by: TERRY CASE
These pages celebrate the famous North Western Railway of India, and focus on the stories of some of their employees. If you would like to contribute to these pages please contact Terry Case at:-
The North Western Railway (NWR)
was formed in January 1886, an amalgam of a number of smaller railways, principally the Sind, Punjab and Delhi
Railway (SPDR). The NWR was under
Government management, because of the strategic areas it served.
The line from Delhi to
Amritsar had been opened in 1870, with the
aim of making troop movements to the N.W. frontier
provinces speedier. It met the line from Karachi Lahore/Amritsar which had been
opened in stages, by passing the dangerous and slow river crossings by boat. This line had
been operated by the Sind, Punjab and Delhi
Lines to the Khyber Pass and Kohot areas were later
extensions, the NWR managed a number of narrow gauge lines, the most famous
being that to Simla.
The end of the NWR.
The division of
India and the creation of the nation of Pakistan saw terrible scenes near the new border
areas with trains of refugees being attacked and the occupants massacred .
The lines were part of the NWR system, which was divided by Partition with
most of its 6,861 miles being in Pakistan territory, only 1,885 miles going to India,
where it was to be part of the newly created East
Punjab Railway, which was later absorbed into the Northern Railway..
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