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'''[[Ghaziabad-Lahore Railway |Ghaziabad- Lahore Mainline]] ''' '''[[Lahore & Peshawar Railway|Lahore-Peshawar Mainline]] ''' '''[[Lahore-Karachi Mainline]] ''' <br>This NWR Mainline connecting Lahore to Karachi , 756 miles(1217km) comprised:- '''NWR Branch Lines '''
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Broad Gauge([[Rail_gauge#Broad_Gauge|BG]]). Total line length, 1918, Commercial Section - 2539 miles(4086km)
*[[Ghaziabad-Lahore Railway|‘Ghaziabad to Lahore Section’]], 339 miles(546km), was part of the [[Scinde, Punjaub & Delhi Railway]]( SP&DR) until amalgamation into NWR in 1886,. The line had been constructed in stages from [[Lahore]] to [[Amritsar]] in 1862 and via [[Jullunder]], [[Ludiana]], [[Ambala]], and [[Meerut]] to [[Ghaziabad]] completed by 1870.
**[[Amritsar-Pathankot Railway| ‘Pathankot Branch Line’]], 67 miles(107km), a branch from [[Amritsar]] via Dinanager to [[Pathankot]], opened 1884 by SP&DR, became NWR from 1886.
*[[Lahore & Peshawar Railway| ‘Lahore to Peshawar Section’]], 288 miles (463km), was the [[Punjab Northern State Railway]] until amalgamation into NWR in 1886. The first section from [[Lahore]] to [[Jhelum]], opened 1873 as metre gauge([[Rail_gauge_#Metre_Gauge|MG]]) and converted to BG, 1878; from [[Jhelum]] via [[Rawalpindi]] the onward connection to [[Peshawar]], was made in 1883 with the completion of the [[Attock Bridge]] over the river Indus.
**‘Tawi Branch Line’, was completed in 1890. The 26 miles(42km) from [[Wazirabad]] (a town on the [[Lahore & Peshawar Railway| ‘Lahore to Peshawar Section’]], to [[Sialkot]], opened 1884 by PNSR . Extended by NWR in 1890 by 9 miles(14km) to the ‘Frontier of Kashmir State’ where the [[Jammu and Kashmir Railway]] continued the railway a further 16 miles(26km) to the ‘Left Bank of the Tawi River near [[Jammu]]’. The 25 mile(40km)section is in some records referred to as the [[Jammu-Sialkot Railway]]. The complete line from [[Wazirabad]] to [[Jammu]], a total of 51 miles(82km) was part of the NWR network until partition when the line was severed.
* ‘Lahore via Raiwind to Khanewa Section’, 177 miles(285km), originally the [[Punjaub Railway]] opened in 1865, merged to form SP&DR 1870, becoming NWR 1886.
**‘Raiwind-Bhatinda Branch Line’, 88 miles(141km), a branch from [[Raiwind]] via [[Kasur]] to Hussainiwala (on the northern bank of the River Sutlej), opened 1883 by SP&DR. The [[Empress Bridge]] over the river was completed 1887 by NWR to [[Ferozepore]] and extended in 1899 to [[Bhatinda]]
* [[Karachi-Kotri (Indus River) Railway|’Kotri to Karach Section]]’, 108 miles(174km), was completed in 1861 by [[Scinde Railway]], which became SP&DR 1870 and NWR 1886
*‘Wazirabad-Khanewal Branch Line’, 201 miles(320km), from [[Wazirabad]] reaching [[Lyallpur]], 1896; extended to [[Khanewal]], 1900. Surveyed under the name [[ Wazirabad-Multan Railway]], 1892; when first section opened 1896 was named the [[Wazirabad-Lyallpur State Railway]] and became part of the NWR network.
*‘Jech Doab Branch Line’, 149 miles(238km), from [[Malakwal]] (on the NWR [[Sind-Sagar Railway]]) via Sarodha, opened by NWR, 1903 ; extended to Shorkot Road, 1906 to join the ‘Wazirabad-Khanewal Branch Line’
* ‘[[Larkana-Jacobabad (Sind) Light Railway]]’, NG, Private Co., opened 1921, worked by NWR
* ‘[[Khyber Railway]], opened 1925 as a BG line strategic line from India to Afganistan via Khyber Pass; worked by NWR
* ‘[[Shahdara-Narowal Railway]]’, BG, opened 1926 as further extension of NWR from [[Narowal]] to
*[[Bahawalnagar-Fort Abbas Railway]]’, BG, 70 miles(112km), opened 1928. A Durbar line financed by princely state of [[Bahawalpur]]; worked by NWR
* ‘[[Kangra Valley Railway]],’ Narrow Gauge([[Rail_gauge#Narrow_Gauge|NG]]) mountain railway, opened 1929, worked by NWR; one section closed in 1942 (reopened 1954).