Santipur-Nabadwip Light Railway

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Santipur-Nabadwip Light Railway

The Santipur-Nabadwip Light Railway was a privately owned 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) line constructed by Martin's Light Railways Company. The NG line was in two parts:-

The line linked at Krishnagar to the

  • Krishnager-Nabadwip Light Railway Section; 17 miles(27km),which curiously was not listed in the “1918 Administrration Repor” or in “The Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1908”. In 1948 it was in operation as a NG railway [2].

These two sections formed the Santipur-Nabadwip Light Railway via Krishnagar. This NG railway was operational as part the Indian Railways Eastern Railway Division until c.2014. A delightful video of the NG line can be seen on U Tube[3].

The line now is part of the Indian Railways ‘Kolkata Suburban Railway - Naihati Section’ and named the ‘Shantipur Jn -Krishnanager City Jn – Nabadwip Ghat Line’. The line has been converted to broad gauge(BG) and electrified [4].

Note - Place Names, based on the “Imperial Gazetteer of India, 1908”, which we take as definative.

Santipur is now named Shantipur

Krishnagar is now named Krishnanager

Nadadwip is served by Nadadwip Ghat on the east bank of the Hooghly River, not mentioned in “The Imperial Gazetteer, 1908”

Further Information

See Martin's Light Railways up to 1904,

then Eastern Bengal Railway - Lines owned and worked