Indian Midland Railway

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Indian Midland Railway
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Line of route
Bhopal to Cawnpore
Bina to Katni
Jhansi to Agra
Jhansi to Manikpur
Ait to Kunch (branch)
Gauge / mileage
Broad gauge 807 miles
1885 Company formed
1889 Lines from Jhansi to Gwalior, Kanpur, Manikpur, and Bhopal opened for traffic
Key locations
Presidency Bengal
Stations Agra, Banda, Bhopal, Cawnpore, Dholpur, Jhansi, Saugor
System agency
State line worked by GIPR
How to interpret this infobox

The Indian Midland Railway (IMR) was a state agency formed in 1885 to undertake the working of several existing broad gauge(BG) branch lines, and the construction and working of further BG lines centred on Jhansi.


The IMR had a comparatively brief existence before being amalgamated in 1900 with the Great Indian Peninsula Railway(GIPR).

Lines worked and developed by IMR

Lines worked by IMR 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

An on-line search of the IOR records relating to this railway [1] gives many references. The most important being:-

  • L/F/5/126 “Indian Midland Railway Co.; Copies of agreements with the Secretary of State etc; 1885-1903”
  • L/AG/46/14 “Records of the Indian Midland Railway Company; 1882-1911”
  • L /AG/46/32 “Records of the India Office relating to the Indian Midland Railway Company; 1885-1911”
  • L/F/8/13/915/1 “Indian Midland Railway, Preliminary agreement Secretary of State; 1885”

Unfortunately, there are no IMR Staff appointments held in the India Office Records at the British Library.


  • Archibald Crellin Cregeen from the Public Works Department(PWD) Railway Branch, was in 1886 appointed IMR Agent and Chief Engineer. This position he held until 1888.
  • Hugh Lewin Monk,1887 March, deployed from the Railway Branch of the PWD to the Indian Midland Railway Company, on loan from State Railways until 1888 (March)

Further Information

See Great Indian Peninsula Railway


  1. British Library “British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue” - Search; Retrieved 23 Jan 2016