The wheels of the small train running from Indore to Omkareshwar, Mhow stopped forever. Railway officials told that for the convenience of converting this rail into broad gauge, the movement of the train was stopped indefinitely. This train was running on the tracks from the British era i.e. December 1, 1874.
Indore. The small train associated with the heritage of railways will no longer be visible in western Madhya Pradesh. Giving information, an official said that “the last train on the 150-year-old gauge rail line connected to the Heritage Railway in western Madhya Pradesh was flagged off on Tuesday.” Because the authorities stopped the train movement indefinitely to facilitate its conversion to broad gauge .
People said – sad to see the last journey of the train: Eyewitnesses said that before the last journey started from Omkareshwar Road station, the passengers garlanded the train’s loco pilot Daulatram Meena and his colleagues. This service connects Omkareshwar, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas or the most revered Shivlings, to Mhow, the birthplace of Dr. BR Ambedkar. Mohammad Shahid, who boarded the train at Omkareshwar Road station, about 70 km from Indore, told PTI, “It is sad to see the last journey of this train.” This train was our easy and convenient means of commuting between Mhow (Dr. Ambedkar Nagar) and Indore, now we have to travel by bus.
Why the rail line was closed: Public Relations Officer of Ratlam Division of Western Railway, Khemraj Meena told that “due to the conversion of 90 kilometer long line between Mhow to Khandwa into broad gauge, the line has been closed indefinitely” . He said that the Mhow-Omkareshwar Road-Mhow passenger train service running on this line has been suspended indefinitely. After the Patalpani-Kalakund section of meter gauge between Mhow and Khandwa was declared a heritage track, the railways The Mhow-Kalakund-Mhow heritage train was started from December 25, 2018.
The railway line started from December 1, 1874: Railway officials said that “the then Holkar rulers had given a loan of one crore rupees to the British in 1870 for 101 years to connect Indore with Khandwa.” The Khandwa-Sanavad section of this line was completed and trains were started from December 1, 1874 . Officials said that this line was used to connect North India with South India and major passenger trains like Jaipur-Purna Meenakshi Express, Ajmer-Khandwa Express and Jaipur-Kacheguda Mail were running on it.