Bengal and North Western Railway

The Bengal and North Western Railway was owned and worked by the Bengal and North Western Railway Company (registered 23 October 1882, dissolved October 1946). The Bengal and North Western Railway was merged into the Oudh and Tirhut Railway on 1 January 1943.[1]

Bengal and North Western Railway
IndustryRailways
Predecessornone
Founded1882
Defunct1 January 1943
SuccessorOudh and Tirhut Railway
Headquarters
Area served
Northern India
ServicesRail transport

Bengal & North Western main lineEdit

Bengal & North Western main line was a 301-mile-long (484 km) metre gauge line consisting of the following sections:

  • Sonepur to Mankapur (219 miles (352 km)) opened 15 January 1885
  • Mankapur to Gonda (17 miles (27 km)) opened 2 April 1884
  • Gonda to Colonelganj (18 miles (29 km)) opened (29 October 1891) 1 February 1892
  • Colonelganj to Jarwal Road (11 miles (18 km)) opened 1 February 1892
  • Jarwal Road to Bahramghat (5 miles (8 km)) (including Elgin Bridge) opened 18 December 1896
  • Bahramghat to Burhwal (4 miles (6.4 km)) opened 24 November 1896
  • Burwhal to Barabanki (broad gauge: 17 miles (27 km)) opened 1 April 1872
    • Burhwal to Barabanki (broad to mixed gauge) converted 24 November 1896
    • Burhwal to Barabanki (mixed to metre gauge) converted around 1943
  • Dighwara-Goldingganj diversion (7 miles (11 km)) opened around 1960
  • Barabanki to Chhapra (metre to broad gauge) converted 1981
  • Chhapra Kacheri to Dighwara (metre to broad gauge: 10 miles (16 km)) converted autumn 2006

Bengal & North Western Railway Loop lineEdit

  • Chapra-Allahabad line (metre gauge: 200 miles)
  • Chapra (Chhapra) to Revelganj (7 miles)
  • Revelganj to west of Revelganj (1 mile) opened (15 April) 15 May 1891 opened (15 Mar) 1 April 1899
  • West of Revelganj to Bakulaha (5 miles) (Inchcape Bridge) opened 7 February 1912
  • Bakulaha to Phephna (33 miles)
  • Phephna to Ghazipur (31 miles)
  • Ghazipur ghat to Aunrihar (26 miles)
  • Aunrihar to Benares (Varanasi) City (EI) (20 miles) Benares Cant. (BNW) to Benares City (BNW) (2 miles)
  • Benares Cant (Junction) (EI) to Madhosingh (29 miles)
  • Madhosingh to Jhusi (41 miles)
  • Jhusi to Izat Bridge (3 miles)
  • Izat Bridge to Allahabad City (1 mile) ~ old Manjhi branch (metre gauge: 3 miles) Revelganj to Manjhi (3 miles) ~ old Chandiara ghat branch (metre gauge: 2 miles)
  • Bakulaha to Chandiaraghat (2 miles)
  • Phephna to Indara (32 miles)
  • Mirzapur branch (metre gauge: 7 miles) Madhosingh to Mirzapurghat (6 miles) Mirzapurghat to Chilh (½ mile)
  • Maharajganj branch (metre gauge: 4 miles)
  • Duraundha (Daronda) to Maharajganj (broad gauge: 4 miles)
  • Siwan-Captainganj line (metre gauge: 79 miles)
  • Siwan (Sawan) to Thawe (metre to broad gauge: 18 miles)
  • Thawe to Turkauha (Tamkuki Road) (23 miles)
  • Turkauha to Captainganj (Kaptanganj) (38 miles)
  • Bhatni-Benares Chord (metre gauge: 79 miles)
  • Bhatni to Tartipur (17 miles)
  • Tartipur to Mau (26 miles)
  • Mau to Aunrihar (36 miles)
  • Bhatni to Aunrihar (metre to broad gauge)
  • Barhaj branch (metre gauge: 13 miles) Salimpur to Barhaj Bazar (13 miles)
  • Dohrighat branch (metre gauge: 54 miles)
  • Indara to Dohrighat (22 miles)
  • Shahganj branch (metre gauge: 62 miles)
  • Mau to Azamgarh (27 miles)
  • Azamgarh to Shahganj (35 miles)
  • Jaunpur branch (metre gauge: 36 miles)
  • Aunrihar-Jaunpur via Kerakat (opened 21 March 1904)

Bengal and North Western Railway Battalion, Bengal ArmyEdit

The Bengal and North Western Railway Battalion was an infantry regiment under the Volunteer Corps of the British Indian Army. The auxiliary regiment was formed on 14 June 1879 as the Bengal and North Western Railway Volunteer Rifles by the British East India Company. The headquarters of the regiment was established in Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The uniform of Bengal and North Western Railway Battalion was khaki drill with white facings and the military badge included St. Andrew's cross in a thistle wreath. The battalion included staff from the Bengal and North Western Railway which was a metre gauge railway company. On 17 June 1892, the Bengal and North Western Railway Battalion was merged with the Tirhut State Railway Volunteer Rifle Corps. Later in 1917 it was designated as the 22nd Bengal and North Western Railway Battalion. Eventually the regiment was renamed as the Bengal and North Western Railway Battalion on 1 October 1920.[2]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Rao, M.A. (1988). Indian Railways, New Delhi: National Book Trust
  2. Chapter 1 - Evolution of Indian Railways-Historical Background

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 157-162; Retrieved 15 September 2017
  2. ^ India, Army Headquarters (2012). Indian Army List January 1919 — Volume 2. Andrews UK Limited. p. 834. ISBN 9781781502570. Retrieved 15 September 2017.

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