Chikballapur-Bangalore City Railway

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Chikballapur-Bangalore City Railway
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Line of route
Chikballapur to Bangalore
Gauge / mileage
2' 6" NG 38 miles (1918)
1918 Opened to traffic
Key locations
Presidency Madras
Stations Chikballapur, Bangalore
System agency
1918 Worked by Mysore State Railway
How to interpret this infobox
Chikballapur-Bangalore City Railway

The Chikballapur-Bangalore City Railway, also described as the Bangalore-Chik Ballapur Light Railway, was a 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) railway, operated by the ‘Mysore State Railway’(MSR). This railway was an enterprise by an Indian Company floated for the purpose under a guarantee from the Mysore Durbar . Construction was sanctioned in 1909 but the Company was unable to raise the entire capital and Mysore Durbar became joint owners [1]

The NG railway, 39 miles(62km) from Bangalore City via Yelanka to Chik-Ballapur opened in stages from 1915 from Chik-Ballapur where it connected to the NG ‘Kolar District Railway’ , to Yellanka in 1917 and finally reached Bangalore in 1918[1].

Together these two railways were operated by the ‘Mysore State Railway’ as part of the ‘MSR System’ and provided a NG connection between Bangalore and Bowringpet.

Later Development

The section near Bangalore to Yelanka , 10 miles(16km), was subsequently dismantled[2] leaving the line with the description Yelahaka-Bangarpet Railway, worked as part of the ‘Mysore State Railway’(MSR).

The date of this part closure has not been determined, it was certainly after 1937 [3] where is was noted that this section had been converted to mixed gauge 2ft 6 in NG and metre gauge(MG) with running rights given to the ‘Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway’(M&SMR). It can be assumed this section, once closed was operating on MG by the M&SMR.

External links

  • "The station that time forgot" by Siddharth Raja April 30, 2016 The Hindu. Nandi Halt station, at the foot of the Nandi Hills, was on part of the line which opened August 1, 1915.