Badampahar Iron Mine Railway

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Badampahar Iron Mine Railway

The Badampur Iron Mine is situated 100 km south of the Jamshedpur Steel Works. Production from the Iron Mine commenced in 1922 and by 1946 7.4 million tons of ore had been extracted [1].

The Bengal-Nagpur Railway broad gauge(BG) ‘Badampahar Spur’ was constructed as a branch from ‘Kalimati-Gorumahisani Extension Railway’ from Kalimati (now called Tatanagar Juction, 5km south of Jamshedpur) where it connected to the [[Jamshedpur Steel Works Railway]. The date of opening of this spur is unknown but probably 1922, the date the mine became operational.

The records show that a 2ft/610mm narrow gauge(NG) locomoive was operational at the mine. The mine closed on date unknown [2].

No further information has been found.

Background

The Jamshedpur Steel Works was established by 'Tata Iron and Steel Company' in 1907 at Sakchi, this was renamed Jamshedpur by 1918, in honour of Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata dynasty.Preparations started in 1908, with the first machinery arriving in 1910 and first production in early 1912 [3].

Badampahar Iron Mine was the second iron mine developed by Tata; the first being Gorumahisani Iron Mine which was commenced in 1908 with the first ore being sent to the Jamshedpur Steel Works in 1911.

References

  1. Google Books "Mineral wealth by John Coggin Brown, Abani Kumar Dey, Abani Kumar Dey; page 183; Retrieved 3 May 2017
  2. “Industrial Railways and Locomotives of India and South Asia” compiled by Simon Darvill. Published by ‘The Industrial Railway Society’ 2013. ISBN 978 1 901556 82-7. Available at http://irsshop.co.uk/India. Reference: Entry OR24 page ....
  3. “Industrial Railways and Locomotives of India and South Asia” compliled by Simon Darvill. Published by ‘The Industrial Railway Society’ 2013. ISBN 978 1 901556 82-7. Available at http://irsshop.co.uk/India. Reference: Entry JH29 pages 170-175