The toy train is one of the most fascinating charm for the tourists visiting Kasauli, but Kasauli does not have a railways station. Lately the train has been recognized as one of the heritage possessions in India. The toy train ply from Kalka railway station to Shimla, and the nearest railway station from Kasauli, is in Dharampur which is approximately 13 km from Kasauli.
The train take a total of 5 hours from Kalka to Shimla. If one catches the train from Dharampur railway station time taken by the train is approx 4 hours. The train accelerates at a low speed of max 40 kmph, and passes through various tunnels in the journey.
Best is to catch the train from Dharampur and get down at the Solan railways station to enjoy the journey, which takes about an hour or so. One may board the train from Dharampur railway station and ask the cab driver to pick them up from Solan railways station, or one if has not come by own car may hire a cab from Solan railway station and come back to Kasauli by road.
The train halts at Dharampur railway station for a mere 5 minutes, so one has to be at the railway station well before time and procure the train tickets to enjoy the ride.
Toy trains from Kalka to Shimla along with train name and timings are given below for reference :-
a. Kalka to Shimla – Express Toy Train
b. Kalka to Shimla – Himalyan Queen Toy Train
c. Kalka to Shimla – Pass Route Toy Train