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Hill village on Darjeeling Railway.

Hill village on Darjeeling Railway.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 406/2(31)

Item number: 406231

Genre: Photograph

This view shows a locomotive on the line of the Darjeeling Hill Railway which passes along the main street of the village; it was taken in the 1880s by an unknown photographer. The majority of the prints in this collection entitled 'Album of views of India and Ceylon' are unsigned, however the Darjeeling views may be the work of Johnston & Hoffmann as the company maintained a studio there. Darjeeling, a hill-station in the Eastern Himalayas in West Bengal was the chief summer resort for the British government in Bengal, as well as the centre of a celebrated tea-growing district. Work began on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in 1879 and was completed on 4th July 1881. The line was founded by an agent of the Eastern railway, Franklyn Prestage, and climbs up the mountain for 55 miles from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.

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