The coaches of Kalka-Shimla toy train the Himalayan Queen have been fitted with solar power system with the aim of harnessing green energy and reducing carbon emission. It is the first train in the country to have all its coaches solar-powered. The experiment will earn carbon credit for the track that is on the heritage list of UNESCO.
Each renovated coach has cost Rs 1.25 lakh and is provided with a 100-watt solar panel. The florescent tubes has been replaced with the brighter LED lights. The coach can function two days without the sun (in case of a cloudy sky) and can make two trips. The coaches have also been provided with solar power charging sockets.
Trial runs were earlier done on the Pathankot-Jogindernagar track. For the past one year,one coach each on two trains were run on solar energy. Officials say the conventional generation system became obsolete and required frequent maintenance. With the new system and removal of several mechanisms required under the old generation system,the coaches have become lighter.