Jiribam railway station belongs to Lumding railway division of North East Frontier Railway. It is the first railway station in the state of Manipur.
The Jiribam rail ink was a part of rail link to assam for Tea transportation in the early 20th century. It was constructed by Assam Bengal railway. With the partition of India in 1947, portions of the Bengal Assam Railway which lay in Assam and the Indian part of North Bengal became Assam Railway. North Eastern Railway was formed in 1952 by amalgamating Assam Railway with Oudh Tirhut Railway and Fatehgarh district of Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway. Northeast Fronter Railway was carved out of North Eastern Railway in 1958
The portion of the system which fell within the boundary of erstwhile East Pakistan was named as Eastern Bengal Railway. On 1 February 1961, Eastern Bengal Railway was renamed as Pakistan Railway and in 1962 it became Pakistan Eastern Railway .With the emergence of Bangladesh, it became Bangladesh Railway.
Jiribam is a town and a municipal council in Imphal East district in the Indian state of Manipur.The town is located on the western most boundary of the State, adjoining Cachar district of Assam. It is also known as the western gate of Manipur. Jiribam is inhabited by various communities such as tribes belonging to various communities such as Meteis, Meitei-Pangan, Bengalis, Nagas, Kukis, Thadou, Kabui, Tangkhul, Hmar etc. inhabit the area of which the Meitei dominates. It is one of the fastest growing town in Manipur.
After the independence of Pakistan on 15 August 1947 the broad-gauge portion of the Bengal-Assam Railway, lying in India was added to the East Indian Railway and the metre-gauge portion became the Assam Railway, with its headquarters at Pandu. On 14 April 1952, the 2857 km long Assam Railway and the Oudh and Tirhut Railway were amalgamated to form one of the six newly carved zones of the Indian Railways: the North Eastern Railway (India).On the same day, the reorganized Sealdah division of the erstwhile Bengal Assam Railway (which was added to the East Indian Railway earlier) was amalgamated with the Eastern Railway.
Jiribam has Manipur’s first railway station. The metre gauge track from Lumding to Silchar is being converted to broad gauge under project unigauge and is recognized as a national project. On completion of this Jiribrum will have extended connectivity to rest of India. A project to connect Imphal through Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal rail project is being executed and is expected to complete by 2018. It is on the alignment of a railway line proposed to connect with Myanmar. There are 2 highways which connect with Imphal,the capital of Manipur and the other with Assam and Meghalaya
Initial work on gauge conversion from Silchar to Jiribam started in December 2009.First Locomotive test run held on 15 May 2012 on Jiribam Imphal line. It was expected ro be completed by December 2016. There is also a plan to connect this line to Moreh, to link Myanmar with Rail.