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New Iron foundry [Jamalpur Railway Workshops].

New Iron foundry [Jamalpur Railway Workshops].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1897

Shelfmark: Photo 15/8(2)

Item number: 2

Length: 20.3

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

General exterior view of the iron foundry at the Jamalpur Railway Workshops taken by an unknown photograher, c. 1897 from the Elgin Collection: 'Presented to His Excellency the Earl of Elgin & a Memento of His Excellency's Visit to the East Indian Railway Workshops at Jamalpur November 30th 1897'. The iron foundry covered about 10,000 square feet and employed around 1800 staff, some of whom were women. These expansive workshops were part of the East India Railway Company's main site at Jamalpur in north-east India, they were designed to undertake every aspect of the overhaul and repair of the Company’s railway locomotives and from the 1880s they started building new locomotives here, making all the parts except the wheels which were imported. By the 1880s the workshops employed 5,000 people and by 1906 the number was close to 10,000.

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