Narrow Gauge Railways India

Posted on Saturday, January 10th, 2009 at 5:49 am

narrow gauge railways india
Burdwan Katwa Railway in West Bengal?

Burdwan Katwa Railway is a narrow gauge line, built and operated as part of McLeod’s Light Railways, in Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

2.2 and half hours journey from Bardhaman to Katwa is a real adventure ,passing through small small green villages ,The sound of chugging of Engine reminds me of ancient Indian storey
3. During my college days ,I had travelled by this lovely train
4. Question is still that line is functioning or not and if it is there then one should have a lovely journey by this train .The funny part of the train is sometimes train passes in the middle of a village house
5. Have Gov of India doing something for tourism or some kind of heritage tourism in this sector

Ahmedpur Katwa Railway is a narrow gauge line, built and operated as part of McLeod’s Light Railways, in Birbhum and Bardhaman districts in the Indian state of West Bengal.

McLeod & Company was the subsidiary of a London company of managing agents, McLeod Russell & Co. Ltd, formed to build and operate four narrow gauge railways (McLeod’s Light Railways) – Burdwan Katwa Railway, Bankura Damodar Railway, Kalighat Falta Railway and Ahmedpur Katwa Railway.

The 53 kilometres (33 mi) long Ahmedpur Katwa Light Railway connecting Ahmedpur and Katwa, built on 760 millimetres (30 in), was opened to traffic on 29 September 1917.It has remained a single track line since it’s inception. In order to facilitate the crossing of trains there are special crossings at five places along the track.

In 1966 the Indian Railway had taken over the operation of this narrow gauge railway from McLeod & Company. As of 2004 four trains plied each way. Trains took more than four hours to cover the distance. The maximum speed limit fixed by the engineering division of the Eastern Railway is just 15 km per hour.

Here is a description of the ride in 2002-2003, “These coaches are decrepit even by Indian narrow-gauge standards, being little more than metal-clad wooden boxes on wheels, with gaps rather than doors and windows, a few wooden benches and the lighting ripped out. The line runs through pleasant agricultural countryside, often following a low embankment among rice fields, serving tidy villages. The train provides not only free rides but a free distribution service. Villagers clambered on with all manner of agricultural produce and sacks of coal which they delivered to more isolated settlements by occasionally kicking items off the train as it rambled along. Presumably passers-by learn to look out for and dodge such deliveries. On the train people filled every space and then clung to the sides.”

I think the railway is not functional now as it is not maintained properly. It is a very good area to visit and Indian Railways who have taken it,or India or West Bengal government should do the needful. -

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