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 there was a connection to the DKR owned Kalka-Simla Railway narrow gauge(NG) line that opened in 1903 [1] [2].

Construction of the 161 mile(243km) stated in May 1889 and opened in March 1891. The BG line was initially worked by the East Indian Railway(EIR) [3].

The Thanesar-Kaithal Branch - see separate page ran from Kurukshetra on the DKR, 30 miles(48km), opened in Dec 1910 [3].

Taken over by the Government of India (GoI) in 1925 [4] and the working transferred to the North Western Railway(NWR) on 1 Apr 1926 [5].

+ Umballa is used in this text as it was the name of the Railway Company.
+ Amballa and Ambala are also recorded in different documents as various spellings .


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 [1] gives 23 references. The most important being:-

  • L/F/8/13/945/1 “Delhi Umballa Kalka Railway Company Limited, Contract for the construction of the Delhi Umballa Kalka Railway; 1889”
  • L/AG/46/9 “Records of the Delhi-Umballa-Kalka Railway Company; 1898-1907”
  • L/AG/46/29 “Records of the India Office relating to the Delhi-Umballa-Kalka Railway; 1889-1926”

Personnel Records

There are no Personnel Records held in the IOR

There are limited references in other documents:-

External Links

Further Information

See East Indian Railway BG Lines Worked up to 1925
and North Western Railways Lines Worked from 1926