Ellichpur-Murtazapur-Yeotmal Railway

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Ellichpur-Murtazapur-Yeotmal Railway
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Line of route
Ellichpur to Yeotmal
Gauge / mileage
2' 6" NG 189 km (113 miles)
Timeline
1903 Ellichpur to Yeotmal section opened
1913-14 Ellichpur to Murtazapur section added
1952 Part of Central Railway (IR zone)
Key locations
Presidency
Stations
System agency
How to interpret this infobox

The Ellichpur-Murtazapur-Yeotmal Railway ran from Ellichpur+ to Yeotmal+. The 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) line from Yeotmal was opened in 1903 to convey cotton to Murtazapur where it met the main broad gauge(BG) line. The line was extended to Ellichpur from Murtazapur in 1913 and constructed by Great Indian Peninsular Railway (GIPR), who worked the line until taken over by the Government of India(GoI) in 1925. [1] and constructed by Great Indian Peninsular Railway (GIPR), who worked the line until taken over by the Government of India(GoI) in 1925.

In fact the line is still owned today by the London based company Central Provinces Railway Co Ltd (CPR), however grouped under Central Railway of Indian Railways since 1952 which operate it on lease, extended from time to time. The railway is operated in two separate branches from main line (BG) Junction station at Murtazapur(today called Murtajapur) to Ellichpur (now called Achalpur) 76 Kms., and Murtazapur to Yeotmal (now called Yavatmal) 113 Kms.

The NG line is also well known in the region as “Shakuntala Railway” and an attempt was commenced in 2003 to preserve the line - progress is unknown. [2].

+The place names given are stated in The Imperial Gazetteer of India. See the Locations Project page for further information.

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 [3] gives the following: -

  • L/F/8/19/1421 “Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company, Contract for working the Ellichpur-Murtajapur Yeotmal Railway; 1916”

External Links

References

  1. "Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 77-79; Retrieved 3 Feb 2016
  2. Shakuntala NG Railway Society Webpage; Retrieved on 05 August 2015
  3. “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 22 Jan 2016