Kolar District Railway

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Kolar District Railway & Bowringpet-Kolar Railway

Kolar District Railway was a 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) from Bowringpet (later named Bangarapet)
to Chik-Ballapur (later named Chikkaballapura), a length of 63½ miles(102km) [1].

The first section from Bowringpet to Kolar was originally the Bowringpet-Kolar Railway, 10½ miles(17km), when it opened in Dec 1913, constructed by the Mysore Durbar. It was financed entirely by the District Board of Kolar from the proceeds of a debenture loan [1].

As the District Board were unable to raise the entire capital for the whole of the line from Bowringpet to Chik-Ballapur, the cost was bourne in equal proportions both by the Mysore Durbar and the Kolar District Board - see separate page.The 52 mile(84km) extension from Kolar via Chistamani to Chik-Ballapur opened in 1916, giving a total line of 63½ miles(101km)[1].

Later Development

Meanwhile the Mysore Durbar were financing and constructing further 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge extensions:-

and the