Bengal-Nagpur Railway Kharagpur Construction Monorail

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Bengal-Nagpur Railway Kharagpur Construction Monorail

Colonel C W Bowles, an Army Civil engineer, was in charge of the construction of the Bengal Nagpur Railway(BNR) works at Kharagpur [1]. He used a monorail based on Ewing System during his time as engineer during laying of tracks for the BNR for transportation of construction materials [2]. He had been appointed by the BNR Company in charge of constructing the Kharagpur Railway Workshops together with houses, schools, churches, hospitals, armory, recreational facilities and a gaol [3].

This experiment allowed him to perfect the monorail based on the Ewing System which he subsequently used to construct the Patiala State Monorail Trainways


  1. “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 Reference: Entry PB10 page ....
  2. Wikipedia “ Patiala State Monorail Trainways” ; Retrieved 1 Mar 2017
  3. Wikipedia “ Colonel C W Bowles; Retrieved 1 Mar 2017