Shakuntala Railway

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Shakuntala Railway
Overview
LocaleMaharashtra, India
TerminiYavatmal
Achalpur
Operation
Opened1903
Closed2016
OwnerCentral Provinces Railway Company
Operator(s)Central Railway
Technical
Line length189 km (117 mi)
Track gauge2 ft 6 in (762 mm)
Route map
Yavatmal–Murtizapur–Achalpur section
113
Yavatmal
101
Lasina
93
Ling
88
Ladkhed
83
Tapona
71
Darwha Moti Bagh Junction
53
Warudkhed
Adan River
49
Sangwi
46
Somthan
33
Karanja Town
32
Karanja
27
Pohe
24
Bhadshivni
19
Vilegaon
Uma River
12
Kinkhed
NH 6
2
Murtizapur Town
0
Murtizapur Junction on Howrah–Nagpur–Mumbai line
12
Lakhpuri
Purna River
SH 212
22
Banosa
Bhuleshwari River
30
Lehgaon
35
Kokalda
43
Kapustalni
50
Anjangaon
59
Pathrot
63
Khusta Buzurg
65
Chamak
72
Nowbagh
Sapan River
76
Achalpur
Source:Google maps

Nagpur-Bhusawal Passenger 51286 indiarailinfo
Murtizapur-Yavatmal Passenger 52131 indiarailinfo,
Murtizapur-Achalpur Passenger 52137 indiarailinfo

Shakuntala Railway was a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge railway line between Yavatmal and Achalpur in Maharashtra in central India.

History[edit]

Killick, Nixon and Company, set up in 1857, created the Central Provinces Railway Company (CPRC) to act as its agents. The company built the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge line in 1903.[1] The company built this narrow-gauge line in 1903 to carry cotton from cotton-rich interior areas of Vidarbha to the Murtajapur Junction on main broad gauge line to Mumbai from where it was shipped to Manchester in England. Murtajapur Junction was the focal point of this railway. In 1920 line from Darwha-Pusad was dismantled. Though, working autonomously, the CPRC was grouped in 1952 under the Central Railways.[1][2] A ZD-steam engine, built in 1921 in Manchester, pulled the train for more than 70 long years after being put in service in 1923. It was withdrawn on 15 April 1994, and replaced by a diesel engine.

Conversion to broad gauge[edit]

In 2016, Indian Railways announced that the Shakuntala Railway would be converted to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "British Company Still Gets Royalty For Shakuntala Railway". IndiaTV. 15 August 2011.
  2. ^ Hardikar, Jaideep (26 November 2004). "A railway ride into history". BBC.
  3. ^ Government to take over Shakuntala, only private railway line, convert to broad gauge