Howrah-Delhi EIR Main Line

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Howrah-Delhi EIR Main Line

The first section Howrah to Hooghly, 24 miles(38km,) opened 1854; via Khana Junction-Bhagalpur-Jamalpur-Luckeeserai-Mogul Sarai to Allahabad, 1865. With the opening of the Jumna Bridge completed 1865; connecting from Allahabad via Cawnpore and Ghaziabad to Delhi (South Bank, Jumna River) in 1864, and to Delhi Terminus in 1867; 864 miles(1643km). ; reaching Delhi on 1 Jan 1867 [1].

The opening of the First Chord EIR Line in 1871 between Khana Junction and Luckeeserai reduced the Howrah-Delhi mileage to 943 miles(1517km) [1].

The Khana Junction-Bhagalpur-Jamalpur-Luckeeserai section became secondary and became designated as the Sahibganj Loop EIR Line [2]

Early Considerations on this line

The construction of this line was subject to several debates and considerations - see separate pages:-

Further Information

See East Indian Railway page

and East Indian Railway - Lines owned and worked#BG Lines - owned and worked by EIR page which includes details of the branches and extensions to this Main Line.


  1. 1.0 1.1 “Administration Report on Railways 1918” page 53 (pdf61); Retrieved 29 Aug 2020
  2. “Symphony of Progress - The Saga of the Eastern Railway 1854-2003”; published by Eastern Railway, 2003; page 15