Kurseong to Darjeeling (which closed after August 15) has been operational since September 25.

“We are happy that the underprivileged children are taking this ride which also marks the resumption of DHR service on the entire track,” DHR director, Subrata Nath, said.

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