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Barauni–Gorakhpur, Raxaul and Jainagar lines

Barauni–Gorakhpur, Raxaul and Jainagar lines
Overview
Status Operational
Locale Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
Termini Barauni
Gorakhpur
Operation
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) East Central Railway, North Eastern Railway
Technical
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge
Barauni–Gorakhpur, Raxaul and Jainagar lines
km
to Varanasi
339
Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur Cantonment
Pipraich
Kaptanganj
Khada
255
Paniyahawa
Gandaki River
UP-Bihar border
240
Valmiki Nagar Road
237
Awasani (halt)
233
Bagaha
223
Kharpokhra
215
Bhaironganj
266
Hari Nagar
258
Chamua
251/271
Narkatiaganj
306
Bhikhana Thori
293
Gawnaha
287
Bhitiharwa Ashram (halt)
284
Amolwa
Sardar Nagar
Chauri Chaura
Gauri Bazar
Batalpur
Deoria
Ahilyapur
to Varanasi
Bhatni
Nonapar
Bhatpar Rani
UP-Bihar border
Mairwa
Padrauna
Tamkuhi Road
Taria Sujan
Tinpheria
UP-Bihar border
Nechua Jalapur
Sasa Musa
Thawe
Siwan
Pachnukhi
Daraunda
Chainwa
Ekma
Kopa Samhota
Tekniwas
Gopalganj
Manjagarh
Sidwalia
Brajkishor (halt)
Hakam
Dighwa Dubaili
Katalpur
Allyapur (halt)
Parsa
Kerawan
Shamkaunia
Agouther
Marhaurah
Paterahi Jalal
Banni
to Varanasi
Chhapra
Khirah
257
Musharwa (halt)
252
Sathi
248
Rameswar Nagar (halt)
243
Chanpatia
236
Kumarbagh
229
Prajapati (halt)
226
Bettiah
219
Majhwalla
209
Parsanagar (halt)
204
Sugauli
210
Dharminia (halt)
219
Ramgarhwa
224
Masanadih
272
Gokhula
265
Marjadwa
257
Sikta
252
Kangali (halt)
247
Bhelwa
240
Raxaul
198
Semra
191
Chailaha (halt)
183
Motihari
180
Motihari Court (halt)
174
Jiwdhara
169
Bangari (halt)
165
Kuwar-Chintawanpur (halt)
161
Pipra
157
Kuria (halt)
151
Chakia
145
Harpur Nag (halt)
141
Mehsi
137
Mahwal
130
Motipur
124
Nariyar (halt)
119
Pipraha
115
Kanti
105
Kaparpura
Goldingganj
Awatarnagar
Dighwara
Sitalpur
Nayagaon
Paramanandpur
94
Sonpur
Gandaki River
88
Hajipur
Ghoshawar (halt)
99
Sarai
Bithauli
108
Bhagwanpur
Benipati Pirapur (halt)
116
Goraul
123
Kurhani
130
Turki
137
Ramdyalunagar
103
Muzaffarpur
234
Nakardei (flag)
228
Adapur
222
Pachpokharia (halt)
216
Chauradano
211
Jaimurtinagar (halt)
205
Ghorasahan
200
Ramroop Nagar (halt)
197
Kundwa Chainpur
192
Gurhanwa (halt)
186
Bairgania
178
Dhang
172
Mohini Mandal (halt)
167
Riga
163
Tapasi Narayan Nagar (halt)
158
Sitamarhi
154
Bhisa (halt)
150
Parsauni
144
Bajpatti
139
Awapur (halt)
132
Janakpur Road
129
Chandanauna (halt)
124
Jogiara Devera
119
Bandhauli (halt)
114
Muraitha (halt)
113
Kamtaul
106
Tektar (halt)
101
Muhammadpur
95
Shiso (halt)
89
Darbhanga
96
Kakar Ghatti
99
Bijuli (halt)
102
Tar Sarai
105
Saheed Suraj Narayan Singh (halt)
109
Sakri
113
Ugna (halt)
117
Pandaul
126
Madhubani
136
Rajnagar
140
Lalit Lakshimpur (halt)
145
Khajauli
151
Korahiya (halt)
158
Jainagar
116
Manigachhi
120
Mandan Mishra (halt)
124
Lohna Road
128
Jhanjharpur
133
Mithila Deep (halt)
137
Tamuria
143
Chikna
149
Ghoghagardiha
154
Parsanavroli (halt)
160
Nirmali
134
Jhanjharpur Bazar (halt)
136
Mahrail
142
Chandeshwar Asthan
148
Vachaspatinagar
155
Barhara (halt)
162
Khutauna
170
Laukaha Bazar
98
Narayanpur Anant
90
Silaut
84
Siho
77
Dholi
71
Dubaha
64
Khudiram Bose Pusa
57
Karpurigram
84
Laheriasarai
79
Thalwara
73
Hayaghat
68
Ram Bahadurpur
61
Kishanpur
55
Muktapur
to Khagaria
51
Samastipur
41
Ujiarpur
35
Nazirganj
27
Dalsinghsarai
23
Satha Jagat
82
Chakmakrand
78
Akshaywat Rai Nagar
73
Chak Sikander
70
Gram-Kharika (halt)
68
Desari
63
Sahei Bujurg
58
Mahnar Road
54
Basdeopur-Chandel (halt)
50
Shahpur Patoree
45
Nandini Lagunia
38
Mohiuddinagar
32
Harpur Bochaha
28
Vidyapati Nagar
23
Sherpur Dhipura (halt)
21
Fateha (halt)
16
Bachhwara
12
Majnupur Nawada (halt)
7
Teghra
3
Barauni (flag)
0
Barauni
to Mokama–Barauni section
to Barauni–Katihar section

Source: Indian Railways Time Table, Eastern Zone

The Barauni–Gorakhpur, Raxaul and Jainagar lines are a set of three lines connecting Barauni in the Indian state of Bihar with Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. The lines run in an east-west direction between the Ganges and India-Nepal border, covering northern Bihar west of the Kosi river and eastern Uttar Pradesh. The southernmost of the lines connects via Hajipur Junction, Sonpur Junction and Chhapra. The central line connects via Muzaffarpur, Motihari and Sugauli. The northern line connects via Darbhanga, Sitamarhi and Raxaul. The lines have interconnections between them and the northern line has extensions to places near the India-Nepal border.

History

Railway lines in the area were pioneered by Tirhut Railway and the Bengal and North Western Railway lines in the 19th century. In his book The Indian Empire, Its People, History and Products (first published in 1886) W.W.Hunter, says "The Tirhut State Railway with its various branches intersects Northern Behar and is intended to extend to the Nepal frontier on one side and to Assam on the other."[1]

The area was developed with metre gauge tracks. The 229 km (142 mi) Samastipur-Narkatiaganj loop was developed in stages between 1875 and 1907. The Samastipur-Darbhanga line was opened for famine relief in 1874 and opened to the public on 1 November 1875. The 72 km (45 mi) long Nirmali branch (Darbhanga-Nirmali) between 1883 and 1886. The Barauni-Bachhwara line was opened in 1883. The Bachhwara-Bagaha line was developed in stages between 1883 and 1907. The Sakri-Jainagar branch was opened in 1905. The 51 km (32 mi) long Hajipur-Muzaffarpur line was opened in 1884. The 270 km (168 mi) long Tirhut main line from Katihar to Sonpur was developed in stages between 1887 and 1901.[2] The 105 km (65 mi) long Chhapra-Thawe line was opened in 1910. The 320 km (199 mi) long Chhapra-Allahabad line was developed between 1891 and 1913. The Maharajganj branch line was opened in 1907. The Siwan-Kaptanganj line was opened between 1907 and 1913. The 127 km (79 mi) long Bhatni-Varanasi Chord was opened between 1896 and 1899.[2] The Jhanjharpur-Laukaha Bazar line was opened in 1976.[2]

The lines were converted to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge in phases starting from early 1980s. Samastipur to Darbhanga (metre to broad gauge) was converted around 1983. Siwan to Thawe (metre to broad gauge) was converted in early 2006. Gauge conversion of the 268 km (167 mi) long Jainagar-Darbhanga-Narkatiaganj line that was started in 2011 was completed to Raxaul in February 2014 and to Narkatiaganj in 2017. The Sakri-Laukaha Bazar-Nirmali conversion is under process.[2][3]

Sections

New lines

New lines being constructed in the area include:

The 59 km (37 mi) long existing Chhapra-Hajipur line was being doubled.[4][5]

Bridge links

The Ganges divides the state of Bihar in two parts. The construction of the 2 km (1.2 mi) long Rajendra Setu in 1959 provided the first opportunity to link the railway tracks on the north and south banks of the Ganges.[6]

The 4.55 km (2.83 mi) long Ganga Rail-Road Bridge, opened from 3 February 2016, links Sonpur and Parmanandpur to Pahlezaghat Junction on north side of bridge to Patliputra Junction on south side of bridge to Patna.[7]

References

  1. ^ W.W.Hunter. The Indian Empire, Its People, History and Products. p. 547. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Indian Railways line history; 2. North Eastern Railway" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  3. ^ Railway Convention Committee (1999). "Fourth Report on Development of Alternative Routes for Decongesting Existing Routes". Lok Sabha Secretariat, December 2001. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Assets-Acquisition, Construction and Replacement for 2011-12" (PDF). East Central Railway. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  5. ^ "Assets-Acquisition, Construction and Replacement for 2012-13" (PDF). East Central Railway. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Rlys begins bridge renovation work". Times of India, Patna, 12 July 2010. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  7. ^ "New deadline for rail bridge". The Telegraph, 8 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 

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