Himachal Pradesh is yet to develop a large number of rail tracks and so offers only a limited railway network which is limited to only a few places in the state.
There are 15 railway stations in Himachal Pradesh. However, the major railway line which connects Himachal Pradesh with other states and also some cities within it, is the Kangra Valley Railway line. It starts from Pathankot in Punjab and terminates at Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh passing through important places of Kangra and Palampur. From Pathankot, it takes approximately 8 hours to reach Himachal Pradesh via this route. Pathankot is a major junction point for tourists going to Dharamshala, Bir Billing, Palampur, and Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. Private taxis and buses are available from Pathankot at regular intervals for many popular tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh.
The other important railway line in Himachal Pradesh is the Kalka-Shimla rail route. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is easily accessible by the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train running on this route. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this cute tourist toy train starts from Kalka in Haryana and reaches Shimla in approximately 6 hours.
The other trains operating on the Kalka-Shimla route are the Shivalik Deluxe Express, Rail Motor car; Himalayan Queen, Shimla Express and Shimla Kalka Passenger which are the standard train services.
This route also has two special carriages running on it from March to September, namely, the Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach and the Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach. During the peak season from April to June, the route also has two special trains operating on it.