Bengal-Nagpur Railway - Lines Owned and Worked

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Bengal-Nagpur Railway Map 1909

Bengal-Nagpur Railway - Lines Owned and Worked

- a sub-section of the Bengal-Nagpur Railway(BNR) page

The Bengal-Nagpur Railway (BNR) owned and operated an extensive network of railways of broad gauge (BG) and 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge (NG) railways.

By 1918 there was total of 2,795 miles(4,498km) of open lines in the BNR system - this comprised:-

  • 1,888 miles(3,038km) of BG lines
  • 907 miles(1,468km) of NG.
  • A further 328 miles(528km) were under construction - 266 miles(428km) of BG and 62 miles(100km) of NG.

The BNR also managed, worked and maintained a number of lines on behalf of other parties.

BNR Broad Gauge (BG) Network

1918 BG Network

The listing below is based on the “Administration Report on Railways 1918” [1]

  • BNR Main Line Asansol to Nagpur; 630 miles (1,014km); fully opened as BG by 1891. The Nagpur Chhattisgarh Railway in 1880-83 opened the 'Nagpur to Rajnandgaon Section', 144 miles(232km) as MG, converted to BG in 1888.
    • Sanctoria Coal Branch Damodaodar to Sanctoria Collieries; opened 1889; 8 miles(13km)
    • Chaurashi Branch Ramkanali to Nodila Colliery; opened 1903; 9 miles(14km)
    • Sambalpur Branch Jharauguda to Sambalpar; opened 1893; 30 miles(48km)
    • Katni Branch Bilaspur via Katni to the GIPR Marwara Junction; fully opened 1891; 197 miles(316km). This was the former Bilaspur-Etawa Provincial State Railway. The Katni-Umaria Provincial State Railway in 1886 had opened Katni to Umaria section, 36 miles(58km)
    • Kanham - Dattapahar Spur; opened 1907; 17 miles(28km)
    • Calcutta Extension Line Sini to Howrah; opened 1900; 171 miles(274km)
    • Fort Gloster; Lawrence Mill; East Loop Narin Bank and Kidderpore Lines; opened 1900; 4 miles(6.4km)
    • Fuleshwar Ring Mill Line; opened 1917; 0.4 mile(0.7km)
    • Shalimar Branch Santragachi to Shalimar; opened 1901; 3.1 miles(5km)
    • Cuttack Extension Khargpur to Cuttack; opened 1898-99; 182 miles(292km)
    • Jharia Extension Khargpur to Midnapur, opened 1901; to Bhojudih, 1903; to Gomoh, 1907; to Bhowrah, 1914. Total 151 miles(243km)
    • Jhariah Coalfields Spurs ‘Bhojudih-Bhaga-Mounuda Loop’, opened 1903-04; ‘Bhowra Spur’, opened 1903; ‘Bhojudih-Pathardihi Link’, opened 1906 and extended 1915. Total 22 miles(35km);
    • Nonoodih BNR-EIR Connection, opened 1915, 1.4 miles(2.3km)
    • Katras Connections Malkera to Katras, opened 1903; Khanoodih to Katras, opened 1907. Total 2.5 miles(4km)
    • Murulidih Branch Mohuda to Murulidih Collieries, opened 1907, 2.7 miles(4.3km)
    • Jamadoba Loop, opened 1903, 5.4 miles(8.7km)
    • Aldih Branch, opened 1906, 2.5 miles(4km)
    • Visianagram - Parvatipuram Extension Visianagram to Bobbili, opened 1908; Bobbili to Parvatipuram, opened 1900. Total 48 miles(77km)
    • Bobbili - Salur Branch Bobbilli to Salur, opened 1913, 10 miles(16km)
    • Kalimati - Gorumahisani Extension, Kalimati (later to become Tatanagar Junction) to Gorumahisani , opened 1911, 40 miles(64km). The ‘Badampahar Spur’ extended the line to the Badamphar Iron Mines in about 1922
    • Bokharo Ramgarh Extension Mghuda via Jamuniatand to the BNR/EIR joint line, opened 1913-15. Total 22 miles(35km).
    • Kalamna - Itsari - Nagpur Section Kalamna via Itsari to Nagpur, opened 1911, 4 miles(6.4km)
  • BNR East Coast Railway Northern Section Cuttack to Waltair formerly part of the East Coast State Railway, opened 1894-97, 321 miles(516km)
    • Naupuda Salt Branch included in above
    • Puri Branch included in above

BG Lines under construction as at 1918

  • Raipur - Parvatipuram Line, sanctioned 1906, 261 miles(420km)
  • Kandra - Gomharia Chord, sanctioned 1914, 5.5 miles(8.9km)
  • Panposh-Ruipura Railway, sanctioned 1917, constructed and worked by BNR opened 1919-20, 14 miles(23km)

Later BG extensions after 1918

BG Lines worked by BNR

See separate pages for details

BNR Narrow Gauge (NG) Network

The listing below is based on the “Administration Report on Railways 1918” [2]

BNR 2ft 6in/762mm Narrow Gauge Lines

See separate pages for details

NG Lines worked by BNR

See separate pages for details

References

  1. " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; pages 1-3; Retrieved 22 Dec 2017
  2. " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; pages 6-11; Retrieved 22 Dec 2017