East Indian Railway Company

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EAST INDIAN RAILWAY (EIR): The East India Company signed agreements with the promotes of the East Indian Railway Company and the Great Indian Peninsular Railway Company in September 1849. The original agreements were for construction of a rail line on standard gauge of 4 feet 8 ½ inches. In 1850, Lord Dalhousie changed this and fresh agreements were signed for construction of rail lines on broad gauge 5 feet 6 inches. The history of gauges has been covered in a subsequent chapter. Lord Dalhousie turned the first sod and work began on East Indian Railway in 1851. This was for an experimental line from Howrah to Raniganj. On 15th August 1854, the first train ran from Howrah to Hooghli, a distance of 24 miles. Two regular services were…show more content…
There were 4 different undertakings with district capital accounts and local agents, all, however, having the common object of forming a good and convenient through communication between the upper districts of India and the Indian Ocean. These undertakings, though kept separate as regards accounts, were under one management at home and were equally under one guarantee of interest. They had distinct titles and were called “The Sind Railway Company”, “The Indus Flotilla Company”, “The Punjab Railway Company” and “The Delhi Railway Company”. The original promoters of these four undertakings included Mr. W.P. Andrews. His plan was a short line from Karachi to Kotri, 114 miles in length; connecting Karachi to the opposite side of the town of Hyderabad, Sind. From Hyderabad (Kotri is on the opposite side of the river), the fleet of steamers was to carry on the communication to Multan; the steamer flotilla was to cover a distance of 570 miles. From Multan, the railroad up to Amritsar via Amritsar and Delhi via Ambala, Saharanpur and Ghaziabad covering a distance of about 300…show more content…
The Lahore station was built as a Medieval European Castle with its crenulated towers, giant iron doors and loopholes. The memories of the Indian mutiny or the first War of Independence of 1857-58 were fresh in Brunton’s mind and it influenced the design of the station. The Professional Papers of the Thomason Engineering College, Roorkee gave a vivid description of the railway station, at that time. It was from Lahore, “the Fort like railway station” that Rudyard Kipling’s Kim set out on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Varanasi, and adventure, accompanied by a holy Lama, reproduced

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