Rail transport in Nepal

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Rail transport in Nepal consists of only two railway lines. Both lines are operated by Nepal Railways on the Nepalese side.

Existing railways[edit]

A train at Janakpur railway station in 2009

The JainagarJanakpur line was initially built in 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge. This line is under gauge conversion to 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge. The line also will be extended to Bardibas through Bijalpura.

The RaxaulSirsiya line is a 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge line and is only used for freight. It allows container traffic to be imported to Nepal through the Sirsiya dry port container depot.

The capital, Kathmandu, has no railway connections.

Proposed railways[edit]

A line linking India with Lhasa in Tibet through Kathmandu has been proposed by K.P. Oli government.

In November 2017, Chinese media reported the arrival of a delegation of Chinese railway experts to Nepal. The Chinese experts discussed the possibility of a railway connection between China and Nepal.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 中方铁路代表团赴尼泊尔开展铁路调研 (A team of Chinese railway representatives visit Nepal to initiate a railway study), 2017-11-14

External links[edit]

Media related to Rail transport in Nepal at Wikimedia Commons