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The Janakpur Railway (Nepal Railway) RIP, 2014
The iconic narrow gauge Janakpur Railway ran from Jainagar (just inside India) to Janakpur and on to Bijalpura. I say 'ran' because it is no more, destroyed to make way for a broad gauge line financed by India to counter Chinese influence in the region, Nepal having always been seen by India as falling within its sphere of influence. It seems likely that the last trains ran in early 2014. I have made just minor changes to Sumit Sharma's report as received:
"Between 28th July and 1st August 2014 my father Mr. Ashok Sharma and I visited the Nepal Railway Company Ltd office in Kathmandu, regarding an upcoming tour's charter permission and some information. Upon meeting the with the official from Railway the Ministry, he informed us that the Janakpur Railway line is uprooted and a new phase of upgrading is happening from the Indian side (Jainagar). This is an effort of broadening the network of Nepal Railway across the country and a new department has been formed i.e. Department of Railways. The Nepal Railway Company Ltd. is now a sub division of newly formed ministry. Most of the staff and workers in Janakpur were relieved of their duties and 6 months ago the only railway in Nepal was stopped for broadgauging. It was both shocking and unexpected information for us as it was not available within our network of railway enthusiasts or anywhere else. Immediately we flew to Janakpur and inspected the line as far as Jainagar via an unreconstructed muddy road.
Indian Railways is developing this 29 km railway line starting from Jainagar towards Janakpur. On Jainagar
atation where the construction work is proceeding very quickly, we saw a newly built locoshed with a BG loco in it, a new overhead bridge connecting
the Indian and Nepalese sides and over to the platform. On the way from Janakpur to Jainagar we met an
engineer from the construction company who said that widening and levelling work is under way, they have uprooted the NG tracks.
There are few mentions of this project on the web, the following 4 reports from within Nepal are almost all a quick search brings up, they are arranged in chronological order,
All pictures are copyright Sumit Sharma, Real India Journeys
This was the scene that greeted them at Janakpur Station, outside all was quiet, inside was not a pretty sight:
At Khajuri workshops not far from Jainagar,.as it has done almost every day since the Indian diesels and their technicians arrived in 1994, the clock stands still.
And for the last few months no train has called at the station and the workshops are quieter than ever: