Barauni–Guwahati line

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Barauni–Guwahati line
Status Operational
Locale Bihar, Assam
Termini Barauni
Guwahati Junction
Opened 1950
Owner Indian Railway

East Central Railway,

Northeast Frontier Railway
Line length 804 km (500 mi)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge
Barauni–Guwahati line
Raxaul & Jainagar lines
to Mokama–Barauni section
0 Barauni
Road marker IN NH.svg National Highway 28 By-pass
Barauni–Katihar section
15 Begusarai
to Hasanpur Road & Samastipur
61 Khagaria
69 Mansi
to Saharsa
Road marker IN NH.svg National Highway 31
128 Naugachhia
Kosi River
to Teznarayanpur
185 Katihar
Katihar–Siliguri line
225 Barsoi
to Howrah–New Jalpaiguri line
West Bengal
Road marker IN NH.svg National Highway 34
West Bengal
281 Kishanganj
West Bengal
Katihar–Siliguri line
to Siliguri via Thakurganj
Mahananda River
386 New Jalpaiguri
New Jalpaiguri–Alipurduar–
Samuktala Road line
New Jalpaiguri–New Bongaigaon section
409 Jalpaiguri Junction
to Haldibari-New Jalpaiguri line
420 Jalpaiguri-Road
Teesta River
386 New Maynaguri
Jaldhaka River
452 Dhupguri
Torsha River
Alipurduar Junction via
Alipurduar-Bamanhat brach line
519 New Cooch Behar
Bamanhat via
Alipurduar-Bamanhat brach line
542 New Alipurduar
New Jalpaiguri–Alipurduar–
Samuktala Road line
Raidak River
Sankosh River
AssamWest Bengal border
to Fakiragram-Dhubri branch line
596 Fakiragram
Gourang River
606 Kokrajhar
634 New Bongaigaon
New Bongaigaon–Guwahati section
Beki River
676 Barpeta Road
724 Nalbari
Pagladiya River
740 Rangia
to Tezpur
Saraighat Bridge across
across Brahmaputra River
to New Bongaigaon via Goalpara
798 Kamakhya
to Pandu
804 Guwahati
to Lumding

The Barauni–Guwahati line connects Barauni Junction in the Indian state of Bihar and Guwahati Junction in Assam. It is a linkage of prime importance for Northeastern India.


Pre-independence era[edit]

The earliest railway tracks in Assam were laid in the Dibrugarh area in 1882 for the transportation of tea and coal. The first passenger railway was also in that area.[1]

Linking Guwahati was the challenge. In response to the demands of tea planters in Assam for a rail link to Chittagong port, the Assam Bengal Railway started construction of a railway track on the eastern side of Bengal in 1891. A 150 km (93 mi) track between Chittagong and Comilla was opened to traffic in 1895. The Comilla–Akhaura–Kalaura–Badarpur section was opened in 1896–1898 and finally extended to Lumding in 1903.[2][3][4] The Assam Bengal Railway constructed a branch line to Guwahati, connecting the city to the eastern line in 1900.[5]

During the period 1884–1889, Assam Behar State Railway linked Parbatipur, now in Bangladesh, with Katihar in Bihar. North Bengal State Railway had opened a metre gauge line from Parbatipur and the line subsequently got extended beyond the Teesta, and through Geetaldaha to Golokganj in Assam. During the 1900–1910 period, the Eastern Bengal Railway built the Golakganj–Amingaon branch line, thus connecting the western bank of the Brahmaputra to Bihar and the rest of India.[5] Katihar got linked to Barauni around the turn of the century.[5][6]

Assam Link project[edit]

With the partition of India railways in Assam got delinked from those in the rest of India. Indian Railway took up the Assam Link project in 1948 to build a rail link between Fakiragram and Kishanganj. Fakiragram was connected to the Indian railway system in 1950 through the Indian portion of North Bengal with a metre gauge track.[5][7] Keeping in mind the Project Unigauge, the New Jalpaiguri–New Bongaigaon section was partly new construction, partly old line converted to broad gauge in 1966. Broad gauge reached Guwahati in 1984.[8][9]


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.[10]

The 3.19 kilometres (1.98 mi) long rail-cum-road bridge located at Munger 55 km downstream of the Rajendra Setu, now under construction, will link Jamalpur station on the Sahibganj Loop line of Eastern Railway to the Barauni–Katihar section of East Central Railway.[11]

The 2,240 m (7,350 ft) long Farakka Barrage carries a rail-cum-road bridge across the Ganges. The rail bridge was thrown open to the public in 1971, thereby linking Kolkata with North Bengal and Assam.[5][12]

The construction of the 1.49 km long Saraighat Bridge, the first rail-cum-road bridge across the Brahmaputra, was an event of great excitement. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister formally laid the foundation stone on 10 January 1960 and it was completed in 1962, connecting the two parts of the metre gauge railways in Assam.[5][13]


Electrification of the 809 km (503 mi) long Barauni–Katihar–Guwahati section was sanctioned in 2008.[14] As of 2011, work on electrification of Barabanki–Gorakhpur–Barauni–New Jalpaiguri route was in progress.[15]


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  13. ^ "Bridges: The Spectacular Feat of Indian Railways" (pdf). National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  14. ^ "Electrification of 809 route Kilometers of Barauni–Katihar–Guwahati section of East Central and Northeast Frontier Railways". Press Information Bureau, 7 February 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-24. 
  15. ^ "Railway electrification project to touch North East soon". Business Standard, 23 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-24.