Bukhtiarpur-Bihar Light Railway

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Bukhtiarpur-Bihar Light Railway
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Line of route
Bukhtiarpur to Rajgir
Gauge / mileage
2' 6" NG 18 miles (1905)
33 miles (1943)
1903 Section to Bihar opened to traffic
1911 Extended to Rajgir
1950 Taken over by local district board
1962 Nationalised, converted to broad gauge and re-opened to traffic
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Bukhtiarpur, Bihar, Rajgir
System agency
Worked by Martin's Light Railways
1962 Eastern Railway (IR zone)
How to interpret this infobox
Bukhtiarpur-Bihar Light Railway

Also known as the Bakhtiyarpur-Bihar Light Railway

The Bukhtiarpur-Bihar Light Railway (BBLR) was a short, 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) branchline which connected the city of Bihar (Bihar Sharif) to the East Indian Railway(EIR) at Bukhtiarpur and opened in 1903. The line was later extended from Bihar to Rajgir in 1911 giving a line length of 33 miles [1].

The Bukhtiarpur-Bihar Light Railway Company owned the railway and was assisted by the District Board of Patna. It was one of several small narrow gauge concerns worked by Martin's Light Railways(MLR), a management company based in Calcutta[2]

The ‘Statistics of Working’ show the year-by-year financial results from 1913-14 through to 1936-37 [3].


Indian Railway Classification of 1926 - Class III railway system.

Later Development

The line was taken over by the local district board in 1950. In 1962, the track was acquired by Indian Railways, converted to broad gauge and re-opened to ref name=Wiki/>.

Locomotives and Rolling Stock

The 2ft 6in/762mm NG) Locomotives are listed by Hughes with a total of six of different types and specifications dating from 1902 through to 1935. Three are named as ‘Bukhtiarpur’, ‘Behar’ and ‘Nawab’[4]

External links

Further Information

See Martin's Light Railways


  1. Wikipedia “Bakhtiyarpur–Tilaiya line”; Retrieved 28 Jul 2020
  2. " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 218; Retrieved 15 Mar 2019
  3. US Archive .org pdf download of ‘History Of Indian Railways, constructed and in progress’, 31 March 1937 by ‘The Government of India - Railway Department’ page 269 pdf 312; Retrieved 27 Jul 2020
  4. “Indian Narrow Gauge Locomotives 1863-1940” by Hugh Hughes, published by ‘The Continental Railway Circle’ Section 26 Martin’s Light Railways, (E) Bukhtiarpur-Bihar Light Railway , page 53