Northeast India’s 115 year old rail track is now history

By IANS  www.gulfnews.com

Agartala, Silchar: It was an emotional moment in India’s mountainous northeastern region when the train ran on the 115 years old metre gauge line of the region for the last time — and into history. The metre gauge tracks laid over a century ago are to be uprooted to make way for broad gauge.

Thousands of men and women gathered at many stations between Lumding in Assam and Agartala in Tripura as the last of the metre gauge trains chugged its way out, bidding them a final goodbye.

“The historic metre gauge railway line has a glorious past since it was constructed in 1899,” said Sukumar Das, an academician and veteran citizen of Silchar in southern Assam.

He told IANS: “Railway authorities should build a museum or a commemorative centre to conserve the historic and old railway tracks as these have a heritage value.”

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) between September 28 and September 30 pulled out in three phases 27 trains running between southern Assam’s Lumding, Agartala (Tripura), Jiribam (Manipur) and Bhairabi (Mizoram) on the metre gauge section.

The 115 years old railway lines would be converted to broad gauge, bringing them in sync with those in the rest of the country. For this, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) stopped train services in Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and southern Assam from Wednesday.

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