Delhi Durbar 1911 Railway

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Delhi Durbar 1911 Railway

The 1911 Delhi Durbar was announced in March 1911 to commemorate the coronation in Britain a few months earlier of King George V as Emperor of India. The ceremonies lasting from 7 to 16 December, with the Durbar itself on 12 December [1].

A 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) railway system was installed for the transport of troops and visitors to the Durbar. The terminus of the line was at Tis Hazari, with a single track line to the Mori Gate. The mainline was double track and ran north to Khyber Pass, (a district next to Civil Lines, 3 miles(5km) north of Mori Gate) where one branch ran west to the Polo Ground and another north to the Durbar Amphitheatre. The line only carried passengers and had 15 stations. Normally trains ran every 15 minutes from Tiz Hazari, half running to the Polo Ground and the other half to the Durbar station; the trains carried about 230 passengers [2].

The Military loaned from the Light Military Reserve Railway 15 miles of track, 23 locomotives and the rolling stock. In addition to the narrow gauge(NG) railway a number of temporary broad gauge(BG) lines were laid from the Delhi-Umballa-Kalka Railway at Delhi Azadpur to serve the Cavalry and Army Corps and to Kingsway; it is thought these lines were lifted after the Durbar ended [2].


  1. Wikipedia “Delhi Durbar of 1911” ; Retrieved 12 Feb 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 “Industrial Railways and Locomotives of India and South Asia” compliled by Simon Darvill. Published by ‘The Industrial Railway Society’ 2013. ISBN 978 1 901556 82-7. Available at Reference: EntryDL03 pages 140-141