Mahewar & Roorkee Railway

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The Mahewar & Roorkee Railway was one of the first railways in India. It was constructed to convey materials for a major irrrigation project & 'Solani River Aquaduct' crossing the River Ganges at Roorkee and to Mahewar.

Iinitially the ballast trucks were moved by animal/human power; the first reference to the use of a steam locomotive is 1852. [1]

Further Information

See Solani River Aquaduct Construction Railway for construction details

and Early Railway Experiments and Proposals for more information and background.


  1. IRFCA "India's First Railways" by Simon Darvill, Dec. 2011; reproduced by IRFCA Indian Railways Fan Club. Information obtained from the British Library IOR/V/27/773/9 to /11; "Report on the Ganges Canal Works" from the commencement until the opening of the canal in 1854 Vol 1 to 3; Retrieved 21 Jan 2017