Bhandup Salt Works Tramway

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Bhandup Salt Works Tramway

The Bhandup Salt Pans are spread across 500 acres within the Municipality of Bombay. The marsh lands were under the control of the Bombay Presidency Salt Department [1][2].

In 1921-22 the records show that the salt works were leased to 'Jamasji Battiwala, Dubash & Co' and at that time the Great Indian Peninsula Railway(GIPR) constructed a new siding for the removal of salt from three newly worked plots of the works [3].

The lessees constructed a tramway of unknown gauge to move bagged salt from the works to the GIPR line. I 1922-23 it was reported that the line was hand worked but 'in the future will be shunted by a light engine'. It is not known if this happened.The line was described as the first at a private salt works in the Presidency [3].

It is not known how long the line was in use.


  1. Wikipedia "Bhandup"; Retrieved 17 Mar 2017
  2. Pixel Voyages "Bhandaup Salt Pans"; Retrieved 17 Mar 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 “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 Reference: Entry MH37 page ....