Shrubs spring up around a rusted train engine in southeast Nepal, with carriages propped up on bricks and tall grass growing over abandoned wheels in mute testimony to years of neglect suffered by an abandoned railway line.
First built as a cargo line to carry wood from Nepal to India in 1937, it was once the lifeblood of the community in Janakpur, running 29 km (18 miles) from Jainagar in India's neighbouring eastern state of Bihar.
The expansion will create 350 jobs, Dangi said, complete with plans for a museum to showcase the old German-made abandoned carriages and engines.
The expanded route would also make it easier for tourists to visit the Ram Janaki temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which devout Hindus believe to be the birthplace of the goddess Sita.
Completion can't come quickly enough for Rafid Kabadi, who drove trains on the old line for 25 years, the third generation of his family in the job.
"I am sad the train stopped, but happy the new one is coming," he said, standing before a rusted carriage with his grandson.