Jodhpur-Hyderabad Railway

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Jodhpur-Hyderabad Railway
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Line of route
Luni to Hyderabad (Sind)
Mirpurkhas to Jhudo
Mirpurkhas to Khadro
Gauge / mileage
Metre gauge 124 miles (1905)
224 miles (1921)
319 miles (1943)
Timeline
1900 Section opened from Balotra to Hyderabad
1901 Broad gauge section at Hyderabad converted to metre gauge
1947 British section transferred to Pakistan Railways
1952 Part of Northern Railway (IR zone)
Key locations
Presidency Bombay
Stations Balotra, Barmer, Hyderabad, Jalor, Jhodpur, Jhudo, Khadro, Luni, Mipurkhas, Pachpadra, Rahoki
System agency
1900 Jodhpur-Bikaner Railway
1924 Jodhpur State Railway
1947 Pakistan Railways (British section)
How to interpret this infobox

The Jodhpur-Hyderabad Railway (JHR) was a metre gauge(MG) line that ran from Luni westwards to Hyderabad in Sind Province, connecting its parent, the Jodhpur-Bikaner Railway, to the North Western Railway. The 124 mile section of line in Sind, from the border of Jodhpur State to Hyderabad, belonged to the Government of India but was worked under contract by the Jodhpur-Bikaner Railway.

History

The first section from Hyderabad to Shadipalli, 55 miles(88km), was opened in 1892 and originally constructed as a broad gauge(BG) line. This section also known as the Hyderabad-Umarkot Railway. This first section was converted to metre gauge(MG) in 1901 and joined to the second section thus providing a MG connection from Jodhpur to Hyderabad [1]

The second section from Shadipalli to Jodhpur, 68 miles(109km), was opened in 1900 as a MG line[1].

The branch line extensions to Jalor and, in the British section, from Mirpurkhas north to Khadro and south to Jhudo were opened by 1921.

In 1924, the JHR became part of the Jodhpur State Railway (JSR) when the Jodhpur-Bikaner Railway was split into the JSR and the Bikaner State Railway.

At Independence in 1947, the British section of the JHR became part of Pakistan Railways.

Records

An on-line search of the India Office Records (IOR) records held at the British Library relating to this railway [2] gives the following:-

  • L/F/7/2226; "Collection 370/69: Railways: Miscellaneous: Jodhpur-Hyderabad Railway (British Section), agreement for working of"; 1932-1947

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 188; Retrieved 6 Feb 2016
  2. “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 7 Apr 2016