The Story of a Ghost Tunnel : Tunnel 33 Shimla (Barog Tunnel)
Himachal Pradesh named Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods) known for its beautiful Valleys, Scenic Mountains, and free flowing rivers. When India was under British Rule Himachal was the favorite place of British Governors. It became the summer capital of British India in 1864 and was also the headquarters of the British army in India. It was the Britishers who brought railway to Himachal Pradesh. The Shimla - Kalka narrow gauge rail line was completed in the year 1898. The rail track was laid by burrowing mountains making tunnels.
There were originally 107 tunnels when Shimla-Kalka track was built, but 103 are operational today. There is a tunnel “Barog” 46 KM from Kalka it is said that this Tunnel is haunted.But it is said that the ghost is friendly.
How Tunnel 33 Became Haunted
During British rule Er. Barog was responsible for designing a tunnel near the railway station. He commenced digging the tunnel from both sides of the mountain, which is quite common as it speeds up construction. However, he made mistakes in his calculation and while constructing the tunnel, it was found that the two ends of the tunnel did not meet.Barog was fined an amount of 1 Rupee by the British government. Unable to withstand the humiliation, Barog committed suicide and was buried near the incomplete tunnel. The area came to be known as Barog after him.
Later it was constructed under Chief Engineer H.S. Harrington's supervision, guided by a local sage, Bhalku, from July 1900 to September 1903, at a cost of 840,000 rupees.
This tunnel is the longest of the 103 operational tunnels on the route of the Shimla-Kalka Railway, which is 1143.61m long.
Barog station is immediately after the tunnel. Barog tunnel is the straightest tunnel in the World. For a long span of time, it was the 2nd longest rail tunnel of India.