Lloyd Barrage Construction Railways

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Lloyd Barrage Construction Railways

The Lloyd Barrage was built from 1923 as part of the ‘Sutlej Valley Project’ which included headworks and a network of irrigation canals. The Barrage was completed in December 1931 and named after Lord Lloyd, the Governor of Bombay, (now re-named the ‘Sukkur Barage’). The dam, just under a mile in length is sited in a gorge on the River Indus 3 miles(4.8km) below Sukkur, [1]

There were two railways systems in use during the construction.

  • A broad gauge(BG) system operated from three quarries , two on the right bank and one on the left bank, which included the Nalagarh Sandstone Quarry. In 1929 it had 42 miles(67km) of track and the record shows with 10 locomotives and 570 wagons.
  • Also a 2ft/610mm narrow gauge(NG),used for conveying building material, with 17 miles of track(27km), 8 locomotives and 650 tip wagons.

The record shows that on completion all the equipment was offered for sale [2].


  1. Wikipedia “Sukkur Barrage” ; Retrieved 23 May 2017
  2. “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 http://irsshop.co.uk/India. Reference: Entry SD16 page ....