Futwah-Islampur Light Railway

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Futwah-Islampur Light Railway
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Line of route
Futwah to Islampur
Gauge / mileage
2' 6" NG 27 miles (1943)
1922 Line opened to traffic
1986 Nationalised, then closed, converted to broad gauge and re-opened to traffic
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Futwah, Islampur
System agency
Worked by Martin's Light Railways
Indian Railways
How to interpret this infobox

The Futwah-Islampur Light Railway (FILR) was a short 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) branchline located to the west of Bihar and the east of Patna. The line was authorised for construction in 1915 and in 1918 was to connect Futwah to Islampur, a track length of 27 miles(43km). [1]

The FILR was one of several small narrow gauge concerns owned and worked by Martin's Light Railways, a management company based in Calcutta.

The railway operated independently until 1986 when it was taken over by Indian Railways and closed. Subsequently, the line has been converted to broad gauge and connects to the main Delhi line. [2]


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/8/20/1709 “Futwah-Islampur Light Railway, Agreement for construction, maintenance and working of a railway from Futwah to Islampur; 1920”


  1. " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 227; Retrieved 3 Feb 2016
  2. Wikipedia "Martin's Light Railways"; Retrieved 3 Feb 2016
  3. “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 22 Jan 2016