Vintage Kashmir

Sialkote to Jammu: The lost train

It was on September 18, 1947 that the last train returned from Jammu to Sialkote. The tribal raid which eventually led to war and division of Jammu and Kashmir took place in late October but this historic train service terminated a month before due to riots in Punjab which has impact on Jammu too. The Jammu–Sialkot line was a 43 km narrow gauge branch of the North Western State Railway from Wazirabad Junction, Punjab, to Jammu through Sialkot Junction. It was built in 1897, and was the first railway line in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. An alternative train service to Jammu was made possible only 20 years later | TheDispatch


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