BANGLADESH RAILWAY, covering a length of 2855 route kilometres managed by 35,172
regular staff, is Government -owned and Government managed transportation agency
of the country.
|Some Historical Events :
15 Nov.1862 : Construction of 53.11 Km. of Broad Gauge line between Darsana
and Jagati of Kushtia district by Eastern Bengal Railway.
1 Jan.1871 : Extension of Darsana - Jagati railway line upto Goalanda by Eastern
1874-1879 : Construction of Metre Gauge railway line from Sara (near Paksey)
to Chilahati, Parbatipur to Dinajpur and Parbatipur to Kaunia and construction
of Broad Gauge railway line from Damukdia (Opposite to Sara) to Poradaha.
1882-84 : Bengal Central Railway Company constructed Benapole- Khulna Broad
Gauge railway line.
1 Jul.1884 : Government took over the management of Eastern Bengal Railway.
4 Jan.1885 : Railway Metre Gauge connection between Dhaka and Narayangonj, a
distance of 14.98 km. by Dhaka State Railway, which was later on merged with
Eastern Bengal State Railway.
1885 : Construction of Dhaka - Mymensingh railway section by Dhaka State Railway.
1 Apr.1887 : Eastern Bengal Railway was merged with Northern Ben gal State Railway.
1891 : Construction of the Assam - Bengal Railway taken up with British Government
assistance but was later on taken over by Assam-Bengal Railway Company.
1 Jul.1895 : Opening of 149.89 km. Metre Gauge lines between Chittagong and
Comilla and 50.89 km. Metre Gauge lines between Laksam and Chandpur by Assam
3 Nov.1895 : Chittagong to Chittagong port line was constructed.
1896 : Construction of Metre Gauge line from Comilla to Akhaura and Akhaura
1897 : Single line section between Darsana and Poradaha conver- ted into double
1898-99 : Mymensingh - Jagannathgonj Metre Gauge railway cons- tructred.
1899-1900 : Metre Gauge railway line constructed between Santahar Jn. to Fulchhari
by Brahmaputra-Sultanpur Railway Company.
1903 : Laksam - Noakhali section constructed by Noakhali (Bengal) Railway company.
1 April.1904 : Bengal Central Railway Company and Brahmaputra- Sultanpur Railway
Company taken over by Govt. managed Eastern Bengal Railway.
1905 : Opening of Kaunia-Bonarpara Metre Gauge section. Govt.
: purchases the Noakhali (Bengal) Railway Company.
1 Jan. 1906 : Noakhali (Bengal) Railway Company merged with Assam Bengal Railway.
1909 : Poradaha-Bhairamara single line converted into double line.
1910-1914 : Akhaura -Tongi section opened. Conversion of Shakole to Santahar
Metre Gauge section into Broad Gauge.
1912-1915 : Kulaura - Sylhet section opened.
1 Jan.1915 : Hardinge Railway Bridge was opened over the river Padma at Paksey.
1915-1916 : Sara - Sirajgonj line constructed by Sara - Sirajganj Railway Company.
1916 : Bhairamara-Raita Broad Gauge section opened.
1912-1918 : Gouripur - Mymensingh - Netrokona and Shamgonj -Jharia- janjail
sections constructed by Mymensingh - Bhairab Bazar Railway Company.
1915-1932 : Bhairamara - Ishurdi - Abdulpur single line section conver- ted
into double line.
10 Jun.1918 : Rupsha - Bagerhat Narrow Gauge section constructed by a Branch
Jul.1924 : Conversion of Santahar - Parbatipur Metre Gauge section into Broad
Sep.1926 : Conversion of Parbatipur - Chilahati Metre Gauge section into Broad
1928 : Opening of Shaistagonj-Habigonj section.
1928-29 : Tista - Kurigram Narrow Gauge section converted into Broad Gauge.
1929 : Shaistagonj-Balla and Chittagong-Hathazari sections opened
1930 : Hathajari - Nazirhat Metre Gauge and Abdulpur - Amnura Broad Gauge sections
1931 : Sholashahar-Dohazari section opened.
6 Dec.1937 : Opening of king VI George Bridge connecting Bhairab Bazar and Ashugonj
over the river Meghna.
1941 : Jamalpur-Bahadurabad Metre Gauge section opened.
1 Jan.1942 : Assam - Bengal Railway taken over by Government and amalgamated
with the Eastern Bengal Railway under the name '' Bengal and Assam Railway ''
1 Oct.1944 : Government took over Sara-Sirajgonj Railway Company.
1947 : Bengal and Assam Railway was split up and the portion within the boundary
of erstwhile East Pakistan was named as '' Eastern Bengal Railway '' , the control
remaining with Central Government of Pakistan.
1948-1949 : Government takes over Mymensingh-Bhairab Bazar Rail way company
and Rupsa-Bagerhat Branch Line Company.
21 Apr.1951 : Jessore-Darsana Railway line opened to traffic.
Oct.1954 : Sylhet to Chatak Bazar railway line opened to traffic.
1 Feb.1961 : Eastern Bengal Railway renamed as Pakistan Eastern Railway .
1962 : A Railway Board was formed & management of Railway was placed under
the Provincial Government.
1972 : Pakistan Eastern Railway renamed as Bangladesh Railway.
23 Jun.1998 : Broad Gauge railway line extended from Jamtail to Ibrahimabad
via Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge.
14 Aug. 2003 : Inauguration of direct Intercity Train Service from Rajshahi
to Joydebpur (Dhaka) via Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge.