April Main Meeting – ” The Toy Train to the Clouds”

We were taken from the hot, humidity of Calcutta up to the cooler, fresher mountain air of the old hill station of Darjeeling on one of the world’s great railway journeys involving “The Toy Train to the Clouds”. Our guide was Captain Paul Whittle, who gave a wonderful talk on the World Heritage British-built Darjeeling railway which climbs 7,000 feet to the foothills of the Himalayas.  The colours, sights, sounds and smells of the towns and villages en route were gloriously illustrated with many lovely photographs in Paul’s presentation.  Not only did we learn about the railway, but also about the history and people of the region.  The tea plantations, the fabulous regal buildings and the links with the British Empire were highlighted as was the fabulous scenery and stunning views of the snow clad Kangchenjunga and the Himalayas. No wonder the Raj loved Darjeeling.  We hope that Paul will pay us a return visit in 2018 to tell us more of his travellers’ tales