The much anticipated electric train service in N. F. Railway became a reality with running of 55704 Katihar – Malda Court Passenger train with Electric engines recently.
The electrification work of Katihar – Kumedpur – Malda Court had been completed in December last year and Commissioner of Railway Safety had permitted running of passenger and goods train in the section. Following the clearance, the first passenger train in the electrified section was run on 24th January, 2018.
Till now, N. F. Railway was the only railway zone to be electrified though electrification was completed up to Katihar in 2017. The Katihar Yard was electrified in March 2017 and long-distance trains started changing engines and traction at Katihar station from 2017.
The work for electrification from Katihar to Kumedpur via New Jalpaiguri and Raninagar Jalpaiguri was sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 166 crore and the work for electrification of Kumedpur to Singbad via Old Malda was sanctioned for a cost of Rs. 43 crore.
N. F. Railway has taken up electrification of New Jalpaiguri – Bongaigaon – Guwahati section and the work is progressing well.