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Sealdah–Hasnabad–Bangaon–Ranaghat line

Sealdah–Hasnabad–Bongaon–Ranaghat line
System Electrified
Status Operational
Locale West Bengal
Termini Sealdah
Hasnabad, Bangaon, Ranaghat
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) Eastern Railway
Line length Sealdah-Bongaon: 77 km (48 mi)
Barasat-Hasnabad: 52 km (32 mi)
Ranaghat-Bangaon: 33 km (21 mi)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge
Operating speed up to 100 km per hour
An EMU local leaving Hridaypur station

The Sealdah–Hasnabad–Bongaon–Ranaghat line is a set of three lines interlinked with each other: the Sealdah-Bangaon line connecting Sealdah and Bangaon,the Barasat–Basirhat–Hasnabad line (upgrade and extension of what was earlier a narrow gauge line, Barasat Basirhat Railway), connecting Barasat and Hasnabad, and the Ranaghat–Bangaon line connecting Ranaghat and Bangaon. It is part of the Kolkata Suburban Railway system and is under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway.


  • History 1
  • Electrification 2
  • Car sheds 3
  • References 4


The main line of the Eastern Bengal Railway from Sealdah to Ranaghat, was opened in 1862 and extended the same year to Kushtia, now in Bangladesh.[1][2][3]

In 1882–84 the Bengal Central Railway Company constructed two lines: one from Dum Dum to Khulna, now in Bangladesh, via Bangaon and the other linking Ranaghat and Bangaon.[2]

Martin's Light Railways constructed the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) light railway from Barasat to Basirhat in 1914.[1] It was closed in 1955.[2] The 33.06 km (21 mi) long 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge Barasat-Hasnabad branch line was constructed between 1957 and 1962.[4][5]


The Sealah-Dum Dum-Barasat-Ashok Nagar-Bangaon sector was electrified in 1963–64.[6]

Car sheds

There is an EMU car shed at Narkeldanga Canal, near Sealdah, which also has space for some locomotives. Barasat has an EMU car shed.[7]


  1. ^ a b R. P. Saxena. "Indian Railway History Time line". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Chronology of Railway development in Eastern Indian". railindia. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ J.H.E.Garrett. "Nadia, Bengal District Gazetteers (1910)".  
  4. ^ Moonis Raza & Yash Aggarwal. "Transport Geography of India: Commodity Flow and the Regional Structure of Indian Economy". page 60. Concept Publishing Company, A-15/16 Commercial Block, Mohan Garden, New Delhi - 110059.  
  5. ^ "Non-IR Railways in India".  
  6. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sheds and Workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
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