Hasnabad, Bangaon, Ranaghat
|Line length||Sealdah-Bongaon: 77 km (48 mi)
Barasat-Hasnabad: 52 km (32 mi)
Ranaghat-Bangaon: 33 km (21 mi)
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge|
|Operating speed||up to 100 km per hour|
Source: Indian Railway Time Table
The Sealdah–Hasnabad–Bongaon–Ranaghat line is a set of three lines interlinked with each other: the Sealdah-Bangaon line connecting Sealdah and Bangaon,the Barasat–Basirhat–Hasnabad line connecting Barasat and Hasnabad, and the Ranaghat–Bangaon line connecting Ranaghat and Bangaon. It is part of the Kolkata Suburban Railway system and is under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway.
The main line of the Eastern Bengal Railway from Sealdah to Ranaghat, was opened in 1862 and extended the same year to Kushtia, now in Bangladesh. In 1882–84 the Bengal Central Railway Company constructed two lines: one from Dum Dum to Khulna, now in Bangladesh, via Bangaon and the other linking Ranaghat and Bangaon. Martin's Light Railways constructed the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) light railway from Barasat to Basirhat in 1914 and later extended to Hasnabad. The line was converted into 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge between 1957 and 1962. The Sealah-Dum Dum-Barasat-Ashok Nagar-Bangaon sector was electrified in 1963–64. The remaining line was electrified in 1970s.
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