Sind-Pishin State Railway

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Sind-Pishin State Railway
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Line of route
Gauge / mileage
Broad gauge
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
System agency
1886 Worked by North-Western State Railway
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The Sind-Pishin State Railway was a broad gauge(BG) line that ran up to the border with Afghanistan.

In 1886 the southern section of the Sind-Pishin State Railway was amlagamted with the Kandahar State Railway and other railways to form the North-Western State Railway(NWR).

This become the NWR Sind-Pishkin Mainline comprising the NWR Ruk-Chaman Mainline and some brances - see separate page

Sind-Pishin State Railway 1909



  • 1879 October 6th. First rail laid of the 20 mile section from Ruk to Sibi, at the entrance of the Nari Pass and this section was opened on 14th January 1880. The track of 133 miles had been laid in 101 days across the waterless desert by 5,000 men and their animals.
  • 1880 orders issued for the line to be extended Pishin and to be through the Harnai Pass rather than the Bolan Pass. It was considered that the Harnai was suited to the broad gauge while the Bolan was only possible for a narrow gauge.
  • 1881 April. Afghanistan was evacuated by the British and seeing no further need for the railway, construction was dropped.
  • 1883 The British Government reversed its decision and ordered its re-instatement but in secret and to be known as the "Harnai Road Improvement Scheme". This subterfuge was abandoned in February 1884 and the line was then known as the Sind-Pishin State Railway. Colonel (later Sir) James Browne was in charge of the work.

Commencing from Sibi; at Nari, 500 feet ASL(above sea level) and 459 miles from Karachi, it entered the Nari Gorge through a tunnel and then followed the river by crossing it by six bridges built in Portland Cement Concrete. Then it traversed the Kuchali defile. From Babar Kachh to Harnai it traversed six further bridges, before rising 425 feet in 7 miles between Babar Kachh to Kuchali and then 560 feet in 13 miles between Dalujal and Spintangi. Harnai was 2,950 feet; Nakus 3,362 feet; Sharigh was reached at 3,963 feet then it dropped down to Khost before going up to Dirgi at 4,756 feet. From Dirgi the line rose at 1 in 44 crossing the Chapper Rift to Mangi, traversing a steady 1 in 45 and a series of tunnels and bridges including the Louise Margaret Bridge, which was 225 above the river bed. Four miles on from Mangi was the Mudgorge region which extended five miles to Kuchali, a wilderness of boulders and clay.

  • 1892-93. Through Mudgorge the line was arched because of the land slips and in 1892 and 1893 the slips took away parts of the line and hence the building of the Mushkaf-Bolan Railway section as part of the the North Western Railway network.

From Kachh the line descended rapidly and crossed itself near the 566 mile mark, passed through Fuller's Camp and Khanai at 5,487 feet, and reached Bostan at 5,154 feet. There is joined the Bolan Railway from Quetta and turned north toward the Khojak and Chaman. The section from Bostan to Chaman, some 62 miles, opened in january 1888 and fully through to Chaman in January 1892. The main work here was the Khojak Tunnel and was the longest in India.


Further Information

See North-Western State Railway

Historical books online


  1. Grace's Guide "Sind-Pishin Railway""; Retrieved 2 May 2016
  2. Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 427 (pdf page 390 ) Retrieved on 23 May 2016
  3. Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 610 (pdf page 573) Retrieved on 23 May 2016
  4. India Civil List 1890, page 40/41
  5. India Civil List 1890, page 40/41