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Listed below are several books that you might find interesting on the topics of railways in India. Not all of them are devoted entirely to India. Also note that the books listed here cover a large span of publication dates, with some books having been published over a hundred years ago. A few books also have reading notes attached.
In many cases, the information below may be somewhat out of date as many of the older books are out of print and difficult to obtain. If you are interested in purchasing them, please search the internet for the most latest information on their availability.
General Indian Railway History
Railways of India
J N Westwood
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1975 ISBN 0-7153-6295-X
192 pages with 34 B&W photographs and 13 maps
A concise but comprehensive history of railways in India up until its publication in 1975. Its contents became something of a standard text over the 40 years following its publication. It has some very nice photographs of a wide variety of steam diesel and electric locos and the set of maps of the railway zones in 1973 is excellent. Out of print but widely available through 2nd hand channels at a reasonable price.
Railways of the Raj
M G Satow and R Desmond
Scolar Press, UK, 1980
Concise description of development of railways until the early 20th century, human interest, with many period illustrations and photographs (115 pages of plates).
M A Rao
National Book Trust of India, New Delhi, 1975 (3rd edition, 1999) ISBN 81-237-2589-2
Some pictures and some interesting material on IR history, with quite a lot of overlap with Sahni's book (q.v.).
Indian Railways: one hundred years, 1853 to 1953
J N Sahni
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), New Delhi 1953 LC Card: 55018553
This book focuses on the early years of railways in India, with little corporate history and virtually no engineering history. The many pictures in this book are rather poorly printed, and the production quality of this book is not very good.
Building the Railways of the Raj 1850-1900
Ian J Kerr
Oxford University Press, UK and USA 1995, 1998 ISBN 0-19-564238-4, 0-19-563444-6
Focus on construction and spread of railways, and social history thereof, with some strong political theory infused throughout. 284pp, 3 maps, 10 halftones.
27 Down: New Departures in Indian Railway Studies
Editor: Ian J Kerr
Orient Longman, 2007 ISBN 978-81-250-3063-8
pp. 448, photographs, statistical tables, CD-ROM with additional material
This book aims to explore some of the neglected dimensions of India's colonial and postcolonial railways. Topics include: Railways and the nineteenth century capitalist development of South Asia, porters at a twenty-first-century Mumbai station, late nineteenth-century Hindi accounts of train travel, post-1947 films and writings that represent railways during the Partition of India, railway art on Bangladeshi rikshas, railway workshop labour, financing and managing the railways of North India, an exploration of why India's railways did not contribute more positively to colonial India's economic development. Included CD-ROM contains bibliography, the film 'Veiled in Vapour' by Gilbert Loreaux and Mukul Mangalik, statistics, and poems.
Railways in Modern India
Ian J Kerr
Oxford University Press, UK and USA, 2001 ISBN 0-19-564828-5
400pp, 3 maps, 1 halftone
Series: Oxford in India Readings: Themes in Indian History Reprints of significant writings on Indian railway history. Historical context, suggested approaches to the study of railway history in India.
Halt Station India: The dramatic tale of the nation's first rail lines
Rupa Publications, 2014 ISBN 8129134977, ISBN-13 978-8129134974
Rajendra Aklekar, an IRFCA member and journalist based in Mumbai, has compiled a history of the early railway lines in the Mumbai area, with numerous nuggets of information gleaned from his research over the years.
Permanent Way through the Khyber
Jarrods, London, 1934
An account of the difficult task of building the tracks to the northwest for the Khyber Railway.
North West Mail
Robert Hale, London 1939
History of Bombay Suburban Railways (1853-1985)
Dr A K Arora
History of Indian Railways
G. S. Khosla
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) and A. H. Co., New Delhi, 1988
Not very well organized in its content. Much emphasis on administrative issues, with little on engineering history. Out of print.
Railways in India : A Legend
Sitanshu Shekhar Ghosh
Jogmaya Prakashini, Kolkata, 2009
Covering the origin and development of railways in India from 1830 to 2008.
Nehru and Indian Railways
A K Arora and B S Misra
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), New Delhi, 1989
Line Clear to India
Subtitled: Incorporating Rowland MacDonald Stephenson's "Report Upon Introduction of Railways into India - 1844"
(NRM Heritage Series Volume 1). 1998, Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), Govt. of India, New Delhi
Selected official reports, correspondence, etc. related to the inception and early growth of railways in India, including a reprint of the Stephenson report.
1991, Bodley Head, London
Account of the efforts to forge steamship and railway links between Europe and India. Covers battles, diplomacy, engineering, and social and political history. Includes maps.
Report on the Practicability and Advantages of the Introduction of Railways to British India
R MacDonald Stephenson
1868, London. Printed by Kelly & Co.
Early proposals for railways in India, with official and unofficial correspondence and trade figures and projections. See the NRM publication "Line Clear to India", published in 1998, which incorporates this report.
Indian Railways and their Probable Results
Sir William Patrick Andrew
1848, 150pp, maps
Author was a pioneer of the railways and promoter of the military, political, and commercial benefits of railways and telegraphs in India.
The Railways of India
E (Edward?) Davidson (possibly G Davidson?)
1868, E. & F.N. Spon, London
pp 384, plates, maps
With an account of their rise, progress and construction - written with the aid of the records of the India Office.
Indian Railways: Reports by and about the Indian Railway Companies
John Clark Marshman
1868, Publisher unknown, 30pp
Article formerly published in the Quarterly Review.
Railways in British India
Light Railways for the United Kingdom, India and the Colonies
John Charles Mackay
1896, Crosby Lockwood & Son, London, 322pp
Pioneer Irrigation and Light Railways Manual of information for farmers in the Colonies
Ernest O. Mawson and Everard Richard Calthrop
with additional chapters on light railways by E.R. Calthrop.
1904, London, Crosby Lockwood and Son
K. V. Aiyar
1st ed. 1924, pp 131 India of Today, Vol. 7 Oxford University Press, London
2nd ed. 1925, pp 133 India of Today, Vol. 7 Oxford University Press, London & Madras
Development of Indian Railways
1930, University of Calcutta
Photos, maps, 397pp
Colonization, Defence, and Railways in our Indian Empire
Date and publisher unknown
Full Steam Ahead
Issued by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India for the Railway
Printed by Times of India Press, Bombay, 56pp, 93 halftones, maps
A typical morale boosting wartime booklet. Brief history of Indian Railways and the demands made on them by war and how they were met. Data about traffic, etc., and ideas on what was to happen on the Railways immediately post-war.
Millions on the Move
1948, publisher ???
An account of the refugee traffic after Partition.
Narrow Gauge Railways - Two Feet and Under
Leslie S. Robertson
A reprint of an Institution of Mechanical Engineers paper of 1898
1988, Plateway Press, Croydon, Surrey
Includes numerous photos, drawing of Sharp Stewart 4826/1901 (Howrah-Amta Light Railway), and additional material by Andrew Neale.
Light Railways, their rise and decline
1964, Ian Allan, London
Palestine, Egypt, and India Connected by a Railway System
1876, W H Allen, London
Non-technical exposition with plenty of proposals for various international railway connections.
The Reconstruction of the Empress Bridge over the River Sutlej
Jon Douglas Watson and William Macrae
Reprint from proceedings of the ICE, vol. 237, 1933-34
1935, Institution of Civil Engineers, London
The Regirdering of the Railway Bridge over the Krishna River, Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway
Harold Nugent Colam
Reprint from proceedings of the ICE, vol. 227, 1928-29
1929, Institution of Civil Engineers, London
General Rules for All Open Lines of Railways in British India Administered by the Government with the Bengal and Assam Railway
1944, East Indian Railway Press, Calcutta
Exploration Survey for a Railway Connection between India, Siam, and China
Holt S Hallett
1886, Royal Geographical Society, London
Geological Notes on the Central Railway Tunnels of the Western Ghats, India
B C Roy
Bulletin of the Geological Survey of India, Series B: Engineering Geology and Ground Water, No. 12
1958, Controller of Publications, New Delhi
Biographical Directory of Railway Engineers
Marshall Railway Canal and Historical Society
ISBN 0901461229, 2003, Oxford
Engines of Change: The Railroads That Made India
Ian J Kerr
Orient Blackswan. Hardbound 2006, Paperback 2012
Hardbound ISBN-10: 0275985644, ISBN-13: 978-0275985646
Paperback ISBN-10: 8125045627 ISBN-13: 978-8125045625
Comprises 8 chapters, endnotes, and bibliography. Impeccable historical research; text supported by numerous monochrome illustrations throughout. Widely available through online and offline retail platforms. Reasonably priced, available in both hard bound (224 pages) and soft bound (236 pages).
India Junction: A Window to the Nation
edited by Seema Sharma
Rupa Publications, India, 2014
ISBN-10: 8129132680 ISBN-13: 978-8129132680
296pp, Hardcover. Price: INR 695
A collection of in-depth, analytical essays, travelogues and rare photographic features. Featuring renowned authors Sir Mark Tully, Ruskin Bond, Gillian Wright, Ian J. Kerr, Jerry Pinto, Omair Ahmad, Kartik Iyengar, Shoba Narayan, Sandipan Deb and Sharmila Kantha.
Tracking Modernity: India's Railway and the Culture of Mobility
University of Minnesota Press, 2011. Paperback
ISBN-10: 0816665613 ISBN-13: 978-0816665617
Hardcover ISBN-10: 0816665605 ISBN-13: 978-0816665600
272pp. Price: $25 (paperback)
The book presumably builds on the author's 2000 dissertation "Tracking Modernity: Writing the Rails of Empire" which reviews selected literature from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Revealing railways as a microcosm of tensions within Indian culture, Aguiar demonstrates how their representations have challenged prevailing ideas of modernity, starting with colonial-era perspectives, continuing through the partition and postcolonial eras, and concluding with a look at terrorism and the railways. The latter is broadly defined and includes accidents, crime and sabotage in addition to recent terrorist incidents.
Bridges, Buildings & Black Beauties Of Northern Railway
Vinoo N. Mathoor
Institute of Rail Transport, in association with National Rail Museum, 2008
ISBN-10: 8190562517. ISBN-13: 978-8190562515
Hardbound, 455pp. Price: INR 3900
Available at the bookshop in National Rail Museum, New Delhi
An illustrative book introducing engineering achievements, including detailed notes on major bridges and buildings. Also includes pictures and diagrams of various classes of steam locomotives used by the Northern Railway.
Major Railway Accidents in India, 2000-09
ISBN-10: 8192187608. ISBN-13: 978-8192187600
Paperback, 112pp. Price: INR 225
A compendium of all the major railway accidents of the decade by IRFCA member Ajai Banerjee.
Tracks of Change: Railways and Everyday Life in Colonial India
Cambridge University Press, 2016
ISBN-10: 1107084210. ISBN-13: 978-1107084216
Hardcover, 324pp. Price: INR 895
This book makes an attempt to examine how the railways impacted the daily lives of Indian society and how society in turn adapts itself to accept the growing presence of railways. Available both in online and offline retail outlets.
Indian Railways: Glorious 150 Years
R. R. Bhandari
Publications Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India.
ISBN-10: 8123012543. ISBN-13: 978-8123012544
Indian Railways, The Final Frontier: Genesis and Growth of the North-East Frontier Railway
Arup Kumar Dutta
Northeast Frontier Railway, 2002
A comprehensive study of the history of the railways in the North-Eastern parts of India. Includes illustrations and photographs of construction. Available in both hardbound and paperback from the office of the Chief Public Relations Officer at NF Railway Headquarters in Maligaon.
The Railways in Assam, 1885-1947
Pilgrims Publishing, 2007. ISBN-10: 8177694227 ISBN-13: 978-8177694222
A socio-historical analysis of the railways and Assam in the given period geared towards historians rather than railway enthusiasts.
A Short History of Indian Railways
Rajendra B. Aklekar
Rupa Publications, India, 2019. ISBN-10: 9353332877 ISBN-13: 978-9353332877
Paperback, 248pp. Price: INR 225 onwards
A short history of the Indian Railways from the 1830s to present day told through a series of anecdotes.
Changing Tracks: Reinventing the Spirit of Indian Railways
Collins Business (1 December 2009). ISBN-10: 8172238622. ISBN-13: 978-8172238629
Indian Railways: The Weaving of a National Tapestry
Bibek Debroy et. al.
Penguin Random House India (10 February 2017). ISBN-10: 0143426753 ISBN-13: 978-0143426752
264pp. Price: INR 248
Readings in Indian Railway Finance
K.B. Verma (Editor)
Academic Foundation (1998)
ISBN-10: 8171881211 ISBN-13: 978-8171881215
Price: INR 995
Indian Railways: A Journey
B.R. Publishing Corporation (12 October 2012)
ISBN-10: 9350500302 ISBN-13: 978-9350500309
Our Indian Railway: Themes in Indias Railway History
Rupa Srinivasan et al
Cambridge University Press India; illustrated edition (28 March 2006)
ISBN-10: 8175963301 ISBN-13: 978-8175963306
The Purveyors of Destiny: A Cultural Biography of the Indian Railways
Arup K Chatterjee
Bloomsbury India. 2017. ISBN-10: 9386349523 ISBN-13: 978-9386349521
329pp. Price: INR 595
The Great Indian Railway: A Cultural Biography
Arup K Chatterjee
Bloomsbury India, 2018. ISBN-10: 9388038886 ISBN-13: 978-9388038881
376pp. Price: INR 503 onwards
The Great Indian Peninsula Railway: A Journey Through Time (1853-1871)
Dr. Rita P. Bhambi.
Bharti Publications, New Delhi, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-9385000768
Hardcover, 258pp. Price: INR 880
A historical narrative on the construction and growth of the GIPR, including detailed notes on the contract system adopted by the company.
Railways and The Raj: How the Age of Steam Transformed India
Atlantic Books, 2017. ISBN-10: 0857890646, 1786495279
Hardcover, paperback and Kindle. 384pp. Price: INR 2646.00 (hardcover), INR 599.00 (paperback), INR 349.00 (Kindle)
Transforming the Nation's Destiny: Indian Railways, A Visual Journey
DK (formerly Dorling Kindersley), London. 15th July 2020. ISBN:
Hardcover, 304pp. Price: £20
An illustrative compilation of historical moments, railway engineering, buildings, rolling stock etc. Pictures and plates are accompanied by descriptive text notes. Foreword is by Bibek Debroy.
Company Specific History
Couplings to the Khyber
1969, David & Charles, Newton Abbott
ISBN 7153 4342 4
This is a well-written, predominantly civil engineering history of the N.W.R.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: A Photographic Profile 1962-1998
Emile D Badawy and Lindsay Crow
1999, Train Hobby Publications, Studfield, Vic., Australia
pp. 48, 59 colour photos, map
Stunning photographs of the DHR, 1962-1998
Halfway to Heaven: Darjeeling and its remarkable railway
2000, Rail Romances, Chester, UK
332pp, 52 colour pages, over 300 illustrations
Available from the DHR Society in the UK
A detailed history of the DHR
John Flower and David Charlesworth (ed.)
2002, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society
Konkan Railway : A dream come true
Menaka Shivdasani and Raju Kane
Konkan Railway Corporation, Ltd.
Anchoring a City Line
Sharada Dwivedi and Rahul Mehrotra
2000, Western Railway, ISBN 81-900602-4-4
History and details of WR services (especially suburban), buildings, etc. Many old and new photographs.
Subtitled: A Railway Story
2006, South Eastern Railway
A history of Garden Reach, which housed the headquarters of the Bengal Nagpur Railway and is still used by the South Eastern Railway. Photographs, facsimiles of early documents, biographies, etc.
Western Railway Meter Gauge system(Western Railway, 1987)
Western Railway Narrow Gauge system (Western Railway, 1987)
The Blue Chip Railway (South-Eastern Railway, 1988, ISBN X901613 087)
Exotic Indian Mountain Railways ((out of print) Railway Board, 1984)
Kalka-Simla & Kangra Valley lines (Northern Railway, 1983)
Jodhpur Railway (Northern Railway, 1982)
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (National Rail Museum, 2000)
Locomotives in Steam (Railway Board, 1981)
Rail Race to Jammu (about the completion of the line from Pathankot
Rail Transport Museum (Railway Board, 1980)
South Eastern Railway: March to New Millennium (SER, 2001)
All by R.R. Bhandari, the first curator of the National Rail Museum.
The books on specific railway systems are good, concise histories of the systems, with specific information on dates of opening of various lines, etc., and with fairly good quality black-and-white and colour plates.
No ISBNs for some of these. The older ones are generally long out of print. Some of these may still be available from the National Rail Museum in New Delhi. A few are also available from the British Overseas Railways Historical Trust. The book on the DHR is a new one (available at the NRM), and is the first in a new series planned on the mountain railways, including material re-issued from the book Exotic Indian Mountain Railways along with some new material.
Western Railway: A Glorious Saga
R R Bhandari
Western Railway, 2008
The book traces the history of Western Railway from its precursor the BB&CI Railway; pictures, facts and figures.
Western Railway, 2008. In Hindi
History of the WR and CR Mumbai suburban system - railway stations, impact on society - anecdotes from commuters, pieces by well-known figures.
Heritage, Legends, and Traditions
A K Jhingron
Western Railway, 2010
Treatise on the heritage of Western Railway - covers documentation and archives, photographs, and preserved artifacts. Includes a chapter on documentation of WR relics of heritage significance, by IRFCA member Rajendra Aklekar.
Raj in Sunset
1961, Arthur H. Stockwell, Ilfracombe
A recounting of the author's career as a railway official in India.
History of the North Western Railway
B. de Villeroi
1896, Self published by the author, Lahore
History of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway
Part 1, Vol. 1 : 1853-1869
Part 1, Vol. 2 : 1870-1900
S N Sharma
1985 (vol. 1), 1990 (vol. 2)
Published by the Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway, Bombay V.T.
The early history of the East Indian Railway: 1845-1879
1966, PhD dissertation, London University, London
1994, ISBN 8171020038 South Asia Books
History of EIR: planning, fund-raising, land acquisition, cargo carried, and economic impact on the eastern region.
History of the East Indian Railway
Vol. 1, 1906, Thacker Spink & Co. Calcutta
Vol. 2, 1939, St Stephens, Bristol Press, Bristol
History of Indian Railways: Constructed and in progress
Government of India, Railway Department (Railway Board)
Simla, Government of India Press
Details of all railway operations in India from the middle of the 19th century, with dates of opening of routes, train running arrangements, contract dates and information, and many maps. This was an annual publication; the issues were produced until the 1960s or so.
Railway Systems of India, Ceylon, Siam, and Malaya
The First and Second Special Indian and Eastern Numbers of The Railway
Gazette, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2, 1929, republished
152pp, 168 full-page plates, plans, maps
Historical record of Indian and south-east Asian railways, with pictures.
Administration Report on the Railways in India
British Parliamentary Papers, published annually
Annual, up to the 1940s, HMSO, London. Also Simla.
Usually including maps, charts, photographs and illustrations of rolling stock, etc. Usually in two volumes; one with descriptions, maps, illustrations, and the other with tabulated data on finances, traffic, etc.
Railway Construction In India in 3 volumes
Indian Council of Historical Research
ISBN: 81-7211-102-9 1999, xlii, 572pp, 25 cm. Hard Cover
Available from Books of India, affiliated with Bibliofind/Amazon.
Approximate price US $450.00
A comprehensive look at the construction of various lines until the early 20th century. Includes documents and correspondence.
Illustrated Guide to the South Indian Railway Company,
Including the Mayavaram-Mutupet and Peralam-Karaikkal Railways
1900, Higginbotham, Madras
1910, South Indian Railway Company, London
466pp (1910 ed. 368pp.), map
The Nizam's State Railway Commemorative Book (about 1940)
Darjeeling - Himalayan Railway Co
Darjeeling and its mountain railway: A guide and souvenir
Author unknown; the compilers' preface signed 'R.B.A.'
1921, Caledonian Printing Co, Calcutta for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Co.
1983 reprint, Jetsum Publishing House, Darjeeling.
Illustrated Guide for Tourists to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Darjeeling
1896 (second printing), Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Reprinted by Pagoda Tree Press, Malvern Buildings, Fairfield Park, Bath BA1 6JX, England
With many engravings and photographs, pp 106
Delhi Durbar Railway: Traffic administration report
1912, Delhi Durbar Railway
Two Volumes, maps
Pamban Viaduct, South Indian Railway
Colin Robert White
Excerpted minutes of proceeds of the Instn. Civil Engineers, vol. 199, session 1914-15. 1915, Institution of Civil Engineers, London
Railway Reports: Report and estimate of the Baroda Railway
Arthur A West and others
1850, 1851, Bombay
Detailed proposal and estimates for Baroda Railway, including land surveys, sketch maps, economic analyses, etc., foreshadowing the BB&CI Rly.
The Electrification of the Suburban and certain Main-line Sections of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway
Reprint of a paper presented to the Institution of Electrical Engineers on April 28, 1932
Madras Railway Company: Pictorial Guide
1902, Higginbothams, Madras
The Frontier Mail: India's fastest daily service to Delhi, Lahore, and Peshawar
1900s? BB&CI Rly.
Souvenir book with photographs of landscape and route.
Bridges on the northern section of the Nagda-Muttra State Railway
John Kerr Robertson
1913, Institution of Civil Engineers, London
Excerpts of Instn. of Civil Engineers proceedings, vol. 193, session 1912-13.
Alphabetical List of Indian Railway Stations M. K. Jain
Subtitled: All-Indian Rly. Distance Table and Code Book
No ISBN, 1997 (?) Prince Publication, G. T. Road, Shahdara, New Delhi
Contains an extensive list of stations with their codes, distances from New Delhi, and route information.
Alphabetical List of Railway Stations in India
Published by the Indian Railway Conference Association
Contains a comprehensive list of passenger and goods stations, sidings, cabins, etc. Published irregularly every few years. The last one was published in 1995(?). Available from offices of the Chief Commercial Managers of the zonal railways.
Bradshaw's Railway Manual, Shareholders' Guide and Directory
by Henry Blacklock (1891)
Details of UK, British Colonial, and other British-owned railways. Administrative details, fold-out maps, staff directories.
Locomotives & Rolling Stock
Indian Locomotives Part 1, Broad Gauge 1851-1940 (1990)
Indian Locomotives Part 2, Meter Gauge 1872-1940 (1992)
Indian Locomotives Part 3, Narrow Gauge 1863-1940 (1994)
Indian Locomotives Part 4, 1941-1990 (1996)
The Continental Railway Circle
25 Woodcock Dell Avenue,
Middlesex, HA3 0PW, England.
The definitive guide to all the locomotives used in India until 1990, including makers' information, serial numbers, etc. Comprehensive details of steam locos used in former railways in India, including movements to and from India and final dispositions. (Was also available from Midland Counties and other UK booksellers.)
A Guide to the Diesel and Electric Locomotives of Indian Railways
Jal E Daboo, M.A
ISBN 1 901613 02 X
Comprehensive descriptions of and data on all IR diesel and electric locos, from the early designs of the 1920's until the late 1990's. Fifteen pages of diagrams, 36 photographs. Out of print.
Loco Profile 17: Jones Goods & Indian Locos
1971, Profile Publications, Windsor, UK
Loco Profile 23: Darjeeling Tanks Brian Reed
1972, Profile Publications, Windsor, UK
Extensive information on the DHR and its locomotives. Photos, map, drawings.
Steam Locomotives in India, Part 1 - Narrow Gauge
Hugh Hughes and F. Jux
(Title on cover: Indian Narrow Gauge Railways)
1968??, Original edition published by Frank Jux, Richmond
Photos, tables, maps, descriptions, historical data, 39pp. See revised edition below.
Steam Locomotives in India, Part 1 - Narrow Gauge
Hugh Hughes and F. Jux (1980 revision)
1980, 2nd (revised) edition, Continental Railway Circle, Harrow
Photos, tables, maps, descriptions, historical data, pp. 39
Steam Locomotives in India, Part 2 - Narrow Gauge (1977)
Steam Locomotives in India, Part 3 - Broad Gauge (1979)
1977, Continental Railway Circle, Harrow
Photos, tables, sketch maps, descriptions of locos
Garratt Locomotives of the World
A. E. Durrant
1987, Bracken Books, London
Saibal Bose and Subhasis Ganguly
Subtitled: Revival of a Garratt locomotive
2007, South Eastern Railway, Kolkata
ISBN 9788175258266, 100pp
An account of the restoration of a 1926 Beyer-Peacock Garratt of the Bengal Nagpur Railway, along with historical accounts of Garratts in India and related material.
Indian Railways, Locomotives in Steam
R R Bhandari and the Rail Transport Museum
1981, Indian Railways/Rail Transport Museum (now National Railway Museum)
Pacific Locomotive Committee 1938-39: Report
More on the XB Pacific class.
Indian Railways: Calcutta Electrification
The English Electric Company Ltd.
Subtitled: 3000V DC Locomotives Class EM/2 Operation
Operations & Engineering
Line of Communication: Railway to the East
An account of the role of the railways in India in World War II, focusing on the activity in the east in facing off Japan in Burma.
Adapting Steam Locomotive Boilers to lower Grade Coal
(Article on Giesl ejectors for Indian Railways)
Dr Adolph Giesl-Gieslingen
Indian Railways (periodical), New Delhi, February 1961
Design for Ease of Application and Maintenance - The Giesl Ejector for Steam Locomotives
(Article on Giesl ejectors for Indian Railways)
The Indian Railways Workshop Magazine, May-July 1962
Dr Adolph Giesl-Gieslingen
Increasing Steam Locomotive Capacity
(Article on Giesl ejectors for Indian Railways)
Dr Adolph Giesl-Gieslingen
The Indian Railway Engineer (periodical), July-September 1963
Men May Come and Men May Go
Raj Kumar Jain
ISBN 81-241-0079-9, 1993, 305pp
The book describes historical incidents on IR, with focus on human elements and highlights the importance of research and technological upgrades for IR to effectively play its national and social roles.
Hints to Young Engineers employed on Indian Railways
154pp, 1910, E & F.N. Spon. London
Advanced Railway Operation
Francis Da Costa
These two books above have operational details of IR.
A Textbook of Railway Engineering
S. C. Saxena and S. Arora
1st ed. 1973, then 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981 Dhanpat Rai and Sons, Delhi
K. F. Antia
1st ed. 1945, 2nd ed. 1949, 3rd ed. 1954, 4th ed. 1957, 5th ed. 1960,
New Book Co, Bombay
Railway Bridges and Tunnels
Vazirani and Chandola
Railway Track (Practical)
Wheeler and D. S. Thakur
1988, Vernam & Co, Sahampur, U.P. (third, revised and enlarged edition)
Modern Railway Signalling (principles and practice)
M. K. Kaul
1983, Bahri Brothers, Delhi
Paper on the Bhore Ghaut Incline of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway
James John Berkley
Submitted to the Bombay Mechanics Institute
1858, 1863, The Education Society Press, Byculla
Railway Signalling in India Charles
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, 1909-1910, Part II
1909, Institution of Civil Engineers.
Railway Signalling: Theory and Practice
S T Dutton
(in the series "Lockwood's Manuals")
1928, Technical Press, London.
Indian signalling principles and practice described.
Economics, Policy, Organization
Transport Development in India
S. K. Srivastava
2nd ed. 286pp (revised & enlarged)
1956, Publishing House, Ghaziabad
Railways in Modern India
Indian Railways -- A Commercial Guide for Railwaymen and Rail Users
S C Halder
399pp, 2001, K K Lodha / Kamal Law House, 8/2 Kiran Shankar Ray Road, Calcutta
Commercial rules and procedures, information for commercial department staff.
Economics of Indian Rail Transport
Remarks on the Indian Railways Reports published by the Government, and Reasons for a Change of Policy in India
John Dickinson (Chairman, Indian Reform Society)
1862, London, P. S. King
The Law relating to Railways in British India including the Indian Railways Act 1890 etc
Henry Edward Trevor
447pp, 1891, Reeve & Turner, London
Railway Policy in India
pp vii 359
1894, Rivington Percival & Co, London
Recent Railway Policy in India
reprinted from the Journal of the Society of Arts
1900, H & F Millard, London
State Management & Control of Railways in India : A Study of Railway Finance Rates and Policy During 1920-37
L. A. Natesan
496pp, University of Calcutta, 1946.
Indian Railways: A study in Public Utility Administration
435pp, 1960, Asia Publishing House, London & Bombay
Indian Railways, Problems & Prospects
R. N. Saxena
Four Decades of Indian Railways: 1950-1990
R. N. Saxena
ISBN 81-7188-059-2, 81-7188-058-4
1991, 2000, Academic Foundation
A study of the growth of IR in a socio-economic context.
An alternative approach to capital productivity and resource allocation on Indian Railways
K. B. Verma
1996, Academic Foundation
The Trade Union Movement in Indian Railways
Mahesh K. Mast
1969, Verry, Lawrence Incorporated
History of Railway Trade Union Movement, A Study
1985, Centre for Indian Trade Unions, New Delhi
Human resources management in Indian Railways
M. Gangadhara Rao
1986, Manas Publications
Cost Management: A case study of some aspects of Indian Railways
1988, Anupama Publications
Econometric cost functions: A study of Indian Railways
Hari Om Varma
1988, Anmol Publications
Economics Of Alternative Fuel Technology In Railway Transport
Arti U. Nanavati
1989, New Delhi, Ajanta Books International
Management Of Indian Railways
S M Imamul Haque
1989, publisher unknown
Railway Management in India
1975? publisher unknown
Railway Establishment Rules And Labour Laws 1999
B S Mainee
1999, 896pp, ISBN: 81-7274-299-1
Organization of IR, recruitment, training, pay policies, employment policies, etc.
Migration of British Capital to 1875
1927, New York
Early plans for railways in India and the difficulties of financing them.
Investment in Empire : British Rail and Steam Shipping Enterprise in India, 1825-1849
Daniel Thorner and Mira Wilkins (Ed.)
1950, 1977, Ayer Company Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0405097239
The Hump Yard in India
H. W. Wagstaff
Calcutta, East Indian Railway Press (date?)
Notes on the hump yards based on compiled from data made available in the Railway Board's Office, and from visits paid to most of the more important hump yards in India.
Freight Yards, Terminals, and Trains: Indian Practice
S C Ghose
1925? Publisher unknown.
Railway Land Management - A Practical Approach
5 Aab Prakashan, Jalandhar
Transportation Technology of the Millennium
(Seminar Proceedings) 2001, Central Railway
Travels by a Lesser Line
Author spent two months travelling through 14 Indian states in a quest to find out whether it was possible to travel to all four corners of India by narrow gauge trains.
Exploring Indian Railways
1994, Oxford India Paperbacks / Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-19-56371-5, 0-19-5631-09-9
Interesting and amusing series of essays, travelogues, and reflections on all aspects of Indian Railways
Branch Line to Eternity
Author's travels on the branch lines (meter and narrow gauge) lines of the Southern and South Central railways (some since closed).
Great Railway Journeys of the World
BBC/ Sphere Books 1981
This book has essays and photos from the original series. The Indian chapter is " Deccan" by Brian Thompson.
Great Railway Journeys
collection, various authors
1994, BBC Books / Penguin Books
Has "Karachi to Khyber" by Mark Tully, in addition to other pieces.
Great Railway Bazaar: by train through Asia
1975, Houghton Mifflin, Boston
1976, Ballantine Books, New York
LC Card: 75009981
Imperial Way : making tracks from Peshawar to Chittagong
Paul Theroux and Steve McCurry
1985, Hamilton, London
A Gricer In India & Pakistan
1972, Published privately, London
Journey on a Perfect Little Train
In the anthology, "Worlds Apart: Travels in Peace and War". Description of steam-hauled trip on the Kangra Valley Rly.
Sunrise with Seamonsters : travels and discoveries 1964-1984
1985, Hamilton, London
Travel and general essays, most of the book is not about India or IR, but it has the essay, "Tracks to Chittagong"
India By Road And Rail: Diary of an Overland Journey in Nehru's Time
1996, published by author, Southbury, Connecticut, USA
A few descriptions of rail travel.
Jules Verne's Express
1980, Alba Press, Dusseldorf
(German) About the Indian Mail route from the UK to India, with a long section on Indian railways.
Around India in 80 Trains
264pp, Roli Books (1 September 2012)
ISBN-10: 8174369139. ISBN-13: 978-8174369130
216pp, Tranquebar Press; First edition (16 September 2009)
ISBN-10: 9380032862. ISBN-13: 978-9380032863
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the tracks of 'The Great Railway Bazaar'
496pp, Penguin UK (28 May 2009)
ISBN-10: 0141015721. ISBN-13: 978-0141015729
Autobiographies and Biographies
Wheels of India
John Mitchell and A. M. William
1934, Thornton Butterworth, London
pp 319, plates
Autobiographical reminiscences of a Railway Official in India. Coverage of the Bengal Nagpur Rly.
A Soldier with Railways
Lt. Col. A. A. Mains
1994, Picton Publishing, Chippenham, England
Author's memoirs as officer in the 9th Gurkha regiment (1934-1953) in India, Iraq, Syria, and Burma between 1934 and 1953, with a focus on railway experience. Details of locos, rolling stock, and operations.
India's Railway Man: A Biography of E. Sreedharaan
Rajendra B. Aklekar
253pp, Rupa ISBN-10: 8129145219 ISBN-13: 978-8129145215
Indien, Ein Kaiserreich fur die Bahn
P C Bet, B Hollingsworth, and G Moorhouse
1985?, Orell Fussli (Switzerland)
India - No Problem Sahib!
Peter Jordan, Richard Paget, David Charlesworth
1989, Three Counties Publishing
Great photographs of locos and trains covering all zones.
Rail across India: a photographic journey
by Paul C Pet, Geoffrey Moorhouse, and John Brian Hollingsworth
1985, 1986, Abbeville Press, New York; New Cavendish Books, London; Listre Press, New Delhi
220pp, over 140 plates: chiefly ill. (some col.); 35 cm
ISBN: 0896596524, 0904568709 (New Cavendish)
Steam: India's Last Steam Trains
ISBN: 1899235272, published Nov. 1999
Beautiful black-and-white photographs of steam trains in India, with attention to the nitty-gritty details of life in loco sheds and workshops.
India's Disappearing Railways: A photographic journey
224pp . ISBN 1783130113, ISBN-13 978-1783130115
2014, Goodman-Fiell (Carlton Publishing Group)
Photo-essay on India's narrow gauge railways. The author lived and travelled in India for several years.
Steam Railways of the World
Steam Through Five Continents
1991, Allan Sutton (1st ed.)
1998, 1999, Wrens Park Publishing (republished)
Both contain several excellent black-and-white photographs of steam locos in India, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Relics of the Raj
C J Gammell
1985, G R Q Publications, London
Pictures of all sorts of exotic railways, NG, sugar railways, etc.
Whistling Steam - Romance of Indian Rails
64pp., paperback, ISBN: 81-7436-187-1
2003, Roli Books
Photographs of Indian steam locomotives. Published in the 'Pocket Art Series'.
Steam in India
1976, D Bradford Barton, Truro
Photographic album of Indian steam, with notes.
Tales of Asian Steam: The Last Decade
Cyrill Basler, Florian Schmidt, and Bernd Seiler
196pp, 271 colour pictures, English and German text
2001, Eisenbahn Kurier
Covers the middle East, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, China, North Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The section on India is 34 pages long (35 photographs), the section on Pakistan is 16 pages long (17 photographs).
Indian Narrow Gauge Steam Remembered
272pp, maps, about 200 B&W and about 50 colour photographs
2001, Plateway Press, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Travels in India going back to 1970. Industrial NG railways, sugar railways, private railways.
The Penguin Book of Indian Railway Stories
Ed. Ruskin Bond
1994, Penguin Books India / South Asia Books
Railon ki Yatraen ('Rail Journeys'), in Hindi
2002, Central Railway, Mumbai, India
No ISBN available
A compilation of Hindi poetry on the topic of railways.
The Koochpurwanaypore Swadeshi Railway
Joe Hookum (pseudonym, real name W H Deakon)
Around 1900, Thacker, Spink, and Co., Calcutta and Simla
Sepia drawings, paper covers. Humorous sketches on the state of the railways in India. Originally published for the GIP Railway Magazine. Title translates to "It-doesn't-matter city, home-made railway"; author's pseudonym translates to "At your service".
Jute-Waste : Indian Railway Rhymes
E B Chase
1923, Erskine Macdonald, Ltd., London
The Boy Who Loved Trains
by Deepak Sapra
Pages: 256, paperback
Publisher: Readomania. Published in June 2018
ISBN-10: 9789385854644 ISBN-13: 978-9789385854644
The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories
by Ruskin Bond
Pages: 248. Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House India. Published in March 2016
Language: English. ISBN-10: 014011615X ISBN-13: 978-0140116151
The Great Train Journey
by Ruskin Bond
Pages: 136 pages. Paperback
Publisher: Rupa. Published in August 2018
ISBN-10: 9353041511 ISBN-13: 978-9353041519
How the Railways Came to India
by Anuradha Kumar
Pages: 242. Paperback
Publisher: Curato LLP. Published in 2018
ISBN-10: 8193947525 ISBN-13: 978-8193947524
The First Train
Pages: 218. Paperback
Publisher: Curato LLP. Published in 2019
ISBN-10: 8193947568 ISBN-13: 978-8193947562
South Indian Railway: Travel, Scenery, Sports, Health Resorts, Ancient Monuments & Temples in South India
1913 (?), South Indian Railway
41pp., incl. 30 pages of full-page photographs, map
Guide book of tourist sites and description of railway system.
South Indian Railway Co. : Illustrated Guide
Madras, Hoe & Co., Premier Press, 1921, pp. 248
Hints for travellers, routes, Hindu customs etc., and the Nilgiri railway.
The Traveller's Companion - Containing a Brief Description of Places of Pilgrimage and Important Towns in India
by Abdur Rasheed
Superintendent Government Printing, India, 1907. 275pp.
Profusely illustrated with black and white photographs, frontispiece map of the Indian Railway system, exhaustive description of the railways in India at the beginning of the 20th century.
The Indian Railway Travellers' Guide
The 'Bombay Gazette' Steam Press, Nov. 1891. pp. 224, Bombay
Containing the special time and fare tables of all the Indian railway companies, steam boats and dak companies, places of interest along the coast, postal and telegraphic information, the routes between the principal towns of Northern, Central, Southern, and Western India, etc., "corrected up to 30th June 1890"
India by Rail
by Royston Ellis
1st ed. 1989, 3rd ed. 1997
Bradt Travel Guides, Bradt Publications (UK) or The Globe Pequot Press (USA, 1997), or Hunter (USA, 1987 1st ed.)
Discover India by Rail
by Sandeep Silas
Sterling, India, 2001
Basic tourist information on 100+ destinations and rail tours with tips for rail travel. Covers most of the rail routes in India.
The Indian Railway Servant's Manual
by J. Hardless
Compendium of railway rules and procedures
Through Rajputana to Delhi
by Carlton Stubbs
1907, Bombay Times Press, Bombay
An illustrated guide to the areas served by the BB&CI Rly. B&W photos.
Books for Children
There are several books on IR and trains in general by Varsha Seshan, Uday Singh Mina and Bipin Chobhe. Published by TC67 Simulation Systems and Services LLP, they feature Bholu, IR's mascot. They are available on online retail stores including Amazon.
Dak Tikton Ka Safar
("The journey of railway stamps")
by A K Jhingron, ex-GM of Western Railway
Published by Western Railway, 2010
Treatise on postal stamps with a railway theme, with a catalogue of many rare and notable stamps.
The History Of The Railway Thieves In India
With illustrations and hints on detection
Rai Bahadur M Pauparao Naidu (M Paparau Nayadu), Madras Police
No. 1, The Criminal Tribes of India Series
1915, Higginbothams Ltd., Madras, also republished
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