Delhi–Kalka line

The Delhi–Kalka line is a railway line connecting Delhi and Kalka. It connects to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kalka–Shimla Railway.

Delhi–Kalka line
Kalka railway station nameplate.jpg
Kalka railway station the last station on Delhi–Kalka line
Overview
StatusOperational
OwnerIndian Railways
LocaleDelhi, Haryana, Chandigarh
TerminiDelhi
Kalka
Service
Operator(s)Northern Railway
History
Opened1891
Technical
Track length267 km (166 mi)
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge
Electrification25 kV 50 Hz AC OHLE in 1992–2000
Operating speedup to 130 km/h
Route map

km
planned link to
Bilaspur–Leh line
268
Kalka
Jhajra River
Jhajra River
259
Surajpur
252
Chandi Mandir
243
Chandigarh
Sukhna Choe
km
232
Ghaggar
Narwana
86
221
Dappar
Guthuri
78
216
Lalru
Kalayat
70
Bharat Petroleum
Gas Plant
Sajuma
61
Quatubpur
55
206
Dhulkot
Kaithal
49
Ambala Cantt
Geong
42
Tik
35
Tangri River
Solu Majra Halt
30
188
Mohri
Pehowa Road
25
Markanda River
Pabnawa Jaswinder
21
178
Shahbad Markanda
Pindarsi
16
172
Dhola Mazra
Jyotisar Halt
09
167
Dhirpur
162
Dhoda Khedi
3
Thanesar City
Jind
151
Jind City 148
Pandu Pindara 142
0
156
Kurukshetra
FCI depot
Sunderpur
137
148
Amin
Siwaha
134
Pilu Khera
129
139
Nilokheri
Budhakhera
123
135
Taraori
Silakheri
117
130
Bhaina Khurd
Safidon
112
Karsindhu
105
Nara Halt
103
123
Karnal
Madlauda
098
113
Bazida Jatan
Asan
092
105
Gharaunda
100
Kohand
Khukrana
088
95
Babarpur
081
89
Panipat
Binjhol
074
FCI depot
Naultha
067
Israna
061
Dhurana
056
Mudlana
051
80
Diwana
Sarsadh
047
Sumit Textile Limited
Gohana
041
71
Samalkha
65
Bhodwal Majri
Rabhra
034
59
Ganaur
Lath
026
CONCOR container yard
Mohana Haryana
019
55
Rajlu Garhi
Barwasni
009
52
Sandal Kalan
000
43
Sonipat
38
Harsana Kalan
33
Rathdhana
26
Narela
21
Holambi Kalan
17
Khera Kalan
14
Badli Delhi Metro logo.svg
9
Adar Chandigarhsh
Nagar
7
Azadpur
Dayabasti
02
Vivekanand Puri Halt
01
3
Sabzi Mandi
Delhi Sarai Rohilla
00
Kishanganj
01
Sadar Bazar
03
0
Old Delhi
Sadar Bazar
coaching yard
New Delhi
coaching yard
km
Delhi Metro logo.svg New Delhi
05
Shivaji Bridge
06
Tilak Bridge
07
Pragati Maidan
09
Hazrat Nizamuddin
12
km
Sources:
Google Maps
Sonipat Jind DEMU
Rohtak Jind passenger via Panipat
Delhi Kalka Passenger
Kurukshetra Jind Passenger

HistoryEdit

The Delhi–Panipat–Ambala–Kalka line was opened in 1891.[1]

The 2 ft (610 mm)-wide narrow-gauge Kalka–Shimla Railway was constructed by Delhi–Panipat–Ambala–Kalka Railway Company and opened for traffic in 1903.[2] In 1905 the line was regauged to 2 ft 6 in (762 mm)-wide narrow gauge.

ElectrificationEdit

Sabjimandi (Delhi)–Panipat–Karnal sector was electrified in 1992–1995, Karnal–Kurukshetra sector in 1995–96, Kurukshetra–Ambala in 1996–98, Ambala–Chandigarh in 1998–99 and Chandigarh–Kalka in 1999–2000.[3]

Loco shedsEdit

Ambala has a diesel loco shed for minor maintenance of WDS-4 shunters. The locos are sent to Shakurbasti for major maintenance or repairs. Kalka has a narrow-gauge diesel shed for the maintenance of ZDM-3 and ZDM-5 narrow-gauge diesel locos.[4]

Speed limitsEdit

The Delhi–Panipat–Ambala–Kalka line is classified as a ‘Group B’ line which can take speeds up to 130 km/h.[5]

Passenger movementEdit

Delhi, Panipat, Ambala Cantonment and Chandigarh on this line are amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[6]

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.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IR History: Early Days II (1870–1899)". IRFCA. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Engineer" journal article, circa 1915, reprinted in Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review, no. 75, July 2008
  3. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Sheds and workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Chapter II – The Maintenance of Permanent Way". IRFCA. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Geography – Railway Zones". IRFCA. Retrieved 25 January 2014.

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