Southern Punjab Railway
|Southern Punjab Railway|
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|Line of route|
| Delhi to Samasata|
McLeod Ganj to Ludhiana
Narwana to Kaithal (branch)
|Gauge / mileage|
|Broad gauge||502 miles (1905)|
|1897||Delhi to Samasata line opened to traffic|
|1930||Line acquired by State and merged into NWR|
|Stations||Bahawalpur, Bhatinda, Fazilka, Ferozepore, Jakhai, Rohtak|
|Worked by North Western Railway|
|How to interpret this infobox|
The Southern Punjab Railway(SPR) was a broad gauge line built to provide a more direct connection from Karachi to Delhi by linking to the original Indus Valley line at Samasata and avoiding the North Western Railway loop via Lahore.
The CPR main line ran north west from Delhi to Bhatinda then south west through Bahawalpur State to Samasata, a total distance of 402 miles.
SPR Branch Lines and extensions
- Delhi-Samasatta Railway was opened in 1897 by the SPR connecting Delhi with Samasatta via Bhatinda. The line passed through Muktasar and Fazilka and provided direct connection through Samasatta (now in Pakistan) to Karachi.
- Macleodganj Railway was an extension constructed by Southern Punjab Railway in 1905 and worked by them. Later renamed Mandi Sadiqgan Railway and now in Pakistan.
Railways absorbed into SPR
- Sutlej Valley Railway, opened 1910. Constructed as part of Sutlej Valley Irrigation project; merged into SPR, 1917-18; some evidence that line then dismantled.
Lines worked by SPR at some time
- Narwana-Kaithal Railway, opened 1899, extended to Kuruksheta, 1910; worked by SPR.
India Office Records relating to the Southern Punjab Railway Company Reference: IOR/L/AG/46/39 Administrative History: Company formed in 1895. Main line ran north west from Delhi to Bhatinda then south west through Bahawalpur State to Samasata, a total distance of 402 miles. Several extension lines (Jullunder, Sutlej Valley etc.). Worked by the North Western State Railway (see L/AG/46/34). Purchased by Government in 1930.