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Railways to stop supplementary trains

With the winter holidays almost over and lesser number of tourists opting for thetoy train services, the railway authorities have decided to do away with the supplementary trains.

During the year-end holiday rush, tourists found it difficult to buy train tickets with large crowds reaching the ticket counters, and Kalka railway authorities had started a supplementary train to Shimla.

Talking to TOI, Kalka station superintendent V K Arora said, "The number of passengers was a lot more this season. The exact count shall be confirmed when we compile the data relating to the tickets booked online, and those sold at the counters. We expect a lean period till the end of April."

Arora said, "The supplementary train was withdrawn from on Wednesday. At present, most trains are running with 80-85% capacity, and this is likely to continue till the weekend."

Meanwhile, the Kalka-Shimla Toy train is set to be booked for foreign tourists as part of an agreement signed by Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), with an England-based company.

A special train with 90 seats will be run on the heritage track.