Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railway Network - Lines owned and worked

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Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railway Network - Lines owned and worked

- a sub-section of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway(BB&CIR) page


The Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway(BB&CIR) owned and operated an extensive network of railways of mixed gauge

  • Broad gauge(BG) - 868 miles/1397km (1905); 997 miles/1604km (1918); 1233 miles/1984km (1943)
  • Metre gauge(MG) - 2022 miles/3254km (1905); 1822 miles/2931km (1918); 1985/3195km miles (1943)
  • Narrow gauge(NG) - 132 miles/212km (1905); 326 miles/523km (1918); 152 miles/245km (1943)

The BB&CIR also managed, worked and maintained a number of mixed gauge lines on behalf of other parties.


The listings below are generally based on the “Administration Report on Railways 1918” [1] with page numbers (and pdf pages) noted at the end of each entry.

In 1918 the total length of line being worked as the BB&CIR system (both owned lines and managed/worked lines) was 3823 miles(6150km) opened plus a further 254 miles(407km) under construction or sanctioned for construction. Page 12 (pdf 21)

BG Lines - owned and operated by BB&CIR

1918 Total - 997 miles(1604km)

BG Lines - managed, worked and maintained by BB&CIR

1918 Total 202 miles(325km). Page 12 (pdf 21)

MG Lines - owned and operated by BB&CIR

1918 Total - 1822 miles(2931km). Page 23 (pdf 32)

MG Lines - managed, worked and maintained by BB&CIR

1908 Total 456 miles(733km)

  • Ahmedabad-Dholka Railway private Company registered 1901; MG line 33 miles(53km) opened 1903 from Saharmati to Dholka; worked as part of BB&CIR network. Pages 24-25 (pdf 33-34)
  • Ahmedabad-Parantij Railway private Company registered 1896 ; MG line 55 miles(88km) opened 1897 from Ahmedabad to Himmatnager; extended to Khul Brahma in 1911 giving total 89 miles(142km); worked as part of BB&CIR network. Pages 25-27 (pdf 34-36)
  • Gaekwar's Mehsana Railway; owned by the Princely Baroda State; MG line 21 miles(34km) opened 1887 from Mehsana to Vadnagar; progressively expanded from 1888 through to 1921 to a total of 193 miles(309km); worked as part of BB&CIR network. Pages 27-29 (pdf 36-38) and from 1921 by GBSR
  • Jaipur State Railway; owned by Jaipur Durbar; MG line 73 miles(117km) from Jaipur to Sawai Madhopu 1905-7 ; further extended from 1916 to a planned 179 miles(286km);and Jaipur to Shaikhawati, 1916; worked as part of BB&CIR network. Pages 29-30 (pdf 38-39)
  • Palanpur-Deesa Railway; jointly owned by the Palanpur Durbar and Government of India(GoI); MG line 17 miles(27km) opened 1893 from Palanpur to Docan; worked as part of BB&CIR network. Pages 31-32 (pdf 40-41)
  • Vijapur-Kalol-Kadi Railway; owned by the Princely Baroda State; MG line of 41 miles(65km) opened 1902-3 from Vijapur to Kadi and extended by a further 5 miles(8km) in 1912 with approval in 1916 for a further 21 miles(34km); worked as part of BB&CIR network. Pages 32-33 (pdf 41-42)

NG 2ft 6in Lines - managed, worked and maintained by BB&CIR

1918 Total - 326 miles(523km). Page 12 (pdf 21)

NG 2ft 6in Railways, worked by BB&CIR

Not listed in 1918 Admin Report

References