Sealdah–Hasnabad–Bangaon–Ranaghat line

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Sealdah-Hasnabad-Bongaon-Ranaghat line
System Electrified
Status Operational
Locale West Bengal
Termini Sealdah
Hasnabad, Bangaon, Ranaghat
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) Eastern Railway
Line length Sealdah-Bongaon: 77 km (48 mi)
Barasat-Hasnabad: 52 km (32 mi)
Ranaghat-Bangaon: 33 km (21 mi)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge
Electrification Yes
Operating speed up to 100 km per hour

The Sealdah–Hasnabad–Bongaon–Ranaghat line is a set of three lines interlinked with each other: the Sealdah-Bangaon line connecting Sealdah and Bangaon,the Barasat–Basirhat–Hasnabad line connecting Barasat and Hasnabad, and the Ranaghat–Bangaon line connecting Ranaghat and Bangaon. It is part of the Kolkata Suburban Railway system and is under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway.


The main line of the Eastern Bengal Railway from Sealdah to Ranaghat, was opened in 1862 and extended the same year to Kushtia, now in Bangladesh.[1][2] In 1882–84 the Bengal Central Railway Company constructed two lines: one from Dum Dum to Khulna, now in Bangladesh, via Bangaon and the other linking Ranaghat and Bangaon.[1] Martin's Light Railways constructed the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) light railway from Barasat to Basirhat in 1914 and later extended to Hasnabad.[1] The line was converted into 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge between 1957 and 1962.[3][4] The Sealah-Dum Dum-Barasat-Ashok Nagar-Bangaon sector was electrified in 1963–64.[5] The remaining line was electrified in 1970s.

Car shed[edit]

There is an EMU car shed at Narkeldanga Canal, near Sealdah, which also has space for some locomotives. Barasat has an EMU car shed.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "The Chronology of Railway development in Eastern Indian". railindia. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ J.H.E.Garrett. "Nadia, Bengal District Gazetteers (1910)". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ Moonis Raza & Yash Aggarwal. "Transport Geography of India: Commodity Flow and the Regional Structure of Indian Economy". page 60. Concept Publishing Company, A-15/16 Commercial Block, Mohan Garden, New Delhi – 110059. ISBN 81-7022-089-0. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Non-IR Railways in India". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  5. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sheds and Workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 4 May 2013.