Railmotor car started by Viceroy in 1927. It stated 22 years later after the Kalka Shimla rail route launched in 1905. This rail motor car initiated as a private vehicle of the viceroy. Unique Design of this car has gained popularity. The government started 4 new cars after this.
After independence, this rail motor has used by Gandhi, Nehru, and Jinha for their travel to Shimla. This train now used for tourist and can also be charted for small groups.
Kalka to Shimla Rail Motor departs early morning at 9:30 AM from toy train platform of Kalka railways station. We can say this is the fastest train on Kalka Shimla route covers the distance to Shimla in approximately 4 hours.
Rail motor has evening time to depart from Shimla railways station at 5:25 PM. It takes 15 minutes less travel time to Kalka as compared to travelling upward Kalka to Shimla by Rail Motor. Downward travel is the reason of lesser travel time.
Rail Motor can be booked by IRCTC website or mobile app. Many travel booking portals like MMT, GoIbibo, Clear Trip and PayTm also provide facility to book Rail Motor by website and mobile app. You can also check seat availability of Rail Motor through above portals
Interior and Toilet
This car is a single coach train. Its look more like a Jeep and driver sits inside the coach to drive this vehicle. 12 passenger can travel in rail motor car other than the driver. The car fitted with a fiberglass roof for a view of skies. Shatabdi like seats and an advanced music system is newly added features to the rail motor car. Toilet facility is not available in these type of trains on Kalka Shimla railways
Fare and food
Kalka Shimla rail motor fare is Rs. 300 per person. Food is not included in this fare as this train do not have onboard catering. This train has a stoppage for refreshment and food at Barog railways station. Barog station is middle of Kalka Shimla railway route.