Birur-Shimoga Railway

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Birur-Shimoga Railway
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Line of route
Birur to Shimoga
Gauge / mileage
Metre gauge 38 miles (1905)
1899 Opened to traffic
1919 Reverted to Mysore State control
1934 Extended to Anandapuram
1938 Extended to Sagara
1940 Extended to Talaguppe
Key locations
Presidency Madras
Stations Birur, Shimoga
System agency
1899 Worked by Southern Mahratta Railway
1907 Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway
1919 Mysore State Railway
How to interpret this infobox

The Birur-Shimoga Railway was a metre gauge(MG) branch line in the Princely Mysore State, it was worked by Southern Mahratta Railway(SMR) which became Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway(M&SMR). [1]

In 1919, the Mysore State succesfully sought the reversion of the Mysore to Bangalore section and two branch lines, the Birur-Shimoga and the Mysore-Nanjangud Railway becaame the Mysore State Railway(MSR).

In 1940 the MSR Birur-Shimoga Railway line was extended to include the Sagara-Talaguppe Railway


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/8/20/1704 “Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway Company Limited, Contract as to transfer of Mysore-Nanjangud, Birur-Shimoga and Mysore-Bangalore sections of the Mysore Railway to the Mysore Durbar; 1924”

Further Information

For details and map of this railway and tramways in this region see Tramways in Mysore State