Noamundi Iron Mine Railway

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Noamundi Iron Mine Railway

'Tata Iron and Steel Company' discovered iron ore at Noamundi [1] in 1917 with the first despatches being sent out by the rail in 1925 [2] by the connection to the Bengal-Nagpur Railway(BNR) 'Tatanager-Bilaspur Section'.

A 2ft/610mm narrow gauge(NG) railway transported ore to a crushing and loading plant. Here the ore was loaded into broad gauge(BG) mainline wagons and sent to Tata's Jamshedpur Steel Works. The loading plant is on a two mile(3.2km) siding west of Noamundi station [2].

It is unknown if the 2ft 0in NG system is still in use [2].

Two metre gauge(MG) locomotives dating from 1941 being on the site [2]. The reason for this unknown as BG was the gauge of the BNR system linking the two Tata operations.


  1. Wikipedia "Noamundi"]; Retrieved 20 Feb 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 “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 JH47 page ....