Shakuntala Express Steam Locos, 2 Old Photos 1989

Two rare old photos of the Shakuntala Express Steam Locos taken in 1989. The Central Province Railway or the Shakuntala Railway was established out of necessity in 1910. Because of the massive boom in the export of cotton. That was cultivated in the deep interiors of the Vidharba region. The best mode of transporting it to the Mumbai Port at that time was by railways.

Thus Killick, Nixon & Co established a private 188 km railway stretch between Achalpur to Yavatmal. Built by the then Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR). This narrow-gauge stretch was officially known as the Central Province Railway. Though it was better known by its other name Shakuntala Railway. Cotton was collected between Achalpur and Yavatmal stations.

Then from Murtizapur Junction carried to Mumbai on the broad gauge line. Since Murtizapur is also a junction on the Mumbai-Nagpur-Howrah broad gauge line. The Shakuntala Express additionally had coaches for passenger traffic. Eventually, the train became more passenger-oriented. Its nostalgic steam locomotives were replaced with diesel locomotives in 1995. Killick, Nixon & Co were paid a royalty till this narrow gauge railway was shut down a few years back.

See also Central Province Railway or Shakuntala Railway – Old Photo., and Killick Nixon & Company Mumbai – Old Photo 1900.

Did you know- this was the only privately held railway that the goverment forgot to nationalize after India’s independence. 

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The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.