British Era Steam Locomotive Bangalore-Old Photo
This is an old 1890 photo of the British-era steam locomotive workshop at Bangalore, now Bengaluru. It has a pencil notation in French on the back. That reads “Engineer’s Station At Arsikere.” Arsikere is an important railway station near Bangalore. The photo shows a narrow-gauge steam locomotive presumably a Kitson at a Loco shed. Notice few British officials and their Indian staff. This same photograph also appears in a French magazine “Le Pelerin”. The article is titled “A Travers L’inde Anglaisse” or “Across English India”.
Bengaluru became an important railway junction after the British military took residence there. After the four Anglo-Mysore wars that ended in 1799 defeating Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan. The British became more familiar with Bengaluru after Haider Ali’s and Tipu Sultan’s fort and the palace were captured by them. And after 1799 Bangalore developed into an important city with a huge military and civilian base. That necessitated a well-connected railway station.
Did you know- the c1855 Fairy Queen is India’s oldest steam locomotive. The Guinness Book of Records cited the loco “as the world’s oldest locomotive in regular service.”