Bannu–Tank Branch Line

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Bannu–Tank Branch Line
Other name(s)Trans–Indus Railway
Native nameبنوں–ٹانک فرعی ریلوے خط
OwnerPakistan Railways
Operator(s)Pakistan Railways
Opened1913 (1913)
Closed1995 (1995)
Line length122 km (76 mi)
Track gauge762 mm (2 ft 6 in)

Bannu–Tank Branch Line (Urdu: بنوں–ٹانک فرعی ریلوے خط) was one of several branch lines in Pakistan, operated and maintained by Pakistan Railways. The line began at Bannu and ended at Tank Junction. The total length of this railway line was 122 kilometers (76 mi) with 7 railway stations. It was known by locals as "choti rail", since it was the only 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) narrow gauge railway in the country. The line was dismantled in 1995.[1][2][3]


The rail line was originally built by NWR as the Trans–Indus Railway in 1913, which extended from Kalabagh station to Bannu station, which today is part of the Daud Khel–Lakki Marwat Branch Line. The line was then further extended in 1916 to reach Tank Junction station.[4] The line was also sometimes referred to as the Mari Indus Railway.[5]


The line was dismantled in 1995.[1][2][3]


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  1. ^ a b c Khan, Omar Mukhtar (10 January 2016). "Train to oblivion". The News on Sunday.
  2. ^ a b "Railways: emulating next-door neighbour". Dawn. 2 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Rashid, Salman (7 February 2016). "Train of thoughts".
  4. ^ "Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 129; Retrieved 21 Dec 2015
  5. ^ International Steam "North Western Frontier Railway"; Retrieved 12 Dec 2015