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Bangladesh Railway was mostly inherited from the British-established Assam Bengal railway system after the partition of India in 1947. Railway acts as an important method of mass transport in Bangladesh. Many districts of the country are connected via railroads.

Bangladesh Railway's headquarters are located in the southern port city of Chittagong, which had historically been the south-eastern terminus of the Assam-Bengal Railway. After independence from Pakistan in 1971, only a small length of additional new tracks were laid .

As of 2005, the total length of railroad is 2,706 km. Of that, 923 km are broad gauge (1.676 meter) tracks (mostly in the western region), while the remaining 1,822 km are metre gauge tracks (mostly in the central and eastern regions). The gauge problem is being tackled by adding third rails to the most important broad and metre gauge routes, so that they become dual gauge.

A major road-rail bridge at Jamuna opened in 1998 to connect the previously isolated east and west rail networks.
As of March 2008, the broad gauge reached Dhaka the national capital, though only up to Dhaka Cantonment,DOHS Baridhara.
Funding is being sought to upgrade the network and transform Bangladesh Railway into a profitable business.

The border between India and Bangladesh cuts across rail lines, forcing them into the other country for short distances. This complicates border controls such as passport validation.

Railway links with adjacent countries
  • Flag of India India - yes. Bi-weekly passenger train service between Dhaka and Kolkata started in April 2008 using the Gede-Darsana route In addition there is freight train service from Singhabad in India to Rohanpur in Bangladesh, Petrapole to Benapole, Radhikapur to Birol and Mahisasan to Shahbazpur.
  • Flag of Burma Myanmar - no - not yet - 1000mm/1676mm gauge in Bangladesh and 1000mm in Myanmar.

    Route Map of Bangladesh Railway

    Railway stations in Bangladesh
    • Jessore, Bangladesh - junction - broad gauge
    • Shantahar - Dual gauge junction
    • Abdulpur - Dual gauge junction
    • Gede - W - broad gauge
    • Poradoho - broad gauge junction
    • Bogra - proposed broad gauge junction
    • Darshana Junction - broad gauge
    • Ishwardi - W - broad gauge junction for Sirajganj and Jamuna.
    • Ishwardi Bypass - W - dual gauge
    • Kanchon - W - metre gauge
    • Sirajganj - W - terminus of branch from Ishwardi - river port - bypassed by Jamuna bridge in 2003
    • Pabna - W - BG - branch terminus (used to be through route)
    • Bagerhat - W - BG - branch terminus in southwest.
    • Joydepur - E - DG -Dual gauge junction
    • Syedpur- meter gauge
    • Sylhet - meter gauge
    • Bhairab Bazar - meter gauge
    • Darsana - broad gauge
    • Khulna - broad gauge
    • Parbatipur
    • Parbotipur - Junction with break of gauge
    • Jamtoil
    • Jarla - E - MG - terminus branch
    • Tongi - E - Dual gauge junction just north of Dacca
    • Dhaka - E - Dual gauge since 2007
      • Kamalapur Rail Station - E - the main rail station in Dhaka
      • Tejgaon - E
      • Banani - E
      • Cantonment - E
      • Airport - E
    • Chittagong - E - meter gauge
    • Tangail - E - broad gauge - near Jamuna bridge.
    • Gouripur, Bangladesh - E - metre gauge - junction
    • Laksham - E - MG - junction
    • Nazir Hat - E - MG - terminus of branch from Chittagong
    • Chandipur, Bangladesh - E - MG - terminus of branch line from Laksham - river port.

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