Barkakana–Son Nagar line

The Barkakana–Son Nagar line is an Indian railway line connecting Barkakana and Son Nagar on the Gaya–Mughalsarai section of the Grand Chord. This 313-kilometre (194 mi) track is under the jurisdiction of East Central Railway.

Barkakana–Son Nagar line (including Ranchi–Tori line and Garhwa Road–Billi line)
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Son Nagar Junction the starting point of Barkakana–Son Nagar line
Overview
StatusOperational
OwnerIndian Railways
LocaleBihar, Jharkhand
Termini
Stations41
Service
SystemElectrified
Operator(s)East Central Railway
History
Opened1907
Technical
Line length313 km (194 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge
Electrificationelectrified in 1962
Operating speedup to 160 km/h (99 mph)
Route map

km
0
Son Nagar
Left arrow Mughalsarai Jn. · Gaya Jn. Right arrow
8
Baghabishnupur
16
Ankorah
22
Barkisalaiya
30
Nabinagar Road
Bihar
Jharkhand
border
39
Kajrat Nawadih
46
Japla
53
Haidar Nagar
58
Kosiara
65
Mohammad Ganj
71
Satbahini
77
Untari Road
82
Karkatta
87
Sigsigi
Up arrow
135
Billi
Left arrow
132
Salai Banwa
124
Paras Pani
119
Gurmura
110
Jogidih
100
Renukut
93
Muirpur Road
85
Jharokhas
78
Dudhinagar
Kanhar River
66
Mahuariya
56
Wyndhamganj
Uttar Pradesh
Jharkhand
border
44
Nagaruntari
32
Ramna
MBRL siding
Banki River
21
Meralgram
10
Garhwa
North Koel River
93
0
Garhwa Road
99
Tolra
104
Lalgarh Bihar Halt
109
Rajhura
Amanat River
120
Kajri
Right arrow
126
Daltonganj
134
Chianki
Auranga River
141
Kechki
148
Mangra Halt
Left arrow
to Ambikapur (planned)
154
Barwadih
162
Chhipadohar
171
Hehegara Halt
181
Kumendi
188
Bendi
194
Latehar
201
Demu
209
Richughuta
217
Chetar
227
0
Tori
Right arrow
14
Bodagram
30
Barkichampi
36
Hendlaso Bhogta Bagicha
Hindalco Siding
44
Lohardaga
53
Irgaon
58
Akashi
64
Nagjua
72
Narkopi
82
Tangerbansli
89
Itki
98
Piska
Left arrow
Left arrow
109
Argora
111
Ranchi
Left arrow
Down arrow
233
Mahuamilan
Damodar River
247
Nindra
249
McCluskieganj
Piparwar CCP/CHP Siding
Damodar River
Khalari Cement Plant siding
255
Khalari
Hesalong Colliery siding
261
Ray
269
Kole Block Halt
275
Hendegir
278
Chhapar Halt
283
Tokisud
Religara Colliery siding
Giddi Colliery siding
Damodar River
290
Patratu
Sayal Colliery siding
JSEB
Thermal Power Station
Saunda Colliery siding
JSPL Steel and
Power plant
299
Bhurkunda
Right arrow
308
Barkakana
Up arrow
Down arrow

HistoryEdit

In 1902, a branch line of EIR was opened from Sone East Bank (later renamed Son Nagar) to Daltonganj. With the development of South Karanpura Coalfield, the Central India Coalfields Railway opened a line from Gomoh to Barkakana in 1927 and from Barkakana to Daltonganj in 1929. These lines were subsequently taken over by EIR.[1]

Bridging the Soane/SonEdit

The total length of the Upper Soane Bridge across the Soane, as the river was then called, over abutments is 3,064 metres (10,052 ft).[2] It was opened for traffic on 27 February 1900. When it was built, it was the longest bridge in India and was believed to be the second-longest bridge in the world, short of the Tay Bridge near Dundee.[3][2] Subsequently, longer road bridges were built but it remained the longest rail bridge in India for many years.[4] The opening of the 4.62 km Vembanad Rail Bridge, connecting the Container Transshipment Terminal on Vallarpadam Island to Edappally, in February 2011, pushed it to the second position.[5][6]

Freight corridorEdit

Son Nagar is expected to be connected with Ludhiana as part of the Eastern Corridor. The primary feeder routes for this will be from Sonnagar to Durgapur via Gomoh, Sonnagar to Tatanagar via Garhwa Road, and Barkakana to Bokaro via Chandrapura.[7]

Railway reorganisationEdit

In 1952, Eastern Railway, Northern Railway and North Eastern Railway were formed. Eastern Railway was formed with a portion of East Indian Railway Company, east of Mughalsarai and Bengal Nagpur Railway. Northern Railway was formed with a portion of East Indian Railway Company west of Mughalsarai, Jodhpur Railway, Bikaner Railway and Eastern Punjab Railway. North Eastern Railway was formed with Oudh and Tirhut Railway, Assam Railway and a portion of Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway.[8] East Central Railway was created in 1996–97.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Saxena, R.P. "Indian Railway History Time line". Irse.bravehost.com. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b L. S. S. O'Malley. Bihar and Orissa Gazetteers Shahabad. Concept Publishing Company. p. 166. ISBN 978-81-7268-122-7.
  3. ^ "As the traffic continued to grow even beyond the capacity of the". Tripod. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Longest Railway Bridge in India". Colours of India. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  5. ^ "A bridge over Vembanad Lake". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Longest railway bridge in Kochi". ForumCo.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Freight Trains". What is dedicated freight corridor?. IRFCA. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Geography – Railway Zones". IRFCA. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  9. ^ "East Central Railway". ECR. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.