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The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), also known as the DHR or the Toy Train, is a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, it is about 88 km (55 mi) long. It climbs from about 100 m (328 ft) above sea level at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 m (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling, using six zig-zags and five loops to gain altitude
1878 A hill tramway of two-feet gauge was proposed by Franklin Prestage
Gillanders, Arbuthnot and Co were hired to construct the line
1879 Construction commeneced and completed in 1881
The first eight engines were 0-4-0 T types from Sharp, Stewart and Co but were unsuitable for the line.