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The Largest and Smallest Locomotives on the line [Jamalpur Railway Workshops].

The Largest and Smallest Locomotives on the line [Jamalpur Railway Workshops].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1897

Shelfmark: Photo 15/8(13)

Item number: 13

Length: 20.6

Width: 28.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The small locomotive on the left is called Phyllis, the larger one is numbered 207. This view was taken at the Jamalpur Railway Workshops in north-east India by an unknown photographer, c. 1897 from the Elgin Collection: 'Presented to His Excellency the Earl of Elgin & Kincardine...as a Memento of His Excellency's Visit to the East Indian Railway Workshops at Jamalpur November 30th 1897'. Early locomotives (late 19th century) in India were almost all imported, mainly from the UK. The first steam locomotive to be built in India was in 1895 at workshops at Ajmer. The first locomotive to be produced at Jamalpur was the ‘Lady Curzon’ in 1899. In 1854 the first commercial railway line run by the East India Railway Company ran from Howrah to Hooghly, a distance of 24 miles.

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