Fire in Himalayan Queen train, all passengers safe

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Shimla: A fire broke out in the engine of the Himalayan Queen tourist train in Himachal Pradesh, news agency ANI tweeted on Tuesday.

According to sources, the fire broke out in the engine of train No. 52455 (Himalayan Queen) between Kumarhati and Dharampur on Kalka Shimla heritage section in Solan district.

There were around 200 passengers in seven coaches of the train. The fire was doused by the driver.

Later, the engine was changed and passengers were boarded to Shimla. All the passengers are safe, the news agency tweeted.

Meanwhile, an inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

Notably, the Kalka–Shimla railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge railway in North India which traverses a mostly-mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla.

On 8 July 2008, UNESCO added the Kalka–Shimla railway to the mountain railways of India World Heritage Site.

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