Constructed amidst the breathtaking backdrop of thesub-Himalayan terrain, Kangra Valley Railway offers a magical experience to its passengers. The upheaval task of laying the railway line on a difficult terrain and in harsh climatic conditions was made possible by the strenuous efforts of the engineers involved in it. The route has been built by cutting paths through valleys and hills but without spoiling their picture-perfect beauty.
Kangra valley lies within the beautiful ranges of Dhauladhar. Kangra Valley Railway is the outcome of the outstanding skill set and unparallel devotion of the engineers who made the construction of almost unimaginable project see the daylight. These engineers worked in perfect harmony with nature and with the help of meticulous plans and accurate observations, they succeeded in their objective.
There are two tunnels that are present over the route covered by Kangra Valley Railway line. One of the tunnels is about 250 feet long while the other is 1000 feet long. This train covers a total distance of one hundred and three miles. The construction is peculiar because instead of cutting way through curves, most of the path is made to avoid uneasy corners and dizziness that is so common in other mountainous areas.
Kangra Valley Railway was opened to public in 1929; this 100 mile long line covers more than 970 bridges that are spread over twenty railway stations. Its journey starts from Pathankot. The initial route is relatively straight and after that, it takes an eastward turn. The actual climbing journey of the train starts from here. Nurpur, which lies at a height of about 400 m is the next station. The route of the train includes other stations including Bharmar, Lunsu, Nagrota, and Palampur. At Baijnath Paprola, the train takes a 45-minute long halt and then again sets for the arduous journey. The route becomes quite difficult after this point and the train is not able to pull more than 4 coaches. The train reaches its destination after covering the highest point i.e. Ahju station which lies at a height of 1210 meters.
The picturesque sceneries that are stretched throughout its journey make the experience worth remembering. The unparallel beauty of Ban Ganga gorge, the unsurpassable charm of Mangwal and snow-covered peaks of Palampur make Kangra Valley Railway offer the passengers to enjoy their proximity with eternally beautiful nature. Sightseeing is quite interesting and one can have the treat of watching one of the most fascinating views.
The train was constructed for the purpose of providing connection between Pathankot railhead to Jogindernagar's Shanon Power Works.