|Locale||Jharkhand, West Bengal|
|Line length||170 km (106 mi)|
|No. of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad Gauge|
|Operating speed||Up to 100 km/ h|
Source: Indian Railway Time Table and Google maps
The Barharwa–Azimganj–Katwa loop is a railway line connecting Barharwa on the Sahibganj Loop and Katwa, which links through a branch line to Bandel on the Howrah–Bardhaman Main Line. This 170 kilometres (110 mi) track is under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway. This track passes through the Murshidabad district, in the Indian state of West Bengal, lying west of the Bhagirathi. The two ends of the loop line lie in Bardhaman district of West Bengal and Sahibganj District of Jharkhand.
In 1913, the Hooghly–Katwa Railway constructed a line from Bandel to Katwa, and the Barharwa–Azimganj–Katwa Railway constructed the Barharwa–Azimganj–Katwa loop line.
In 1863, the Indian Branch Railway Company, a private company opened the Nalhati-Azimganj branch line. The 27 kilometres (17 mi) track was initially a 4’ gauge line. The track was subsequently converted to 5’ 6” broad gauge. The Indian Branch Railway Company was purchased by the Government of India in 1872 and the line was renamed Nalhati State Railway. It became a part of the East Indian Railway Company in 1892.
A new railway bridge connecting Azimganj with Nasipur across the Bhagirathi is almost ready but the owners of land lying between the bridge and the station are unwilling to hand over their land for the construction of the connecting railway line. The new bridge will link this line to the Lalgola and Gede Branch Lines.
- Route map for Bandel–Katwa line along with Howrah–Bardhaman Main Line
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