KALKA, India – Two British tourists who died when a “toy train” crashed in the foothills of the Himalayas have been named.
Loraine Toner and Joan Nickolas, both 60, were killed in the accident on Saturday that left three other people seriously injured. It is believed that the women were traveling with their husbands.
Witnesses said the train was going at twice its normal speed as it left Kalka railway station before it derailed on a bend.
Fellow passengers gave the two women first aid, but were not able to save them.
The women were among 37 passengers – 34 of whom were Britons – on the Kalka-Shimla narrow-gauge railway, nicknamed the Toy Train.
Ten Brits and three Indian crew were injured. Two people were left critical.
Foreign Office minister for Asia Hugo Swire said: “I am saddened two British nationals have been killed. My thoughts are with their family and friends.”
The £1,795 a head, 12-day tour was organized by York-based Great Rail Journeys.
Railway officials are investigating the cause of the crash.