Kharaghoda Magnesium Works Railway

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Kharaghoda Magnesium Works Railway

The Magnesium Works at Kharaghoda, Surendranager District [1], Gujarat, was established in 1915 by the Valki family as the 'Pioneer Magnesium Works Limited'. It produced magnesium compounds from evaporated brine ponds.The records show that the works had a broad gauge(BG) locomotive [2].

Clearly the works were connected to the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway, Patri Branch Line, 22 miles(35km), which had reached Kharaghoda in 1873 [3].

The route of the track within the works, or if the line extended to the salt pans, is not known.


  1. Wikipedia “Kharaghoda”; Retrieved 17 Feb 2017
  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 Reference: Entry GJ40 page 158
  3. “Administration Report on Railways 1918” Page 13 (pdf 22) ; Retrieved 4 Nov 2016