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How to interpret this infobox
Agra 1938.jpg
Agra rail connections, 1938
Line of route
Agra East Bank to Belanganj
Drummond Road to Alumganj
Gauge / mileage
Metre gauge 11 miles (1892)
14 miles (1938)
Timeline
1890 Work begun on existing broad gauge lines to create mixed gauge route
1892 Line opened to traffic
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Agra East Bank, Agra Fort, Agra Idgah, , Raja-Ki-Mandi (GIPR), Drummond Road, Belanganj (BB&CIR)
System agency
1900 worked by BB&CIR
How to interpret this infobox

A Line infobox is framed in grey and summarises information about a particular railway, or 'line'. In India, as in Britain, it was generally necessary to promote new lines as new companies in order to attract new capital. This allowed for the separation of risk and subscriptions from investors to be ring-fenced. It was also the way preferred by established companies or the Government of India (GOI) to float both new routes and extensions to existing railways if they provided the requisite finance.

It was not uncommon for the name of a proposed railway to be changed between initial survey and eventual opening to traffic.


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Line of route
The principal route of the railway will be given in terms of its start and end points plus any subsidiary branchlines. If the starting point is a junction with another railway, then this will be shown first where there is no conflict with the line's name.
Gauge/mileage
The gauge(s) used together with the mileage open to traffic at given dates. For more on gauge, click here.
2' 6" NG = 2' 6" narrow gauge
2' 0" NG = 2' 0" narrow gauge
Timeline
Key dates in the development of the railway e.g. opening, nationalisation, closure. Use these to frame research strategies e.g. if an opening date is given as 1890, look in L/PWD/2 (railway correspondence), the Gazette of India or Thacker's editions for up to 5 years previously for possible entries detailing the initial survey and construction of the line.
Key locations
The Presidency (Bengal, Bombay or Madras) or Presidencies that the line operated in together with the main stations. Place names follow standard IRCA (Indian Railway Conference Association) or Imperial Gazetteer use, and link through to information about the location where possible. Locational information will help when searching directories like Thacker's.
System agency
Many lines were worked by a larger railway company as part of a wider system, or even by the GOI as a nationalised undertaking. Remember to check this company's records as well if tracking an ancestor.



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How to interpret this infobox
Bombay3.jpg
Mumbai local trains
System timeline
1908 Company re-formed
1925 Nationalised by GOI
1950 Merged to form new IR Zone
Constituent companies / lines
1908 Great Gondor Railway
1908 Cirith Ungol Light Railway
1910 Mount Doom Rack Railway
Key locations
Headquarters Minas Tirith
Workshops Mines of Moria
Major Stations Bywater, Edoras, Helm's Deep, Isengard, Mordor, Rivendell
Successor system / organisation
1950 Middle-earth Railway (IR Zone)
System mileage
BG 1200 miles (1944)
MG 450 miles (1944)
Associated auxiliary force
Rohan Railway Rifles
How to interpret this infobox

A System infobox is framed in yellow and is used to provide information about the large groupings that developed over time. Sometimes,as with the East Indian Railway, both types of infobox are used. The name of the system will appear on the top title bar of the System infobox.

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System timeline
Key dates in the history of the System - formation, takeover or merger of other lines, nationialisation. Effectively, railwaymen became civil servants when their line was nationalised. Knowing when this happened makes checking publications like the India List more straightforward.


Constituent companies / lines
Names of constituent undertakings with dates of merger or takeover




Key locations
Location of System Hedquarters, workshops, principal stations.




Successor system / organisation
Ultimately the zone of Indian Railways that the system became part of.
System mileage
Total mileage at date given for gauge stated.



Associated auxiliary force
Volunteer forces were part-time units which recruited from railway personnel. The major systems had their own battalions and regiments, and these have been identified among the Auxiliary Regiments.