Bengal Provincial Railway

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Bengal Provincial Railway
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Line of route
Magra to Tarakeshwar
Gauge / mileage
2' 6" NG 33 miles (1905)
42 miles (1943)
Timeline
1894 Construction started
1917 Dasghara-Jamalpurganj line planned
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Magra, Tarakeshwar
System agency
Own agency
How to interpret this infobox

The Bengal Provincial Railway Company (BPR) was formed c.1884.

This private line, formerly known as Tarakeshwar Magra Railway, was opened in 1885; a short (33 mile) 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) railway from Magra (in Hooghly district) to Tarakeshwar, an important place of pilgrimage for the Shiva sect. [1]

The Dasghara-Jamalpurgunj Railway, opened 1919 as an extension to the BPR.

The BPR line closed in 1956.

Records

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 [2] gives the following: -

  • L /F/8/19/1451 “Bengal Provincial Railway Company Limited, Contract for construction and working of a railway from Dasghara to Jamalpurganj; 1919”

References

  1. " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 216; Retrieved 30 Jan 2016
  2. “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 20 Jan 2016