|Sealdah South lines|
|System||Kolkata Suburban Railway|
|Line length||Sealdah–Diamond Harbour: 60 km (37 mi)|
Ballygunge–Budge Budge: 19 km (12 mi)
Sonarpur–Canning: 28 km (17 mi)
Baruipur–Namkhana: 84 km (52 mi)
|Number of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge|
|Electrification||25 kV AC overhead line|
|Operating speed||up to 100 km/h (62 mph)|
Sealdah South lines are a set of four lines from Sealdah railway station connecting Sealdah with Budge Budge, Canning, Diamond Harbour and Namkhana. It is a part of the Kolkata Suburban Railway system and is under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway.
The 45 km long line from Calcutta to Port Canning via Sonarpur, constructed in 1862 by the Calcutta and South-Eastern Railway, was the first railway track on the east bank of the Hooghly River. It ran from what was then Beliaghata station (presently Sealdah South) to Canning on the Matla River. Calcutta and South-Eastern Railway was formed in 1859 as a private company but was taken over by the government in 1868 after it incurred extensive losses because of floods and other problems. It was the first case in India of the railway being taken over by the state.
The 33 km long line from Sonarpur to Jaynagar Majilpur via Baruipur, constructed in 1882 by the Eastern Bengal Railway. It was extended up to Lakshmikantapur in 1928. Thereafter the line was extended up to Kakdwip in 2001 and up to Namkhana in 2006.
|#||Distance from Sealdah (km)||Station Name||Station Code||Connections|
|1||0||Sealdah||SDAH||Chord link line / Eastern line|
|2||3||Park Circus||Circular line|
|3||6||Ballygunge Junction||BLN||Circular line / Budge Budge (South lines)|
|10||17||Sonarpur Junction||SPR||Canning (South lines)|
|13||25||Baruipur Junction||BRP||Diamond Harbour (South lines)|
|Budge Budge Branch line|
|#||Distance from Ballygunge (km)||Station Name||Station Code||Connections|
|1||0||Ballygunge Junction||BLN||Main (South lines) / Circular line|
|2||2||Lake Gardens||LKF||Circular line|
|4||4||New Alipore||NACC||Circular line|
|Canning Branch line|
|#||Distance from Sonarpur (km)||Station Name||Station Code||Connections|
|1||0||Sonarpur Junction||SPR||Main (South lines)|
|Diamond Harbour Branch line|
|#||Distance from Baruipur (km)||Station Name||Station Code||Connections|
|1||0||Baruipur Junction||BRP||Main (South lines)|
The Ganga Sagar mela, which attracts thousands of pilgrims during Makar Sankranti in mid-January, is approached through this line. Kakdwip and Namkhana stations serve as handy rail heads for travel to the mela. Eastern Railway runs around 80 special trains for the mela. There also are special trains from Delhi to Namkhana via Lucknow and Allahabad.
There are plans for constructing a deep sea port at Sagar Island. This would also require the construction of a 4.5 km long rail-cum-road bridge to connect the island to the mainland and around 40 km long rail connection.
A project costing Rs. 1.24 billion has been sanctioned for extension of the Sealdah-Canning line to Bhangankhali, with a bridge across the Matla. There are plans to extend the line later to Gosaba.
|Train leaving Budge Budge|
|Ganga Sagar pilgrims boarding ferry at Namkhana|