A DHR train rounds the famous Batasia double loop. In the background is Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, at just over 28,000 ft.
The kingpin of the preservation effort has been the DHR Heritage Foundation, formed in Darjeeling in 1994. It has been supported by an informal organisation, Friends of the DHR, which has brought prominent preservationists to India to help with various aspects of the conservation process. In Austria, the Friends of Nature had an important rôle in the listing of the Semmering Pass railway as the first railway World Heritage site, and have strongly supported the DHR.
Residents of India may contact Shri R.K. Baid’s DHR India Support Group, c/o Hotel Cindrella, 3rd mile, Sevoke Road, Siliguri, West Bengal, 734401 India. Telephone: (0353) 544130, 547136; Fax: (0353) 531173.
Efforts are also being made to establish a DHR support society in North America. There is a Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (UK), based in Britain, for enthusiasts for the DHR who live there. You can reach their website via the link below.