Shahdara-Saharanpur Light Railway

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Shahdara-Saharanpur Light Railway
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Line of route
Shahdara (Delhi) to Saharanpur
Gauge / mileage
2' 6" NG 92½ miles (1943)
1907 Line opened to traffic
1970 Closed; later re-opened after conversion to broad gauge
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Shahdara (Delhi), Saharanpur
System agency
Worked by Martin's Light Railways
1970 Taken over by Indian Railways
How to interpret this infobox

Shahdara-Saharanpur Light Railway

The Shahdara-Saharanpur Light Railway (SSLR) was a 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) privately owned railway with a length of line of 92½ miles(149km) when completed in 1907. The Shahdara(Delhi)-Saharanpur Light Railway Company had been formed in 1905. [1]

Spelling note - we have named this town ‘Shahdara (Delhi)’ to differentiate from Shahdara Bagh near Lahore

The line, which ran north from Shahdara (Delhi), one of the north-eastern suburbs of Delhi, to Saharanpur, a junction on the Meerut to Umballa section of the North Western Railway with the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway. The SSLR was distinguished as the first and only narrow gauge line to originate from Delhi. The SSLR was one of several small narrow gauge concerns owned and worked by Martin's Light Railways, a management company based in Calcutta.

The ‘Statistics of Working’ show the year-by-year financial results from 1913-14 through to 1936-37 [2].

Proposed Branch Line

The 1909 map (shown here) indicates the ‘Shahdara-Saharanpur’ narrow gauge line.
The map shows a narrow gauge(NG) branch line about 25 miles(40km) from Shahdara, this would be near the town of Baraut, and running to Meerut, where there would be an interchange with the broad gauge(BG) ‘North Western Railway
There is no evidence this branch line was constructed.


Indian Railway Classification of 1926 - Class III railway system.

Later Development

According to IRFCA, the line closed in 1970 but was later taken over by Indian Railways, the line being converted to broad gauge and re-opened to traffic.

External links

"Martin's Light Railways" Wikipedia.
"Non-IR Railways in India" Indian Railways Fan Club.
"History of Railway construction" Indian Railways Service of Engineers [see "Martin & Co" in table].

Further Information

See page Martin's Light Railways