Indian Railway History

The following are articles, original material, and extracts of historical interest, contributed by IRFCA members, or collected from various archives of historical material relating to railways in India.

For a chronological account of the development of railways in India, see the IR history FAQ.

Articles on railway history


The following texts are from the UK Law Commission's publication on statute law revision to repeal British laws related to railways in India. They contain much information on the legal frameworks for the early railways operating in India.

Historical Archives - Extracts (chronological)

1853-1900

1900-1910

  • Impressions of Indian Travel, by Oscar Browning (1903) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Cooch Behar State Railways, by H. N. Chaudhuri (1903) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Madura, by W. Francis, District Gazetteers Series (1905) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • The Romantic East: Burma, Assam, Kashmir, by Walter Del Mar (1906) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Thacker's Guide to Calcutta, by Rev. W. K. Firminger (1906) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Chhattisgarh, by E. A. de Brett, I.C.S., Central Provinces District Gazetteer (1906) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Shahabad, by L. S. S. O'Malley, I.C.S., Bengal District Gazetteers Series (1906) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Vizagapatnam, by W. Francis, District Gazetteers Series (1907) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • The South Indian Railway in Trichinopoly District, District Gazetteers Series (1907) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • India Impressions, by W. Crane (1907) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Personnel, from the Indian Railway Gazette (1908)
  • The Book of Ceylon, by Henry W. Cave (1908) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • North-west Frontier Province, by H. A. Rose, I. C. S., in the Imperial Gazetteer of India Provincial Series (1908) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Impressions of India, by Sir H. Craik (1908) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • The Nilgiri Railway, by B. S. Baliga, in the Madras District Gazetteers: The Nilgiris (1908) Selected by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Hyderabad, by Mirza Mehdy Khan, in the Imperial Gazetteer of India (1909) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Howrah, by L. S. S. O'Malley and M. Chakravarti, in the Bengal District Gazetteer (1909) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Raipur, by A. E. Nelson, I.C.S., Central Provinces District Gazetteer (1909) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Nadia, by J. H. E. Garrett, I.C.S., in the Bengal District Gazetteer (1910) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan
  • Bilaspur, ed. A. E. Nelson, Central Provinces District Gazetteer (1910) Selected and edited by R Sivaramakrishnan

1911-1920

1921-1953

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