Champaner-Shivrajpur- Pani Light Railway

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Champaner-Shivrajpur- Pani Light Railway
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Line of route
Champaner to Shivrapur
Gauge / mileage
2ft 6in NG 31 miles (1916)
Timeline
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
Key locations
Presidency Bombay
Stations Champaner, Shivrapur, Pani
System agency
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 [1] ‘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’ [2]. The Managing Agent was Killick, Nixon & Company [3].

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' [3]. 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' [3]. 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) [1].

The railway was then owned and managed by the Guzerat Railways Company and in 1922 the company was taken over by the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway(BB&CIR).

Further Information

See Guzerat Railways Company until 1922, then the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 222; Retrieved 21 Feb 2016
  2. "Railways in India – GOI Administrative Report 1916-17" page 13; Retrieved 21 Feb 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 “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