Light Military Reserve Railway

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Light Military Reserve Railway

The following account has been extracted from the records [1]:-


  • 1900 March. The 'Light Military Reserve Railway' (LMRR) was created and an order placed for 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) equipment comprising ten locomotives, 150 trucks, 50 miles of track with associated equipment and various other tankers and wagons.
  • 1902. In order to replace the equipment sent to KKTR further orders were placed during 1902. When it all arrived it was sent to the North Western Railway (NWR) Store at Mian Mir.
  • 1903-04. At the end of 1903 it was decided to reorganise the LMRR and send a supply of 2ft 6in/762mm narrow gauge(NG) equipment (1 locomotive, 8 trucks, 1 brake van and 15 miles of track) to each of the three Bombay Sappers and Miners depots at Roorkee, Kirkee and Bangalore; together with a consignment to be used on defensive positions around Quetta. The remaining rolling stock was transferred from Mian Mir to the Rawalpindi Depot where sheds were built to accommodate; and the most of the NG track retained at Chaman. 40 miles(64km) of NG track was moved in 1904 to Thal (probably for the KKTR). Also the Princely States of Faridkot, Malerkotla and Sirmur each received 1 mile(1.6km) of NG track with the intention of instructing the men of the 'Imperial Sappers Service' of each of these States in plate laying work.
  • 1904-10. Further re-allocation of NG railway equipment from the Rawalpindi Depot occured from 1904 through to 1910 between Peshawar Cantonment; Thai; Quetta and Kohat for the KKTR. The last record for NG railway equiment being held at the three Bombay Sappers and Miners depots is 1906. There is no record of the use that was being made of the NG railway equipment at each location during this period.
  • 1916. It is thought the remaining locomotives, rolling stock and equipment were sent to support the Mesopotamia Campaign in 1916


  1. “Industrial Railways and Locomotives of India and South Asia” compiled by Simon Darvill. Published by ‘The Industrial Railway Society’ 2013. ISBN 978 1 901556 82-7. Available at Reference: Entry IA04 page ....