Mahewar & Roorkee Railway
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. 
See Solani River Aquaduct Construction Railway for construction details
and Early Railway Experiments and Proposals for more information and background.
- 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