Nepal - Bihar, Katmandu 1911 Reconstruction Railway

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Nepal - Bihar, Katmandu 1911 Reconstruction Railway

In 1934 an 8.1 magnitude earthquake occured with its epicentre about 10km south of Mount Everest causing massive destruction. It was named the 'Nepal-Bihar Earthquake and one of the most severe ever to strike southeast Asia [1]

About 25% of the buildings in Katmandu were destroyed and the Public Works Department (PWD) undertook emergency reeconstruction works. A hand-worked 2ft/610mm narrow gauge(NG) railway was used to clear up operations following this earthquake [2].


  1. Wikipedia '1934 Nepal-Bihar Earthquake'; Retrieved 22 Nov 2017
  2. “Industrial Railways and Locomotives of India and South Asia” compiled by Simon Darvill. Published by ‘The Industrial Railway Society’ 2013. ISBN 978 1 901556 82-7. Available at Reference: Entry BZ03 page ....