Organizations and Groups

Groups & organizations interested in IR

This section lists some organizations that are connected to IR in some way. This list focuses on bodies that are traditional membership associations. Purely online associations such as Internet mailing lists or Usenet newsgroups may be found in the section on resources on the web.

Friends of the National Railway Museum, New Delhi (FNRM)

This group, started on Nov. 2, 1997, worked with the NRM in heritage preservation and raising awareness about IR's history. The group had about 60 members. This organization is now incorporated as a chapter within the Indian Steam Railway Society (see below).

Indian Steam Railway Society (ISRS)

This group is the premier non-governmental organization engaged in promoting steam in India today. It was founded in October 23, 1999, with the intention of promoting interest in IR's steam heritage, and assisting in preservation and revival of steam in India. Currently [2/02] there are about 110 members. The group's founders were instrumental in the project to rehabilitate and use the Fairy Queen on regular runs.

Apart from that ISRS has been involved in reviving locomotive WD 1801 on the NEFR, reviving the MG GX Garratt at Guwahati (NEFR), the experimental runs of a DHR B class steam loco and the possible revival of an MLR locomotive for the Neral-Matheran line, the revival of KC 520 for the Kalka-Shimla line, trials with a ZB loco on the Kangra Valley Railway, and steam trials on SER (Rupsa-Bagriposi).

The organization was also instrumental in convincing the Railway Board to float tenders for new steam locomotives to be supplied for the DHR. See their official web page.

There is also an electronic mailing list associated with ISRS. Membership must be approved by the moderator. Send e-mail to or to to request to join.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society, UK

This society was founded in 1998 to promote awareness of and raise support for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. They have a quarterly magazine (The Darjeeling Mail) and an archive of research material, and they also organize tours to the line and the loco workshops at Tindharia. For membership queries, e-mail:; for sales, e-mail:

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Supporters Association, Australia

(formerly the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society, Australia). The society raises awareness of the DHR and offer assistance in the rehabilitation and refurbishment of the line. Members receive a DHR information packet including maps, a gradient diagram, and some technical information, along with pointers to more resources. The quarterly newsletter is the 2D Passenger. To join, write to:

The Secretary, DHRSA, P.O. Box 187, CROYDON, Vic. 3136 AUSTRALIA Fax: +61 3.9725.7810; e-mail:

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway India Support Group

This group was formed recently [4/00]. Direct inquiries to Mr R. K. Baid, Manager, Hotel Cindrella, 3rd Mile, Sevoke Road, Siliguri - 734401; phone +91 353-544130/547136, fax +91 353-531173; e-mail:

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Heritage Foundation

This group has as its aims restoration and preservation of the DHR line, creation of a mountain railway museum, and provision of improved services on the line. Need contact information...

Model Railway Society of Pune

One of the few groups devoted to modelling Indian Railways. To get in touch with them, write to Mr. Joshi in care of Soudamani Instruments at the following address:

17/1 B/2 G. A. Kulkarni Road Next to Sangam Press Kothrud, Pune 411 029 INDIA

You can also visit their website.

British Overseas Railways Historical Trust

The BOHRT was formed in 1984 and aims to bring to public attention aspects of Great Britain's legacy of railways in countries around the world. The trust is assembling a library and archive of materials relating to this. They also have a collection of relics and exhibits. Jal Daboo's volume on Indian locos was published by the BORHT.

British Overseas Railways Historical Trust, West Greenwich Community Centre, West Greenwich House, 141 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA, UNITED KINGDOM

Continental Railway Circle

An informal organization of railway enthusiasts who have, since 1960, held monthly meetings devoted to the study of railways outside Great Britain. They have a quarterly magazine, the Continental Railway Journal. The books by Hugh Hughes on Indian locos were published by this organization.

Hon. Secretary L. King 25 Woodcock Dell Avenue Kenton, Harrow Middlesex HA3 0PW UNITED KINGDOM

Web site:

The misc.transport.rail.misc newsgroup sometimes has discussions on railways in Asia.

The uk.railway newsgroup is focused on rail in the United Kingdom, but occasionally sees discussion of IR history, locos from India that have been restored in the UK, etc.

[Defunct] The Indian Railways Study Group operated for a few years (1991-1993)in the UK. It was run by Kelvin White. This group produced several newsletters, copies of which are still available from the British Overseas Railways Historical Trust (q.v.). See Glyn Thomas's page for more information. A list of the IRSG newsletters and datasheets is also available at: the BORHT's web page.

All India Railwaymen's Federation

4 State Entry Road 110055 New Delhi India Tel: +91 11 2334 3493

Institute of Rail Transport

Web site

Chartered Institute of Transport, India

Room 17, Ground Floor, Rail Bhavan Raisina Road, New Delhi 110 001 India Tel: +91 11 338 4171 Fax: +91 11 338 4005

Indian Railway Conference Association

DRM office, Accounts Buildings (Annexe), Northern Railway State Entry Road, 110055 New Delhi India Tel: +91 11 2343 431

International Transport Workers' Federation, Indian branch

c/o ITF Assistant Secretary 12D College Lane New Delhi 110001 India Tel: +91 11 335 4408 Tel: +91 11 335 4408 E-mail: URL:

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

3 Chelmsford Road New Delhi - 110055 India Tel: +91 11 373 4011 Fax: +91 11 373 4013
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