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)
1872 Benares to Lucknow open
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, Bareilly, Cawnpore, Delhi, Lucknow, Moradabad, Shahjahanpur
System agency
1889 Oudh and Rohilkand State Railway
How to interpret this infobox
Oudh and Rohilkhand 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
Major Stations Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Cawnpore, Delhi, Saharanpur, Shahjahanpur
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
How to interpret this infobox
Oudh & Rohilkhand Railway Map 1909, north-west section
Oudh & Rohilkhand Railway Map 1909, south-east section

The Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway (O&RR) took over the interests of the Indian Branch Railway(IBR) and under a Government of India(GoI) guarantee. [1]

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


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, which it opened to traffic in 1872. 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].

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

Branch Lines and extensions

Lines worked by O&RR at some time

Lines surveyed by O&RR


An on-line search of the India Office Records (IOR) records held at the British Library relating to this railway [3] 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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