This article is about the rail company in Pakistan. For technical details and operations see: 'Transport in Pakistan.Pakistan Railways
is a national state-owned rail transport service of Pakistan
, head-quartered in Lahore
. It is administered by the federal government
under the Ministry of Railways
. PR provides an important mode of transportation throughout Pakistan. It is commonly referred to as the "life line of the country", by aiding in large scale movement of people and freight throughout Pakistan. The current chairman is Shahid Hussain Raja.
The idea of a rail network was first thought of in 1847, with the possibility of Karachi
becoming a major seaport. Sir Henry Edward Frere
, who was appointed as the Commissioner of Sindh
, sought permission from Lord Dalhousie
to begin a survey for a Karachi Seaport and a survey for a railway line in 1858. The proposed railway line would be laid from Karachi (city) to Kotri
. A steamboat
service on the Indus
rivers would connect Kotri to Multan
and from there another railway line would be laid to Lahore
On May 13
the first railway line was opened to the public, between Karachi (city) and Kotri, with a total distance of .
By 1886, there were four railway companies operating in what would become Pakistan. The Scinde (Sindh) Railways
, Indian Flotilla Company
, Punjab Railway
and Delhi Railways
. These were amalgamated into the Scinde, Punjab & Delhi Railways Company and purchased by the......