Industrial Locomotives of South Asia (ILSA)

Compiled by Simon Darvill

First edition 2000; Revised August 2004.


Each site is listed alphabetically. Where a company has more than one site, they are listed 
alphabetically under that companies name. The references after some company names are to map 
locations in the Lonely Planet Travel Atlas for India & Bangladesh. The gauge of the railway is 
then shown (where known), if the site has railways of more than one gauge, then they are listed 
starting with the smallest. MG refers to metre (or meter!) gauge and BG refers to the Indian 
broad gauge of 5'6". The locos are the listed using the notation described below.

1st column	Running number and/or name of the loco

2nd column	The type of loco. The Whyte system of wheel classification is used in the main 
but when driving wheels are connected by not by outside rods but by chains or other means (as in 
Sentinal steam locos or diesel locos) they are shown as 4w (four-wheeled) or 6w (six-wheeled) or 
if only one axle is motorised it is shown as 2w-2. For all other locos, Continental notation is 
used (Bo-Bo etc.). 

The following abbreviations are used for power source: -

Steam locos

CT	Crane tank, a T type of loco fitted with load lifting apparatus
F	Fireless steam loco
PT	Pannier tank, side tanks not fastened to the frames
RT	T type loco with rack adhesion gear fitted
ST	Saddle tank
T	Side tank or similar, a tank positioned externally and fastened to the frames
T/t	Side tank with a tender
TG	Geared tank
VBGT	Vertical boilered geared tank
WT	Well tank, a tank located between the frames under the boiler 

Diesel and electric locos

BE	Battery electric powered
D	Diesel loco, unspecified transmission
DE	Diesel loco, electric transmission
DH	Diesel loco, hydraulic transmission
DM	Diesel loco, mechanical transmission
DMF	Diesel loco , mechanical transmission fitted with flameproofing for working underground 
	in mines
P	Petrol or paraffin loco, unspecified transmission
PE	Petrol or paraffin loco, electric transmission
PM	Petrol or paraffin loco, mechanical transmission
PMR	Petrol railcar, mechanical transmission
WE	Wire electric powered loco
WER	Wire electric railcar

3rd column	Builder. A list of the abbreviations used can be found at XXXXXX

4th column	The builders number of the loco (also known as the works number).

5th column	The year of construction.

6th column	A letter or number referring to additional information listed below. A letter 
denotes information on the locos previous history, a number to its subsequent history. There are 
also footnotes (denoted by lower case Roman numerals) that are sources that the information has 
come from. The following are abbreviations used in these notes.

CRJ		Continental Railway Journal
CW		Correspondence with Chris West
FJ		Correspondence with Frank Jux
IRS		Industrial Railway Society bulletin
NG		Narrow Gauge Railway Society magazine
RDD		Correspondence with Bob Darvill
IRG		Indian Railway Gazette
RlyByl		Railway Bylines magazine
MTI		Mainline to Industry
LP23		Loco Profile 23, Darjeeling tanks
IL		Indian Locomotives series

The following are abbreviations of company names etc. that are used throughout (although in some 
cases not exclusively!) the list.

BPT		Bombay Port Trust
IAHQ		Indian Army Headquarters
IISCO		Indian Iron & Steel Co
IO		Indian Office
IOL		India Office Library, part of the British Library
MISCO		Mysore Iron & Steel Co
PWD		Public Works Department
SEB		State Electricity Board
TELCO		Tata Engineering & Locomotive Co
TISCO		Tata Iron & Steel Co
USATC		United States Army Transportation Corps
WD		War Department
WDLR		War Department Light Railways

These are other abbreviations that are used.

c.		Circa
Dsm		Dismantled
OOU		Out of use
pvd		Preserved
q.v.		Compare with
reb		Rebuilt
ren		Renumbered