108-yr-old Kandaghat railway station reduced to ashes



Shimla (May 3): The 108-yr-old Kandaghat railway station, situated on the world heritage Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge railway line, was gutted last night as fire broke down after an electric short-circuit at the office building, which latter stretched into the entire compound, a senior official of Ambala Northern Railways told HimVani.

Pardeep Kumar Sangi, Divisional Railway Manger (DRM), who visited the spot this morning, told HimVani that the station, which was mostly made of wood, was destroyed completely, but officials living in the station were evacuated safely. He said a probe has been ordered by him to ascertained the cause of fire.

The fire broke out at 2.30 am and five fire tenders were deployed to douse the embers, but they could not save the structure. Movement of trains on the line was normal but officials of Kandaghat railway stations were seen sitting in the open on the platform doing their duty after the mishap.

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  1. it was really a very sad news. I visited the Kandaghat Railway Station numerous times as my aunt lives in Kandaghat. 108 years old station is  on UNSCO World Heritage site and I still cheerish few lovely memories of the Toy train ride and eating hot pakoras on station. 

  2. Erstwhile Patiala ruler was main force behind setting up Kandaghat township as Britishers were envious to him. The station mark memory of one of such old days

  3. read this in a local newspaper, but they did not mention the station name, feels so bad, i took my first ever train from this station 🙁

  4. This is my headquarter of subdivision. Platform had inside it various instrument which belong to Raj Day’s. RLY Admin should come out to restore its old glory with minimum expense by hiring party which are for preservation of heritage monument

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