Indian narrow gauge shrinks further under Project Unigauge


THE long-term strategy of Indian Railways to convert almost the entire network to broad gauge (1,676mm) – known as Project Unigauge – is leading to the conversion of some of the few remaining truly narrow gauge 2ft 6in/762mm lines.

YDM4 loco 6656 at Jaipur on arrival with the last metre gauge train from Sikar on Monday, November 14, 2016. A few flower garlands on the locomotive front are the only commemoration. MARK TORKINGTON

Prior to this the plans had seen the closure and subsequent conversion of thousands of miles of lines built as metre gauge.

On November 14, 2016 the last metre gauge trains operated into the city of Jaipur, in Rajasthan, when the section from there to Ringas closed.

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Only a decade ago the metre gauge network in this
north-eastern part of India covered many thousands of miles, and the network had several overnight services and even a dedicated tourist train at one point.

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