Larkana–Jacobabad Light Railway

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Larkana–Jacobabad Light Railway
لاڑکانہ – جیکب آباد لائٹ ریلوے
OwnerPakistan Railways
Operator(s)Pakistan Railways
Opened1924 (1924)
Closed2005 (2005)
Line length136 km (85 mi)
Track gauge762 mm (2 ft 6 in)

The Larkana–Jacobabad Light Railway (Urdu: لاڑکانہ – جیکب آباد فرعی ریلوے) was one of several branch lines in Pakistan, operated and maintained by Pakistan Railways. The line began at Larkana Junction and ended at Jacobabad Junction. The total length of this railway line is 136 kilometers (85 mi) with 14 railway stations.[1]


The Larkana–Jacobabad Light Railway (also known as the Sind Light Railway and Sindh Right Bank Feeder Railway) opened originally in 1924 as a 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) narrow gauge line by the North Western State Railway. From Larkana, the line extended west towards Shahdadkot then curved northeast towards Jacobabad.[2] It followed the protective embankment of the Sindh Right Bank.[3]

Conversion to broad gauge and closure[edit]

In 1956, the Larkana-Shadadkot section was converted by the Pakistan Western Railway into 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge line. The section from Silra Shadadkot to Budapur was dismantled.[4]



  1. ^ "Pakistan Railway on the West Bank of Indus". 19 November 2009.
  2. ^ "[IRFCA] Indian Railways FAQ: IR History: Part 3".
  3. ^ Fibis shop
  4. ^ “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 25 Jan 2016

External links[edit]

  • L/AG/46/34/1 “Copies of agreements with the Secretary of State, including those relating to the following lines worked by the (North Western State Railway) Company, 1893-1924: Larkana-Jacobabad (Sind) Light Railway .......; 1893-1924”
  • L/F/8/20/1700 “Larkana-Jacobabad (Sind) Light Railway Limited, Contract for the construction maintenance and working of a railway; 1924”