Punjab Northern State Railway

The Punjab Northern State Railway (reporting mark PNSR), opened in 1876, was a railway line between Lahore and Peshawar.

Punjab Northern State Railway
SuccessorNorth Western State Railway (NWR)
Area served
Punjab, Northwest Frontier Province
ServicesRail transport


The route of what became the Punjab Northern State Railway, was first surveyed in 1857. Years of political and military debate followed as described under the "Lahore & Peshawar Railway". The Punjab Northern State Railway was created in 1870-71 to construct and operate the railway between Lahore and Peshawar. The first section of the line was opened in 1876 from Lahore to Peshawar and in 1883 [1] the Attock Bridge over the Indus River was completed. Francis Joseph Edward Spring was deployed from the Imperial Civil Service's engineering section in 1873 as consulting engineer for the survey of the PNSR and the construction of various parts of that railway and bridges. He remained attached to the PNSR until 1878. Several major bridges required construction to complete the PNSR line between from Lahore and Peshawar:

Along with several other railways, the Punjab Northern State Railway was merged with the Scinde, Punjab & Delhi Railway in 1886 to form the North Western State Railway.[2]


The following from the railway branch of the public works department were deployed to the PNSR:

  • Henry Francis Storey: (1868–78), employed on the construction of the Alexandra Bridge over the Chenab river[3]
  • Henry Thomas Geoghegan: (1868), executive engineer[4]
  • Robert Trefusis Mallet: (1868), executive engineer[5]
  • Hugh Lewin Monk: (1870–73), assistant engineer[6]
  • Horace Bell: (1874), executive engineer during construction[7]
  • Joseph Bonus: (1877–81), superintending engineer and engineer-in-chief for the construction from Rawalpindi-Peshawar section[8]
  • James Condor: (1875), executive engineer[9]
  • Thomas Gracey Col. R.E.: (1879), engineer-in-chief of the Rawalpindi-Kohat section[10]
  • Frederick Lewis Dibblee: (1879–80), PNSR engineer-in-chief (Jhelum division) and later superintending engineer of Rawalpindi section[11]
  • Ernest Lindsay Marryat: (1880–86), PNSR manager.[12]
  • Richard Arthur Sargeaunt: (1884–87), PNSR office manager.[13]

See also


  1. ^ Google Books "Engines of Change: The Railroads that Made India" by Ian J. Kerr, page 84 Retrieved on 12 Jul 2016
  2. ^ “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 27 Apr 2016
  3. ^ "Grace's Guide - Henry Francis Storey”; Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  4. ^ Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 501 (pdf page 464) Retrieved on 18 May 2016
  5. ^ Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 560 (pdf page 523 Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  6. ^ British Library - "Photographs Album details for shelfmark Photo 1085/9"; Retrieved 30 May 2016
  7. ^ "Grace's Guide - Horace Bell”; Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  8. ^ Google Books "India List and India Office List -1905" page 444; Retrieved on 19 Aug 2016
  9. ^ Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 465 (pdf page 428) Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  10. ^ Google Books " India List and India Office List, 1905" page 506 (pdf page 469) Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  11. ^ Biography "Life of Frederick Lewis Dibblee"; Retrieved on 30 May 2016
  12. ^ Google Books "India List and India Office List -1905" page 562; Retrieved on 19 Aug 2016
  13. ^ Google Books "India List and India Office List -1905" page 607; Retrieved on 19 Aug 2016
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