Indian Railways to preserve five narrow gauge rail lines: Indian Railways has recently decided to preserve the five oldest, working narrow gauge lines dating back to the 19th century from complete extinction. These old narrow gauge lines are part of Asia’s largest narrow-gauge light railway system, according to a report.
At present, commercially working narrow gauge lines are almost non-existent all over the world, apart from some hill railways in India. Originally, all the lines, which are in Gujarat and add up to 204 km, were owned by Gaekwad Baroda State Railway (GBSR).
Recently, a letter was issued, which stated that the five narrow gauge lines would be preserved, the report said. Every day, almost two-three pairs of trains run on these lines with marginal footfalls, the report added.
One of these lines, Dabhoi-Miyagam line, which is 33 km long was the nation’s first narrow gauge railway stretch. In 1862, the line started functioning when coaches were pulled by oxen as steam engines came into functioning, the following year. Read More