Saraya Sugar Mills System

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The Saraya Sugar Mills System, India, 28/12/1993

Photographs of trains and locomotives on the Saraya Sugar Mills system, near Gorakhpur, north India.  Unfortunately, the weather was overcast and sultry on the day of the group’s visit, so the trains are not shown to best advantage.

The railway system serving the Saraya Sugar Mills and its sugar cane fields employed a fascinating collection of mainly ancient, ex-main line rather than industrial, steam locomotives of both 2’ 6” gauge and metre gauge, which were very interesting to study.

The locomotives seen were (with most details from irfca.org/docs/locolists/preserved-steam-india.xls):

No. 52 was the locomotive used on a photographic charter train for the tour group on the rail system through the fields around the mills.  The train consisted of a small 4-wheel coach, for the group to travel in, and a couple of wagons of sugar cane.

Mixed gauge track at the entrance to the Saraya Sugar Mills

Mixed gauge pointwork at the entrance to the Saraya Sugar Mills.

Metre gauge steam locomotive, no. 8 “Tweed”, built by Sharp Stewart in 1873.

The famous metre gauge, no. 8 “Tweed”, built by Sharp Stewart in 1873.

Inside the cab of no. 8 “Tweed”, built by Sharp Stewart in 1873

Inside the cab of no. 8 “Tweed”, built by Sharp Stewart in 1873.

Derelict metre gauge 4-4-0 no. 3, built by Dübs of Glasgow in 1883

Derelict metre gauge 4-4-0 no. 3, built by Dübs of Glasgow in 1883.

2’ 6” gauge 4-6-2 no. 145, built by Kitson in 1918

2’ 6” gauge 4-6-2 no. 145, built by Kitson in 1920.

2’ 6” gauge 4-6-2 no. 145, built by Kitson in 1918

2’ 6” gauge 4-6-2 no. 145, built by Kitson in 1920.

Metre gauge 4-4-0 no. 5, arrives at the mills with a load of sugar cane

Metre gauge 4-4-0 no. 54, arrives at the mills with a load of sugar cane.

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Metre gauge 4-4-0 no. 54, built by Vulcan Foundry in 1884.

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, arrives at Saraya Sugar mills with a load of sugar cane

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, arrives at the mills with a load of sugar cane.

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, built by Hudswell Clarke in 1922

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, built by Hudswell Clarke in 1922.

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields.

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields.

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields.

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields.

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields

2’ 6” gauge 0-6-0 no. 52, in the sugar fields.