1947 Partition - Refugees Boarding A Train In Lahore

F.E. Chaudhry

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan
Karachi, Pakistan

Millions travelled via trains from across the border after 1947 Partition. Amidst the frenzy and chaos, people went to great lengths to get onto the trains. They were overloaded. The railways also witnessed some of the worst violence during Partition. Many trains would arrive at their destinations with only mutilated bodies of the passengers. Many were also guarded by army or special forces and those often made it safely to their destination.

The image shows thousands of refugees boarding a train for Lahore. Due to the overcrowded nature of the trains, people travelled in appalling conditions.

This image is from the collection of F.E. Chaudhry, the only known local Pakistani photographer who captured the events at the time.


  • Title: 1947 Partition - Refugees Boarding A Train In Lahore
  • Creator: F.E. Chaudhry
  • Subject Keywords: 1947 Partition of Indian Subcontinent, Migration, Railway, Refugees, Journey, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 by Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). All rights reserved. No part of this image may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including copying, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). This image was donated by F.E. Chaudhry to CAP.

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