Toy Train’ Joyride Makes A Comeback In Steel City

Rourkela: The toy train, which has become non-operational for quite some time, has staged a comeback with refreshingly new look at the Indira Gandhi Park in Rourkela steel city.

Joyride in toy train would be an added attraction for those who yearn for to relish the greenery at the premiere park of the city. The toy train which was discontinued on technical grounds used to ferry tourists mostly children every year. The joyride this time would be an exhilarating experience particularly for children and teenagers. The bogeys and the engine of the toy train has been refurbished to give it a pleasantly new look, said railway officials here.

Mr. Raj Vir Singh, ED (P&A) inaugurated the Toy Train Platform and flagged off the renovated toy train in the presence of Mr. Gautam Banerjee, ED (Works) and Mr. D K Mohapatra, ED(MM). Also present on the occasion were Mr. A K Nayak, GM (TA&CSR), Mr. P K Das, DGM I/c (Town Services), Mr. B Singh, DGM (Town Engineering) and other senior officers and employees of the department.

Inaugurating the train Singh said “it would again be a crowd puller for the park, which is situated just at the entry to the steel city”.

“Whenever I go to the park I make it a point to ride the train with my kids and wife but for sometimes it was stopped for technical reasons but I am happy it has resumed its services,”, said a local resident Raj Kishore.

Local residents spoke on the same line. “The resumption of toy train service would bring more numbers of visitors to the park. The train makes a small detour around the large pond and the journey is over within five minutes, with the diesel loco pulling it. It’s a nice exciting experience”, added another native Subrat Rout.

The Toy Train, which was out of service for some time, was completely modified and renovated in-house. Several Departments came forward to carry out the job.  Traffic and Raw Material Department contributed by renovating the train and repairing the track.  The worn out sleeper of the track was replaced by salvaged sleepers used inside the plant, according to railway officials.