Kolar Gold Fields Railway

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The Kolar Gold Fields Railway opened in 1894 and constructed by the Princely Mysore State Durbar to provide facilities for the gold-fields. The line was a broad gauge(BG) 10miles (16km) long branch joining the Kolar Gold Fields to Bowringpet, where it connected with the Madras-Bangalore main line. [1] [2]

The line was worked by Madras Railway(MR); which became the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway(M&SMR) in 1908.


An on-line search of the India Office Records (IOR) records held at the British Library relating to this railway [3] gives the following: -

  • R/2/Box4/35 File 479B 1888 Mysore Govt. cede jurisdiction over the Bangalore - Hindupur & the Bangalore - Harihar railway lines. Question of jurisdiction over the Kolar Gold Fields Railway”; 1893-94
  • L/F/7/1521; Collection 266/9: Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway: Kolar Gold FieldsRailway, continuance of working by the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway after 31 Dec 1937.; 1938-9

These records have not been examined and may provide further information to add to the above.

Further Information

See Madras Railway up to 1908, then Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway