Posted by: nrm2010 | February 6, 2010

Ajai Banerjee and the Assam Rail Link construction

  • Ajai introduces the topic
  • First slide lays out the route before 1947
  • Complicated route to Guwahati! BG, MG and then a ferry!
  • A few excerpts from the 1943 Bradshaw.
  • In 1943 there were no direct trains from North India. Only indirect passengers and then some ferries.
  • Ajai explaining the missing links after 1947
  • More on the construction phases around Siliguri and Sivok
  • A new zone for Assam was created. And a new alignment for the MG to be made.
  • Siliguri-Haldibari section – First MG, then BG and then MG and finally BG. Phew!

  • Subsequent developments include a massive flood destroying the NG line in the Teesta valley.
  • Mokemeh bridge and Farakka Barrage inauguarations.
  • BG lines began moving into Assam in the 60’s but reached Guwahati only in the late 80’s.
  • In 1975, the important trains were the Assam Mail and the Avadh Tirhut mail
  • Now questions are being taken.
  • Raghuram from Ahmedabad expanding on a few points including the weird nature of uni-directional couplings of MG stock.
  • Unique alignment around Barsoi Jn. and New Mal Jn. being explained by Raghuram.


  1. Undoubtedly one of the greatest projects undertaken post independence. Suggested reading:A complete story of the Assam rail link project, with technical papers on important works.
    by Karnail Singh
    Published in 1951, Engineer-in-Chief, Assam Rail Link Project and later Chairman, Railway Board

  2. I believe the Lucknow-Gauhati Exp. was another crack train in 1975.

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.

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