Delhi-Umballa-Kalka Railway

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The Delhi-Umballa-Kalka Railway(DKR) Company was formed in 1889. The broad gauge(BG) line ran north from Delhi via Umballa+(Ambala) to Kalka in the Himalayan foothills where it joined the Kalka-Simla Railway. [1] [2] [3] The line was worked by the East Indian Railway(EIR) and taken over by the Government of India(GoI) in 1925.

The DKR Company signed a contact in 1898 with GoI for the construction and working of a 2ft/610mm narrow gauge(NG) line from Kalka to Simla. The line was opened to traffic in 1903 and as a result of high capital cost and high maintenance cost the Delhi-Umballa-Kalka Railway Company was by 1904 in severe financial crisis. The Kalka-Simla Railway was purchased by GoI in January 1906. The line was later converted to 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge.


Umballa is used in this text as it was the name of the Railway Company.

Amballa and Ambala are also recorded in differet documents as various spellings .

None of these three place names appear in The Imperial Gazeteer of India 1908 which is taken to be the definitive source