Sunday, 23 October 2016

Khabar Bitra Ko Khabar : Nepal Rail History, Janakpur/Jaipur

Posted by Anup Baral Oct 24th, 2016 :
There is only one functioning Nepalese passenger railway in Nepal. This 59 km narrow gauge railway runs between Janakpur in Nepal and Jainagar in India close to the border between the two nations, and is of 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge. The line continues to Bijalpura, but this section is currently redundant due to a damaged bridge. The capital, Kathmandu, has no railway connections at all. Several Indian Railways lines cross the border into Nepal and continue for short distances into the Nepalese plains. There is a joint Nepalese/Indian freight line connecting Raxaul (Indian/Nepalese border) and Sirsiya (Nepal). Currently Nepal Railway is running between Janakpur to Jaynagar (approx 29 km) only with 1 remaining diesel locomotive ZDM 524, out of 4 given as a gift by India to replace steam.

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