Nellore District Forestry Tramways

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Nellore District Forestry Tramways

There were two 2ft/610mm narrow gauge(NG) tramways serving the forestry operations in this district:-

  • Tamenapatnam Casuaurina Plantation, used along the seashore within a distance of one to three miles of the Buckingham Canal, initially laid in 1885-86 and by 1902 had 4 miles(13km) of track.
  • Sriharikota Island, a barrier island that separates Pulicat Lake from the Bay of Bengal, initially laid in 1889-90 and by 1902 had 5.5 miles(9km) of track [1].

Both the tramways were NG 'John Fowler' portable tramway lines and mainly on the level except at sand dunes where the gradient could be as high as 1 in 12 [1].

Nine miles(14km) of new track was obtained in 1929-31, there is no mention of either system after the 1935-36 annual report [1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 “Industrial Railways and Locomotives of India and South Asia” compliled by Simon Darvill. Published by ‘The Industrial Railway Society’ 2013. ISBN 978 1 901556 82-7. Available at Reference: Entry AP36 page 70