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Subject: Sealdah–Hasnabad–Bangaon–Ranaghat line, Lalgola and Gede branch lines, Martin's Light Railways, Barauni–Gorakhpur, Raxaul and Jainagar lines, Howrah–Gaya–Delhi line
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Barasat Basirhat Railway

Barasat Basirhat Railway was a light railway opened in 1914 and closed in 1955.


Barasat Basirhat Railway (BBR) was a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway line started by Martin & Co. in 1914 as part of their wide network of narrow gauge operations under the aegis of Martin's Light Railways. The line connected the two towns of Barasat and Basirhat near Calcutta (now Kolkata), in West Bengal, India.[1]

The line was closed in 1955, after Indian independence (in 1947), when all such privately run lines were taken over by the government or were being closed.[2]

But rather than suffer ignonimity and death, BBR got a fresh lease of life when Indian Railways placed the line under its Eastern Railways zone under Sealdah division and converted the route partly to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) in 1962,[3] Later on, this route was fully restored to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) and local trains started plying the route.


Barasat Basirhat Railway is a section of Indian Railways under Sealdah Division of Eastern Railway. This route is part of Kolkata Suburban railway.This section is Electrified Double Line Broad Gauge extended up to Hasanabad junction. Indian Railway operated many MEMU service to this route.

See also


  1. ^ R.P. Saxena. "Indian Railway History timeline".  
  2. ^ "The Chronology of Railway development in Eastern Indian". railindia. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Non-IR Railways in India".  

External links

  • [1] list of trains between Barasat and Hasanabad Junction.
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