The Visit of His Excellency The Earl of Elgin & Kincardine...to the East Indian Railway Workshops at Jamalpur. December 3rd 1897. Arrival at the Workshops.
Photographer: Elias, Basil J.
Medium: Photographic print
View showing the Viceregal party at the East Indian Railway Workshops, Jamalpur taken by Basil J. Elias, December 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'. These were the main workshops of the East India Railway Company, built in 1862 at Jamalpur, some 300 miles north-west of Calcutta. 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. Victor Alexander Bruce, the 9th earl of Elgin, 1849–1917, was Viceroy of India (1894–99) and served as colonial secretary from 1905 to 1908.