Mysore-Bangalore Railway

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The Mysore-Bangalore Railway, opened 1881-82. It was the original section of Mysore State Railway(MSR), owned by the Princely Mysore State Durbar. 86 miles(138km) metre gauge(MG) from Mysore to Bangalore via Chanapatna, constructed by ][Mysore State]], opened 1881-82 [1].

Worked by Mysore State until 1887, then by Southern Mahratta Railway (SMR)..

In 1893 ownership was transferred to the Government of India and worked by SMR until 1907 when it became part of the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway - ‘M&MSR Mysore Section’

In 1919, the Mysore State successfully sought the reversion of the ‘Mysore -Bangalore Section’ and two branch lines, the ‘Birur-Shimoga Railway’ and the ‘Mysore-Nanjangud Railway’ became the ‘Mysore State Railway’(MSR) [2]


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Further Information

See Mysore State Railway


  1. “Administration Report on Railways 1918” page 92 (pdf100) ; Retrieved 13 Feb 2018
  2. British Library IOR L/F/8/20/1704 ‘Contract with the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway Co.Ltd as to the transfer of Mysore-Nanjangud , Birur-Shimoga and Mysore-Bangalore Railways sections of the Mysore Railway to the Mysore Durbar. Dated 24 Oct 1924 effective 1 Oct 1919