Gaya–Kiul line

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Gaya–Kiul line
OwnerIndian Railway
Operator(s)East Central Railway
Line length129 km (80 mi)
Number of tracks1 (single)
Track gaugeBroad gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Route map
km to Gaya–Mughalsarai section
of Howrah–Gaya–Delhi line
0 Gaya
to Patna–Gaya line
Falgu River
4 Saheed Iswar Choudhary (halt)
5 Manpur
to Asansol–Gaya section
12 Paimar
16 Kajara
21 Kolhana (halt)
24 Wazerganj
26 Pura (halt)
31 Jamuawan
33 Manjhwe (halt)
42 Tilaiya
to Bakhtiyarpur–Tilaiya line
to Fatuha–Tilaiya line
47 Gargobigha (halt)
50 Chatara (halt)
59 Nawada
64 Sadipur (halt)
70 Baghi Bardiha
78 Warisaliganj
80 Sonwarsha (halt)
82 Baghi Ghauspur (halt)
88 Kashichak
92 Deragaon (halt)
96 Kasla Kasambabad (halt)
103 Sheikhpura
107 Eksari (halt)
110 Adarsh Manpur
113 Sirari
115 Kachhiya (halt)
119 Garsanda (halt)
122 Karota Patri (halt)
128 Lakhisarai
130 Kiul
to Sahibganj loop
to Asansol–Patna section
of Howrah–Delhi main line

Sources: Google maps[1]; India Rail Info[2]

The Gaya–Kiul line is a railway line connecting Gaya on the Howrah-Gaya-Delhi line and Kiul on the Howrah-Delhi main line both in the Indian state of Bihar.


Several years before the Grand Chord was built, a connection from the Howrah-Delhi main line to Gaya was developed in 1900 and the South Bihar Railway Company (operated by EIR) had laid a line from Lakhisarai to Gaya in 1879.[3] The Grand Chord was opened on 6 December 1906.[4]


Track doubling of the 130 kilometres (81 mi) long Gaya-Kiul line was announced in the Railway Budget for 2010-2011.[5]

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for doubling of Kiul-Gaya Railway line of 124 km with a completion cost of Rs.1354.22 crore. Doubling of this line will greatly ease the ever-increasing freight traffic between these sections. The project is likely to be completed by March 2020.

Electrification and Doubling of track[edit]

Feasibility studies for the electrification of the Manpur-Tilaiya-Kiul section were announced in the rail budget for 2010-11 and the electrification work of single track is going on starting 2015-16.[6] electrification of single line from Gaya to Kiul have been completed in July 2018. It has been completed in two phases. In first phase tilaiya to warisaliganj have been completed and in the other phase warisaliganj to Lakhisarai.A special Memu train was flagged on 22 October 2018 by State Railway Minister Mr Manoj Sinha.Track doubling is in progress and it is expected to be completed by March 2020.

Passenger movement[edit]

Gaya is the only station on this line which is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway. Apart from Gaya there are various local stations used by masses such as Nawada,Sheikhpura,Warisaliganj.[7]

Railway reorganisation[edit]

In 1952, Eastern Railway, Northern Railway and North Eastern Railway were formed. Eastern Railway was formed with a portion of East Indian Railway Company, east of Mughalsarai and Bengal Nagpur Railway. Northern Railway was formed with a portion of East Indian Railway Company west of Mughalsarai, Jodhpur Railway, Bikaner Railway and Eastern Punjab Railway. North Eastern Railway was formed with Oudh and Tirhut Railway, Assam Railway and a portion of Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway.[8] East Central Railway was created in 1996-97.[9]


  1. ^ Google maps[full citation needed]
  2. ^ "53626 Gaya Kiul Passenger". India Rail Info.
  3. ^ Saxena, R.P. "Indian Railway History timeline". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  4. ^ "As the traffic continued to grow even beyond the capacity of the". Symphony of Progress: The Saga of Eastern Railway. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Rail Budget 2010-2011: Bihar's gain". Jai Bihar. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2014.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Railway Budget 2010-11: Electrification of New Rail Sections". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways". Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Geography: Railway Zones". IRFCA. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  9. ^ "East Central Railway". ECR. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.

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