Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway

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Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway
Churchgate Terminus & Offices, BBCIR, Bombay
Line of route
Bombay to Viramgam
Gauge / mileage
Broad gauge 504 miles (1905)
1855 Formed as Guaranteed company
1905 Line acquired by State
Key locations
Presidency Bombay
Stations Ahmedabad, Baroda, Broach, Surat
System agency
1906 Worked by reformed BBCIR
How to interpret this infobox
Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway
Bombay Baroda Central India Railway logo.jpg
Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railway device
System timeline
1906 BBCIR contracted to work State line
1942 Working of system taken over by State
Constituent companies / lines
Ahmedabad-Dholka Railway
Ahmedabad-Parantij Railway
Gaekwar's Dabhoi Railway
Gaekwar's Mehsana Railway
Godhra-Rutlam-Nagda Railway
Nagda-Ujjain Railway
Palanpur-Deesa Railway
Petlad-Cambay Railway
Rajpipla Railway
Rajputana-Malwa Railway
Tapti Valley Railway
Vijapur-Kalol-Kadi Railway
Key locations
Headquarters Bombay (BG), Ajmer (MG)
Workshops Parel (BG), Ajmer (MG)
Major Stations Agra, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Cawnpore, Delhi, Indore, Jaipur, Rutlam, Surat
Successor system / organisation
1951 Western Railway (IR zone)
System mileage
Broad gauge 868 miles (1905)
1233 miles (1943)
Metre gauge 2022 miles (1905)
1985 miles (1943)
2'6" NG 132 miles (1905)
152 miles (1943)
Associated auxiliary force
Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway Regiment
How to interpret this infobox

The Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway Company (BB&CIR) was incorporated in 1855 for "the construction and working of a line from Bombay, via Surat and Baroda, to Ahmedabad - total about 320 miles. Capital 2,300,000l. Rate of Interest Guaranteed - 5 per cent on 2,000,000l. capital and 4½ per cent . on 300,000l. debentures." [1]


Formed in 1855 and began work on track from Baroda to Surat. By 1865, the Bombay-Surat-Baroda-Ahmedabad route was complete; in 1867, the Virar-Bombay Backbay suburban service commenced with one train in each direction each day. In 1871, trackage was 300.

On 31 December 1905, ownership of the BB&CIR passed to the Government of India GoI and a new company formed to manage the BB&CIR under a contract agreed in 1907 and revised in 1913. [2] [3]

Management of the BB&CIR passed to the GoI on 1 January 1942.

In 1951, the BB&CIR (less the Delhi-Rewari-Fazilka and Kanpur-Achnera sections) merged with the Saurashtra, Jaipur State, Jodhpur (Marwar-Phulad section), Rajasthan and Cutch State railways to become the Western Railway, a zone of Indian Railways.

Branch Lines and extensions

Railways absorbed into BB&CIR

Lines worked by BB&CIR at some time


Refer to FIBIS Fact File #4: “Research sources for Indian Railways, 1845-1947” - available from the Fibis shop. This Fact File contains invaluable advice on 'Researching ancestors in the UK records of Indian Railways' with particular reference to the India Office Records (IOR) held at the British Library

Unfortunately, there are no BB&CIR staff records held in the India Office Records at the British Library.

An on-line search of the IOR records relating to this railway [4] gives a large number of references. The most important being:-

  • L /AG/46/6 “Records of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway Company; 1856-1947”



  • Grant Road
  • Marine Lines
  • Church Gate
  • Kolaba

Historical books online

Bombay Baroda Central India Railway Company 1921 Pdf download, Digital Library of India


  1. "Money Market and City Intelligence", The Times, Wednesday, 15 June 1859, #23333, 7a.
  2. " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 12-22; Retrieved 17 Dec 2015
  3. H.M. Government “Statute Law Repeals: Nineteenth Report : Draft Statute Law (Repeals) Bill; April 2012"; page 118-120, paragraph 3.18-3.25 Retrieved on 2 January 2016
  4. “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search"; Retrieved 21 Jan 2016