Gwalior Light Railway

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Gwalior Light Railway
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Line of route
Gwalior to Bhind
Gwalior to Shivpur
Gwalior to Sipri
Gauge / mileage
2' 0" NG 183 miles (1905)
Timeline
1899 First two sections opened to traffic
1950 Nationalised
1951 Merged into Central Railway (IR zone)
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Bhind, Gwalior, Sabalgarh, Shivpur, Sipri
System agency
Indian State line worked by GIPR
How to interpret this infobox

The Gwalior Light Railway(GLR) developed a series of 2' 0" Narrow Gauge(NG) branch lines, owned by the Princely Gwalior State and radiating from the city of Gwalior, originally worked by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway(GIPR).

“The Gwalior Light Railway is the property of the Gwallior Durbar by whom it was constructed and is maintained, stocked and worked. The working of the trains and traffic of the line was under the control of the Great Indian Peninsula RailwayCompany up to 30 June 1913”[1].

The Ujjain-Agar Branch Railway, opened 1932 as part of GLR.

Gwallior Light Railway Lines in 1942

Total line length 249 miles(473km)

  • ’Gwalior-Sipri Section’, 2ft (610mm) NG, from Gwalior to Sipri, opened 1899, 74 miles(118km) [1]
  • ’Gwalior-Bhind Section’, 2ft (610mm) NG, from Gwalior to Bhind, opened 1899, 52 miles(83km) [1]
  • ’Gwallior-Sheopur Kalan Section’, 2ft (610mm) NG, Gwalior to Sabalgarh, opened 1904; reaching Sheopur Kalan, 1909, 124 miles(200km) [1]
  • Ujjain-Agar Branch Railway, opened 1932 as part of GLR. Approximate line length 44 miles(72km)

History from 1942

The railway was renamed Scindia State Railway in 1942 after the Scindia family who ruled Gwalior until India's independence [2].

Following partition in 1947, the Scindia State Railway came under the control of the Government of India on 1 August 1950 with a route length of 294 miles(473km). The railway became part of the Central Railway Zone of Indian Railways on 5 November 1951 [3].

The ’Gwalior-Sipri Section’; the ’Gwalior-Bhind Section’ and the 'Ujjain-Agar Branch Railway' have apparently all closed.

Modern reports indicate that only the ’Gwallior-Sheopur-Kalan Section’, 2ft (610mm) NG, was working in 2009 as part of the Indian Railways service. A distance of 124 miles through the suburbs of Gwalior to Sheopur Kalan [4].

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