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Steel foundry [Jamalpur Railway Workshops].

Steel foundry [Jamalpur Railway Workshops].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1897

Shelfmark: Photo 15/8(4)

Item number: 4

Length: 20.8

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

General exterior view of the steel foundry at the Jamalpur Railway Workshops taken by an unknown photographer, 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'. This was the first steel foundry in India and had a production capacity of around 10 tons per day. It was part of the East India Railway Company's main workshops, built in 1862 at Jamalpur, some 300 miles north-west of Calcutta. These expansive workshops were designed to undertake every aspect of the overhaul and repair of the Company’s railway locomotives and from the 1880s new locomotives were also built 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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