Kaunia-Dharlia State Tram/Railway

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Kaunia-Dharlia State Tram/Railway
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Line of route
Kaunia to Kurigram and Dharlia River
Gauge / mileage
2' 6" NG
1928-1929 Kaunia-Teesta section converted to MG
Teesta-Kurigram section converted to BG
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Kaunia, Kurigram, Teesta
System agency
State agency
How to interpret this infobox

Kaunia-Dharlia State Railway, also described in some records as the Kaunia-Kurigram Railway

Kaunia-Dharlia State Railway

The Kaunia-Dharlia State Railway was constructed by Eastern Bengal Railway(EBR) as 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) Tram linking Kaunia to the Dharla River [1] [2].

The line interchanged with the metre gauge(MG) ‘Northern Bengal State Railway’ at Kaunia+ and ran eastwards to Teesta+ and then to Kurigram and extended to Jatrapur on the banks of the Dharla River . The NG line first opened in 1882, [3] with an estimated length of length of 32 miles(51km).

+Spelling Notes

  • +“Kaunia” is the spelling given in the ‘Imperial Gazetteer’ 1908, the ‘1918 Administration Report’ and modern name. Alternative spelling “Kauniya” is used in the ‘Imperial Gazetteer Railway Map’ 1909
  • +“Teesta” is the spelling given in the ‘Imperial Gazetteer’ 1908, the ‘Imperial Gazetteer Railway Map’ 1909 and the ‘1918 Administration Report’ and also the modern name which follows the name of the nearby River Teesta. The ‘Imperial Gazetteer’ 1908 gives the alternative “Tista” which is also the modern name

Later History

The line was over by East Bengal Railway(EBR) in 1887.

In 1901 the 17 mile(27km) ,’Kaunia]-Teesta Section’ was converted to metre gauge (MG) becoming part of the ‘Kaunia-Dhubri Section’ of the ‘EBR Metre Gauge Division’ - See separate page [3].

The ‘Teesta-Kurigram Section’, a length of 15 miles(24km), remained a 2ft 6in/762mm NG line at this time, this section was renamed the ‘Teesta-Kurigram Railway’ - See separate page

The section from Kurigram to Jatrapur on the banks of the Dharla River was abandoned [3].