Punjab Northern State Railway

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Punjab Northern State Railway(PNSR)

The route of what became the PNSR, was first surveyed in 1857 and years of political and military debate followed as described under Lahore & Peshawar Railway .

Finally, following further exchanges, the line was constructed by the of Government of India(GoI). The Punjab Northern State Railway(PNSR) was created in 1870-71 to construct and operate the raiway from Lahore to Peshawar. The first section of the line was opened in 1876 and Lahore and Peshawar connected in 1883 [1] with the completion of the Attock Bridge over the river Indus. It was the first railway in India to have been taken under GOI control in 1886.

Francis Joseph Edward Spring was deployed from the Indian Imperial Civil Service's engineering section in 1873 as Consulting Engineer for the survey of the PNSR and the construction of various parts of that Railway and Bridges. He remained attached to the PNSR until 1878.

Several major bridges required construction to complete the PNSR line between from Lahore and Peshawar:-

With others, the Punjab Northern State Railway was merged with the Sind, Punjab and Delhi Railway in 1886 to form the North-Western State Railway (later becoming the North Western Railway).

Records

An on-line search of the India Office Records (IOR) records held at the British Library relating to this railway [2] gives the following:-

  • R/V/24/3590; "Public Works Department: Railways" which includes "Administration report on the construction of the Punjab Northern State Railway, 1877/78 and 1878/79”

Personnel Records

There are no PNSR Staff agreements held at the British Library in the India Office Records.

The following from the Railway Branch of the Public Works Department were deployed to the PNSR

References

  1. Google Books "Engines of Change: The Railroads that Made India" by Ian J. Kerr, page 84 Retrieved on 12 Jul 2016
  2. “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 27 Apr 2016
  3. "Grace's Guide - Henry Francis Storey”; Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  4. Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 501 (pdf page 464) Retrieved on 18 May 2016
  5. Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 560 (pdf page 523 Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  6. British Library - "Photographs Album details for shelfmark Photo 1085/9"; Retrieved 30 May 2016
  7. "Grace's Guide - Horace Bell”; Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  8. Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 465 (pdf page 428) Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  9. Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 506 (pdf page 469) Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  10. Biography "Life of Frederick Lewis Dibblee"; Retrieved on 30 May 2016