Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway

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Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway
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Line of route
Benares to Saharanpur
Allahabad to Fyzabad (1905)
Gauge / mileage
Broad 1165 miles (1905)
1867 Benares to Lucknow opened by Indian Branch Railway
1874 Lucknow to Moradabad open
1876 Moradabad to Saharanpur open
1887 Link with East Indian Railway at Moghal Sarai
1889 State purchases O&RR
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Cawnpore , Delhi , Lucknow , Moradabad, Saharanpur,

See also heading Stations for major stations marked bold

System agency
1889 Oudh and Rohilkand State Railway
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System timeline
1889 State agency takes over running of O&RR
Constituent companies / lines
1889 Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway
Cawnpore-Burhwal Railway
Hardwar-Dehra Railway
Key locations
Headquarters Lucknow
Workshops Alambagh, Charbagh
See also O&RR Railway Workshops
Major Stations See heading Stations for major stations
Successor system / organisation
1925 East Indian Railway
System mileage
Broad gauge 1187 miles (1905)
Metre gauge 80 miles (1905)
Associated auxiliary force
Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway Battalion
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Oudh & Rohilkhand Railway

The Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway (O&RR) was formed around 1872 by taking over the interests of the ‘Indian Branch Railway’ / ‘Awadh Rohilkhand Railway‘ - see separate page for details.

The O&RR operated under a Government of India(GoI) guarantee. And was acquired by the State on 1 Jan 1889[1].

In 1925, the O&RR was merged into the ‘East Indian Railway’(EIR) when the latter came into state management.

Alternative Name: Early records give the spelling Oude and Rohilkund Railway


The “1870-71 Annual Report for Indian Railways for the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway “ gives:- ‘Broad Gauge (BG) ‘Lines Sanctioned’ ‘ 733 miles(1180km), with 42 miles(68km) open, nil opened in 1870/71 and 679 miles(1092km) to be finished’. The Report also details the ‘progress of the railway and the commercial summery’ - see separate pages for details.

The 42 miles(68km) line from Lucknow to Cawnpore, constructed by the ‘Indian Branch Railway’ had opened in 1867. In 1874, the line was extended to Moradabad and in 1876, to Saharanpur where the O&RR met the North Western Railway(NWR). On 31 December 1888, the GoI assumed both ownership and management of the O&RR.

O&RR were given operating rights of the opening in 1905 of the Allahabad-Fyzabad Railway which included the Curzon Bridge, Allahabad over the river Ganges. This line and bridge were constructed by State Railways and connected to the East Indian Railway(EIR) to the south of the river Ganges and a junction to the O&RR mainline. Thus providing a direct link from Allahbad to Lucknow and the hill stations beyond. [2].

The O&RR was merged into the East Indian Railway(EIR) in 1925 when the latter came into state management.

O&RR Lines owned and Worked

The “Administration Report on Railways 1918” [1] gives the ‘Lines Opened’ as 1510 miles(2430km) of the O&RR ‘Broad Gauge (BG) lines.

A small number of branches and extensions were constructed after 1918 by the O&RR before merger into the EIR. These are listed under the ‘EIR System’ in the “History of Indian Railways 1937”[3]

O&RR Lines Owned and Worked - see separate page


See separate pages for details of the Stations and Rail System into the following major Cities:-

O&RR Workshops

The O&RR established workshops at Alambagh (1865) and Charbagh (1867) to provide capacity for the major broad gauge(BG) line from Benares to Lucknow, to the north of the River Ganges,

O&RR Railway Workshops -see separate page for details


An on-line search of the India Office Records (IOR) records held at the British Library relating to this railway [4] gives the following: -

  • L/AG/46/16; “Records of the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway Company”; 1862-1888
  • V/24/3582; “India. Public Works Department: Administration and progress report of the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway, 1872/73-1875/76”


Unfortunately, there are no O&RR staff records held in the India Office Records at the British Library.

1905 Civil List The following from the Public Works Department, are recorded as deployed to the O&RR:-

Thacker's Directories The following for Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway Personnel 1872 have been indexed in Grace's Guide:-

Various Other Records - Chronological Order

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