Benares-Allahabad Railway

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The Benares-Allahabad Railway was a section of the East Indian Railway(EIR) mainline which connected Benares to Allahabad and was completed by April 1862 [1]. The EIR mainline first section from Howrah(Calcutta) was opened in 1854 and subsequently ran north-west across Bihar to the Ganges then via Benares and Allahabad to Delhi, with numerous branches.

The India Office Records( IOR), as detailed in Records below, indicate that the EIR contracted for the railway to be constructed by Messrs. Hunt and Elmsley in 1857 and the contract later entrusted to Messrs. Burn & Co Ltd of Howrah


An on-line search of the India Office Records (IOR) held at the British Library relating to this tramway [2] gives several entries, the most relevant as follows: -

  • Z/E/4/30/B314; “Benares, Railway, Line to Allahabad contracted by Messrs. Hunt and Elmsley”; 1857
  • Z/E/4/30/B311; “Benares, Railway, Construction entrusted to Messrs. Burn and Co on terms of existing contracts”; 1857
  • Z/E/4/30/B316; “Benares, Railway, Progress report of”; 1857


  1. “Symphony of Progress - The Saga of the Eastern Railway 1854-2003”; published by Eastern Railway, 2003; page 14
  2. “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 2 Apr 2016