Champaner-Shivrajpur- Pani Light Railway
|Champaner-Shivrajpur- Pani Light Railway|
|Line of route|
|Champaner to Shivrapur|
|Gauge / mileage|
|2ft 6in NG||31 miles (1916)|
|1911||Champaner to Shivrapur section opened|
|1915-16||Shivrapur to Pani opened in stages|
|1915||Line transferred to the Guzerat Railways Company|
|1922||Company taken over by the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway|
|Stations||Champaner, Shivrapur, Pani|
|1911||Worked by Guzerat Railways Company|
|1915||Owned and worked byGuzerat Railways Company|
|1922||Company taken over by BB&CIR|
|How to interpret this infobox|
The Champaner-Shivrajpur-Pani Light Railway was a 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) railway and was served from Halol. Constructed for the Shivrajpur Syndicate Ltd of Bombay  ‘to afford railway communication to the Manganese Mines at Pani ...; the work of construction has been carried out by the Guzerat Railways Company who will undertake its working’ . The Managing Agent was Killick, Nixon & Company .
The Champaner Manganese Mines were initially linked to the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway(BB&CIR) station at Champaner Road by a 20 mile(32km) Ewing System Monorail++. This had 60 wagons designed to carry 6 tons that were hauled by buffalo. Marsland, Price & Co built the system. In 1909 it was stated that 'the said many claimed advantages of trhe system did not materialise' and it was decided as 'most unsatisfactory' . See page Champaner Manganese Mine Monorail/Railway for more information.
A conventional 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) opened on 3 Feb 1912 replacing the monorail. This line was known as the 'Champaner-Shivrajpur Light Railway' . The first section, 17 miles(27km), opened from Champaner Road to Shivrapur with a 1.7 mile branch to Shivrapur Mines. The line was transferred to the Guzerat Railways Company from Apr 1915 and the line extended to Pani in 1916, a total of 31 miles(49km) .
- " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 222; Retrieved 21 Feb 2016
- "Railways in India – GOI Administrative Report 1916-17" page 13; Retrieved 21 Feb 2016
- “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 GJ29 pages 153-154