Delhi-Samasata Railway

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Delhi-Samasata Railway

The Delhi-Samasata Railway was broad gauge(BG) line that opened in 1897 by the ‘Southern Punjab Railway’ Company’(SPR) connecting Delhi with Samasata via Bhatinda.

The railway formed the SPR ’Delhi-Samasata Mainline’, opened Nov 1897, 399 miles(642km) [1]

The terminus of the SPR at Samasata was an interchange junction with the North Western Railway(NWR) - Lahore-Karachi Mainline . At Bahawalpur it ran alongside the NWR track as far as terminus at Samasata [2]

The line was worked by the 'North Western Railway'


Refer to FIBIS Fact File #4: “Research sources for Indian Railways, 1845-1947” - available from the Fibis shop. This Fact File contains invaluable advice on 'Researching ancestors in the UK records of Indian Railways' with particular reference to the India Office Records (IOR) held at the British Library

An on-line search of the IOR records relating to this railway [3] gives the following: -

  • L/F/8/14/1003/2 “Southern Punjab Railway Company Limited, Contract for the construction of the Delhi-Samasata Railway; 1895”

Further Information


  1. “Administration Report on Railways 1918” page 120-26 (pdf129-134); Retrieved 30 Apr 2020
  2. British Library*L/F/8/14/1003/1; “Messrs. Ogilvy, Gillanders and Company, Agreement for the formation of a company for the construction of a railway from Delhi to Samasata in connection with the North Western State Railway “29 Jul 1895
  3. British Library “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 22 Jan 2016