Tumsar-Tirodi Light Railway

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The Tumsar-Tirodi Light Railway was, prior to 1916; known as the Tumsar-Katangi Light Railway. The line was a 2ft/610mm narrow gauge(NG) private line built to carry manganese ore deposits found in the region.

The owner of this private industrial line was the Central India Mining Company [1], owned by Jambon & Cie in Calcutta, who in 1904 received a concession for manganese mining in the Central Provinces. By 1907 manganese ore had been extracted and exported to Europe and USA. A tramway/light railway of just under 43 miles(68km) was constructed and a Tumsar a 3000 ft(910 metre) long aerial rope way connected the mines to the tramway[2].

The line was purchased by Government of India(GoI) in 1916 and renamed Tumsar-Tirodi Light Railway The railway was worked by Bengal-Nagpur Railway(BNR) for maintenance and working as part of its Satpura Railway network. [3]

This line ceased operation in 1929 and partly converted to broad gauge(BG), the rest of the line was dismantled between 1934 and 1936 [2].


  1. "A Tribute to the Satpura Railway (Part I)"; Retrieved 14 Dec 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 “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 MH08 page ....
  3. " Administration Report on the Railways in India – corrected up to 31st March 1918"; Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta; page 11; Retrieved 21 Dec 2015