The test run of Janakpur-Jayanagar broad-gauge railway was completed successfully on Wednesday, The Kathmandu Post reports.
The 8.5-km long test run of goods train engine lugged 53 wagons from Jayanagar in India to Khajuri in Nepal. Nepali and Indian railway technical staff said the test run was successful.
Quoting Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) Site Chief Ravi Sahay and Metro Development Project Site Office’s Engineer Binod Ojha, the report said the test run with a goods train that had 53 wagons was successful from Jayanagar to Khajuri.
The goods train carried around 5,000 tonnes of ballast from India on Wednesday.
Technicians said there would be no trouble in resuming train service with the successful completion of the test run.
Railway services between Janakpur-Jayanagar were suspended four years ago. Before services were suspended, local residents regularly used trains that used to run between Janakpur-Jayanagar railway line.
This railway line was built during the rule of British Crown in India around 80 years ago to transport logs from the forest in Mahottari to India. At that time, the railway line was 52 kms long from Bijulpura in Mahottari District in Nepal to Jayanagar, Bihar in India. Around 15 years ago, floods swept away the Bighi Bridge, which affected railway services on the 29km stretch from Janakpur to Jayanagar.