In photos: The last of India's 'toy trains'
Last week, the Ministry of Railways gave its consent to Western Railway to discontinue the nine remaining narrow gauge railway lines in Gujarat. While commercially unviable, these trains still provide last-mile connectivity to many remote parts
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO world heritage site, is perhaps the most popular narrow gauge train not just among tourists but also in Hindi cinema, which have shot scenes showing the train. The most popular a song from the 1969 movie 'Aradhana', featuring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna.
The Kalka-Shimla railway passes through the mountainous terrain inHimachal Pradesh and covers a distance of 96.6 km.
A favourite weekend getaway spot for people from Mumbai, Matheran's toy train or Matheran Hill Railway restarted a month ago. While only a small stretch has been opened, over 20,000 passengers have already ridden it.
The 164 km Pathankot-Joginder Nagar narrow gauge line traverses from Punjab to Himachal Pradesh. Last year, a fast express train was launched on the same route to reduce the hours of travel. (Sahil Guleri)
The Gwalior-Sheopur railway line as it enters Chambal National Reserve Forest, covering 200 kms, was the longest among narrow gauge trains. It stopped service in August this year. The 2-feet track will make way for a broad gauge (5 ft 6 inches track) to cater to the community's need. (Bharat Moro)