Kotri–Attock Line

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Kotri–Attock Railway Line
کوٹری–اٹک مرکزی ریل راستہ
Other name(s)Main Line 2
OwnerPakistan Railways
Operator(s)Pakistan Railways
Line length1,519 km (944 mi)
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed105 km/h (65 mph) (Current)
160 km/h (99 mph) (Proposed)[2]

Kotri–Attock Railway Line (Urdu: کوٹری–اٹک مرکزی ریل راستہ) (also referred to Main Line 2 or ML-2) is one of four main railway lines in Pakistan, operated and maintained by Pakistan Railways. The line begins from Kotri Junction and ends at Attock City Junction. The total length of this railway line is 1,519 kilometers (944 mi). There are 73 railway stations from Kotri Junction to Attock City Junction on this line.[3]


The present-day Kotri–Attock Railway Line was built as a patchwork of different railways during the 19th and 20th centuries by North Western State Railway and Pakistan Railways. The present day line consists of the following historic lines:

  • Mari–Attock Railway

The Mari–Attock Railway opened in 1891 as a 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge railway line between Mari Indus and Attock. In 1895 it was extended to Mianwali.[4]

  • Jacobabad–Kashmore Railway

The Jacobabad–Kashmore Railway (also known as the Upper Sind Light Railway) opened in 1914 as a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) narrow gauge railway line between Jacobabad and Kashmore.[5][6]

  • Larkana–Jacobabad Light Railway

The Larkana–Jacobabad Light Railway (also known as the Sind Light Railway) opened in 1924 as a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) narrow gauge railway line between Larkana and Jacobabad.[7]

In 1956, Pakistan Western Railway converted the all 3 sections from 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) narrow gauge to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge. Between 1969 and 1973, Pakistan Western Railways completed the gap section between KashmoreMari Indus and the line was also extended from Larkana to Kotri, thus linking Kotri to Attock. In 2010, this line was designated Main Line 2 by Pakistan Railways to provide an alternative North–South route to the heavily used Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line.


The stations on this line are as follows:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Amer Sial (17 August 2016). "Pak Railways poised to get massive funding from CPEC and CAREC". Pakistan Today. Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  2. ^ Pakistan Railways: A Performance Analysis - Citizens' Periodic Reports on the Performance of State Institutions (PDF). Islamabad: PILDAT. December 2015. p. 21. ISBN 978-969-558-589-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ Anwar, Muhammad Javed (20 November 2014). "Pakistan Country Presentation" (PDF). unescap.org. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  4. ^ Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 514 (pdf page 477) Retrieved on 26 May 2016
  5. ^ "Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; pages 126-127; Retrieved 6 Feb 2016
  6. ^ Zaubacorp Co "Upper Sind Light Railways Jacababad Kushmore Feeder Limited "; Retrieved on 15 Apr 2016
  7. ^ "British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue" - Search; Retrieved 25 Jan 2016