The North Western Railway of June 1944

Note: this is wrongly labelled as 1943. From the Indian Bradshaw of that date.

See the notes on each page. Click to enlarge.

This includes most (but not all) of the present Pakistan Railways.

For the remaining part of PR, see this blogpost which covers the Jodhpur State Railway as on June 1944:

5 thoughts on “The North Western Railway of June 1944

  1. PSCorrection to my last mail:Newmans, Bradshaw’s publishers, were on Old Court House Street, Calcutta, not as I stated.My apologies! Nick


      • Dear Ajai, Thanks for posting the NWR pages from the 1943/4 Bradshaw.  Do you have the title page of the TT to ascertain the date of publication? With respect I suggest you are a trifle optimistic in stating the Chappar route is still indicated, but without trains.  The page you post does not name any station without passenger service, the next after Khost being Khanai, which of course still had service to Quetta by narrow gauge, whose TT page is noted next to the station name.  Mr Bradshaw has thereby saved his staff the bother of drafting a new table for the Khost service, which by the simple excision of Dirgi, Mangi, Mudgorge and Kachh remains technically accurate, albeit misleading for the intending traveller.   Furthermore according to my copy of the NWR’s October 1943 public timetable p88, Zardalu station at mile 88 from Sibi was still open, served by Trains 445/6 Mixed on Wed & Fri (with coincidence of page no and mileage!). So it seems possible Bradshaw missed a mention of Zardalu (unless it closed Jan 1944) . 

        However, when it comes to fine detail, you can’t beat the individual railway companies’ own timetables. Bradshaw (Newmans) after all acted as an editor, which is a publisher’s prerogative.  In principle he was producing a commercial periodical, not an official document.  Newman’s Calcutta office was not on railway property! Bradshaw’s great public service, recognised of course by the railway authorities, was not only condensing all India’s rail services into one volume, but also that the monthly issues informed the public of any service changes long before the companies’ own bi-annual TTs could. 

        I always regretted I couldn’t get hold of a pre-1942 NWR TT showing the Chappar line service, though I believe the IRFCA site shows one. 

        Best regardsNick


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