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Andal–Sainthia branch line

Andal–Sainthia branch line
Andal-Sainthia Railway Stations.jpg
Andal railway station and Sainthia railway station
Overview
Type Diesel-electric
System Broad gauge
Status Operational
Locale West Bengal
Termini Andal
Sainthia Junction
Stations 15
Operation
Opened 1913
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) Eastern Railway
Technical
Line length 73 km (45 mi)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge
Operating speed up to 100 km/h (62 mph)
Route map

km
km
Andal Junction
00
8
Sonachara
Kunustoria Colliery
12
Tapasi
15
Ikra
Sripur Colliery
20
Jamuria
former Ikrah–Churulia–
Rupnarayanpur loop line
Singaran River
27
Barabani
planned connection to Churulia
Churulia
Gaurangdi
Harishpur
Rupnarayanpur
Asansol–Patna section
Kajoragram
05
33
Chinchuria
(halt)
Siduli
10
Sitalpur Colliery
41
Sitarampur
Ukhra
12
to Patna │ to Gaya
Khottadih Open Cast Project
South Samla Colliery
Pandabeswar
20
Bhimgara Junction
23
29
Hazaratpur
33
Raswan
Panchra
29
37
Barhragram
Dubrajpur
35
42
Lachmanpur Road
49
Palashthali
Chinpai
42
Bakreshwar Thermal
Power Station
Kachujor
45
Suri
54
Kunuri
63
Mahisadahari (halt)
66
Kherua
73
Sainthia Junction
km
km

The Andal–Sainthia branch line is a railway line connecting Andal on the Bardhaman–Asansol section of the Howrah–Delhi Main Line and Sainthia Junction on the Sahibganj Loop. This 73 kilometres (45 mi) track is under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway. This track passes through the north-eastern part of the Raniganj Coalfield in Bardhaman district and the western part of Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

This track serves Bakreshwar Thermal Power Station.

History

The Andal–Sainthia branch line was built in 1913.[1]

Branch lines

There are two branch lines in this section. The first is the Andal–Barabani–Sitarampur section.[2] The other is the Bhimgara-Palasthali Branch Line. Service on this line was suspended for safety reasons. The track became unfit because of unauthorized mining under the track.[3]

Electrification

Electrification of Andal–Pandabeshwar section was completed in 2010–11.[4] Electrification of the Pandabeshwar-Sainthia section was sanctioned in the rail budget for 2011–12, which is expected to be completed till 2013 and completed in 2016.[5]

References

  1. ^ Saxena, R.P. "Indian Railway History Time line". Irse.bravehost.com. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ "List of Stations on Asansol Division". Eastern Railway. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  3. ^ Time Table, July 2005, Eastern Zone
  4. ^ "Electrification work in progress by CORE: Progress during the year 2010–11". Central Organisation for Railway Electrification. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  5. ^ "Electrification of new rail sections". Press information Bureau. Retrieved 2011-11-28.