Visit Railway Station from Quetta

Railway Station from Quetta Picture 1

The Station is also connected by rail with Peshawar (1,587 kilometres (986 mi)), Karachi (863 kilometres (536 mi)) and with Zahedan, a city in neighboring Iran.Quetta was considered as an important strategic destination during British Raj. Britain always considered Russia as a threat to its rule in the Indian sub-continent that they might advance from Afghanistan into Quetta and thereby threatening its rule in India. It was the year 1857 when the idea was suggested by William Andrew (Chairman of Scinde, Punjab and Delhi Railway) that the railways to the Bolan Pass would have strategic role in responding to any threat by Russia. During the second Afghan War (1878-80) between Britain and Afghanistan, a new urgency was needed to construct a Railway line up to Quetta in order to get easier access to the frontier.

Railway Station from Quetta Picture 2

On 18 September 1879, under the orders of Viceroy council, work begun on laying the railway tracks and after four months the first 215 kilometres (134 mi) of line from Ruk to Sibi was completed and become operational in January 1880. Beyond Sibi the terrain was very difficult. After immense difficulties and harsh weather conditions, it was March 1887 when the railway line of over 320 kilometres (200 mi) reached Quetta.The routes are Quetta from linked with Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Multan, Kotri, Sukkur, Sibi, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Wazirabad, Jhelum, Khanewal, Dalbadin, Taftan, Bostan, Chaman, and Nowshera.