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The Pakistan Eastern Railway (Urdu: پاکستان مشرقی ریلویز‎, Bengali: পাকিস্তান পূর্বাঞ্চলীয় রেলপথ) was one of two divisions of Pakistan Railways which operated between 1961 and 1971. The company was headquartered in Chittagong.[2] With the emergence of Bangladesh, it became Bangladesh Railway.[3]

Pakistan Eastern Railway
Native name
پاکستان مشرقی ریلویز
পাকিস্তান পূর্বাঞ্চলীয় রেলপথ
State-owned enterprise
PredecessorAssam Bengal Railway
SuccessorBangladesh Railway
Founded1 February 1961 (58 years ago) (1961-02-01)[1]
Area served
East Bengal (with limited service to India)
OwnerGovernment of Pakistan
ParentMinistry of Railways



When Pakistan gained its independence from Britain in 1947, the Assam Bengal Railway was split between Pakistan and India. Approximately 2603.92 kilometres of rail track fell within East Bengal's territory in Pakistan. The railway was then renamed to Eastern Bengal Railway, under control of the federal government. On 1 February 1961, the Eastern Bengal Railway was renamed to the Pakistan Eastern Railway and in the following year, control of Pakistan Eastern Railway was transferred from the Federal government to the Government of East Pakistan. It was placed under the management of the Pakistan Eastern Railways Board with the effect from the financial year 1962-63 by Presidential Order of 9 June 1962.[4] From 1950 to 1955, the Mashriq–Maghreb Express (#5214) operated from Koh-e-Taftan in West Pakistan to Chittagong in East Pakistan, using Indian railway track and rolling stock for a 1986 km (1245 miles) journey between Attari and Benapole.


With Bangladesh becoming independent in 1971, the Pakistan Eastern Railway renamed itself to Bangladesh Railway.

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  2. ^ "History". Bangladesh Railways. Archived from the original on 15 November 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  3. ^ Fida, Quazi Abul (2012). "Railway". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  4. ^ Rao, M.A. (1988). Indian Railways, New Delhi: National Book Trust, p.39

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