Jamnagar State Railway

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Jamnagar State Railway

Construction commenced in 1893 with Lord Harris ++(see footnote), the Governor of the Presidency of Bombay, turning the first sod in the construction of the Rajkot to Navanagar line [1].

The railway from Jamnager to Rajkot in the Kathiawar peninsular, opened in 1897 with an extension for goods traffic to Bedi Bunder Port, 4 miles(6.4km) north of Jamnager . The line was a metre gauge(MG) line with a length of 54 miles (87km) and constructed by the Princely Navanager State [2].

This line was also called the Navanagar State Railway after the district around Navanager and connected to the Bhavnagar-Gondal-Junagad-Porbandar Railway(BGJPR) system at Rajkot. The line was worked as part of the Bhavnagar-Gondal-Junagad-Porbandar Railway(BGJPR) system until 1911.

The BGJPR administrative coalition was dissolved in 1911 with the constituents going their independent ways. The Jamnager Railway worked its own railway from Rajkot to Jamnager with the Junagadh State Railway taking over the working of its system from Jetslar to Veravel including its branches.

Later, when the line was extended westwards to Dwarka and Port Okha on the Gulf of Cutch, the system was renamed the Jamnagar and Dwarka Railway(J&DR) [3].

Further Information

See Kathiawar Peninsula Railway and Tramway Systems for the timeline and map showing the relationship to other railways in region.

++ Lord Harris (1851-1932) - His political posts were Under-Secretary of State for India from 25 June 1885; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for War from 1886-1890; Governor of the Presidency of Bombay from 1890-1895; [4].