Kalighat-Falta Railway

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Kalighat-Falta Railway
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Line of route
Gholeshapur to Majherhat
Gauge / mileage
2' 6" NG 26 miles
1917 Opened to traffic
1920 Falta to Majherhat opened
1955-1957 Line closed
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Gholeshapur, Falta, Majherhat
System agency
1917 McLeod's Light Railways
How to interpret this infobox

The Kalighat-Falta Railway (KFR) was a 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) line, 25 miles(40km), constructed by Kalighat-Falta Railway Company, and operated as part of McLeod's Light Railways, opening to traffic on 28 May 1917. The line was 25 miles (40km) in length and connected Kalighat to Falta [1]

In 1920 a short, 1 mile(1.6km), extension from Gholeshapur (near Kalight) to Majherat opened. This was described as a ‘temporary connection with the ‘East Bengal Railway[2].

The ‘Statistics of Working’ show the year-by-year financial results from 1917-18 through to 1936-37 [2]


Indian Railway Classification of 1926 - Class III railway system.

Later Development

Sometime between 1955 and 1957, the KFR was closed and the track abandoned. The trackbed has since been used in the construction of a new road [3].

A surviving member of a small class of 2-6-2T locomotives, built by W G Bagnall at Stafford, England, designated AK16, was acquired by the Phyllis Rampton Narrow Gauge Trust and is now in storage in the UK awaiting restoration.


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 [4] gives the following: -

  • L/F/8/20/1649 “Kalighat-Falta Railway Company Limited, Contract as to construction, working and maintenance of a railway from Kalighat (Majerhat) to Falta; 1921”

Further Information

See McLeod's Light Railways