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Kalka Shimla railway train timings | train types

Kalka Shimla railway toy train journey is an added attraction for tourists visiting Shimla. Economical, deluxe and premium services for travelers on the Kalka-Shimla rail section are made available by the Indian railways.  The time table is set as per further train connectivity and general tourist requirements. Special  holiday special  trains are also run during the holiday season. Visit the Indian railways website for the latest update on timings and services from there you can do the online booking.

Types of Kalka Shimla toy  trains

The Kalka Shimla trains can be divided into three categories economical, deluxe and premium. Economical are the cheapest and premium services are the costliest.

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Economical Category toy trains

Kalka Shimla Mail

This is the oldest train service available on this track. This train takes less than six hours to reach either side. There are wooden coaches attached in this train with small windows and also there are plain wooden seats with no cushions. This train stops at Shoghi also.

The Himalayan queen

This is an improved version with new coaches and this is the most popular train today. It has cushioned standard chair car seats with large windows for greater views and good ambiance. It takes a little less time than the mail train. More on Himalayan Queen

Shimla Kalka Vistadome coachKalka Shimla Express

A new modern vistadome coach having see through roof has been attached to this Kalka Shimla Express train from Jan 2019 onward. The train number is 52453 / 52454

Deluxe Category toy trains

The deluxe Rail Motor Car ( discontinued from 26th Jan 2019, Replaced with Kalka Shimla Special train)

The Deluxe Rail Motor Car is a visual delight as it resembles a bus of the Second World War vintage. Carrying 14 passengers at a time, it reaches its destination in 4.25 hrs. The car is fitted with a transparent fiber-glass roof, for a clear view of the sky. Time-cum-temperature display unit, altimeter and route indication board gives valuable information while traveling.

The Shivalik Deluxe Express

The Shivalik Deluxe Express is a connecting service to Howrah-Kalka Mail for Shimla. It accommodates 120 passengers and reaches its destination in 4.45 hrs. Only  Shivalik Deluxe train booking will be open three months before from travel date.

The coaches are equipped with wall-to-wall carpeting, wide glass windows and reversible cushioned chairs. Improved lighting and a music system creates a pleasant atmosphere. The fare for both Deluxe Rail Motor Car and Shivalik Deluxe Express is the same with a complimentary meal at the picturesque Railway Station of Barog. More information on Shivalik Deluxe

The Kalka Shimla Special

The new Kalka Shimla special toy train 52459 / 52460  has been launched by the India Railways from 26th January 2019 on trial basis. This train will run on the Rail motor car timings which has been discontinued thereafter. More information on Kalka Shimla Special toy train

This is the most expensive luxury train on the Kalka Shimla section and will have a fair of Rs 650 either side.

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Premium Services

Vista Dome tourist Coach

A new modern vistadome coach having see through roof has been attached to this Kalka Shimla Express train from Jan 2019 onward. The train number is 52453 / 52454. Modern Amenities include air conditioning, large windows with roller blinds, new upholstery, wooden flooring etc.

The Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach

The Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach provides a luxurious ambience for a dream holiday. It can accommodate a part of six persons and is equipped with folding cushioned bed, refrigerator, on-board-kitchen and dining table with cushioned chairs.  The fare includes complimentary accommodation of two luxurious retiring rooms at Shimla for the day and free meals en-route.

The Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach

A comparatively late entrant on the Kalka-Shimla section is the Shivalik Queen, which is a luxury coach. It is divided into two portions consisting of two coupes each. The coach is equipped with ultramodern facilities and fittings like wall-to-wall carpets, altimeter, fancy lights, chrome plated luggage rack. These coaches are attached to other trains as per requirements.

If you have any complaint or suggestion related to Kalka Shimla Railway, please contact:

Director (Tourism & Catering), Railway Board, Rail Bhawan, Raiseena Road, New Delhi – 110001

Ph. No. 011-23384922 | Fax no. 011-23383000 | Email: dctg@rb.railnet.gov.in

Kalka to Shimla train timings / timetable

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
52455 Himalayan Queen Kalka 12:10 Shimla 17:20
52457 KLK SML Pass Kalka 03:30 Shimla 08:55
52459 KLK SML Special Kalka 05:10 Shimla 09:50
52451 Shivalik Deluxe Kalka 05:45 Shimla 10:35
52453 KLK SML express Kalka 06:20 Shimla 11:35
52459 Him Darshan Express Kalka 07:00 Shimla 12:55

Kalka Shimla holiday special trains run in the peak tourist season only

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
02451 Kalka Shimla Special Kalka 07:00 Shimla 12:10
02453 Kalka Holiday Special Kalka 12:45 Shimla 06:10

Shimla to Kalka train timings / timetable

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
52456 Himalayan Queen Shimla 10:40 Kalka 16:10
52458 SML KLK Pass Shimla 14:20 Kalka 20:10
52460 SML KLK Special Shimla 17:25 Kalka 22:05
52452 Shivalik Deluxe Shimla 17:50 Kalka 22:45
52454 SML KLK express Shimla 18:30 Kalka 23:30
52460 Him Darshan Express Shimla 03:50 Kalka 09:15

Shimla Kalka Holiday Special trains: these run in the peak tourist season only

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
02452 Kalka Shimla Spl Shimla 15:50 Kalka 21:10
02454 Kalka Holiday Spl Shimla 09:25 Kalka 15:20

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