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Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway
Industry Railways
Founded 1855
Defunct 1951
Headquarters Bombay, British India
Area served
Bombay Presidency and Rajasthan
Services Rail transport
Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway train at National Rail Museum, New Delhi

The Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway (BB&CI) was a company incorporated in 1855 to undertake the task of constructing a railway line between Bombay and Vadodara in India. BB&CI completed the work in 1864. The first suburban railway in India was started by BB&CI, operating between Virar and Colaba, a station in Bombay Backbay in 1867. The main headquarters of the BB&CI Railway was located in Churchgate, Bombay, and the headquarters and workshops for the meter gauge tracks and services was located in Ajmer.


The Colaba-Borivali section (37.8 km) was electrified on 5 January 1928 on the 1.5 kV DC system. The two tracks between Colaba and Grant Road stations were electrified, while four tracks between Grant Road and Bandra railway stations were electrified. Only two suburban tracks between Bandra and Borivli were electrified in 1928, two main tracks were left for the steam locomotives. In 1933, Colaba station and two electrified tracks between Colaba and Churchgate railway stations were dismantled. In 1936, electrification was extended to the two main tracks between Bandra and Borivali stations, left earlier and the two main tracks between Borivali and Virar stations were also electrified, resulting in completion of the electrification of the Churchgate-Virar section.[1]

Later developments[edit]

In year 1949, after independence of India, Gaekwar's Baroda State Railway was merged in to Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway by Government of India.

Around 1910, Bagol initially was the only Railway station on proposed Udaipur–Phulad Railway line by Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI). Unfortunately due to some Government planning the work of extending the railway line via Bagol was stopped, though the railway building still exists in Bagol which is now under Forest Department.

On 5 November 1951 the Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway was merged with the Saurashtra Railway, Rajputana Railway, Jaipur Railway and Cutch State Railway to give rise to the Western Railway.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rao, M.A. (1988). Indian Railways, New Delhi: National Book Trust, pp.150-1

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Mumbai Mirror

Mumbai Mirror
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:12:18 -0700

The buffers, manufactured by Ransom and Rapiers in 1906, belong to a British company that was founded in 1869 at Waterside Works, Ipswich, England and were installed by the Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI). Churchgate railway ...

Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & Analysis
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:57:13 -0700

Given its depth of information, Halt Station India would have been a perfect read but for the skimping of the history of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway or BB&CI (now Western Railway). Of the 205 pages that make up the book, only 11 are ...

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:33:34 -0800

“Until independence, the trains were operated by the British under the name BB&CI Railway (Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway); later BB&CI Railway was renamed as Western Railway on November 5, 1951,” Shukla said. Incidentally, Shukla's father ...
Daily News & Analysis (blog)
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:42:03 -0700

Between 1854 and 1860, India had eight railway companies – Eastern India Railway, Great India Peninsula Company, Madras Railway, Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway, Scindia Railway, Eastern Bengal Eastern Railway and Calcutta and South ...

Times of India

Times of India
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:11:27 -0700

A Parsi battalion worked alongside troops of Parsi Boy Scouts and Girl Guides to control the crowd, and the Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway (BB&CI) arranged to run "six special trains" to ferry the visitors to Salsette. The ceremony concluded ...


Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:52:10 -0700

What: The Heritage Transport Museum of India, Gurgaon, might be of interest to the Mumbaikar, especially now, as works by TV Santosh and Hetal Shukla along with rare archival material are on display at the facility. A three-levelled state-of-the-art ...


Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:12:55 -0800

First was CR — then called Great Indian Peninsula Railway — 1925, followed by Western Railway (then Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway) in 1928. Post electronisation, station masters or TCs made announcements over microphones. Brownson ...

Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & Analysis
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:44:24 -0800

The western line was called the Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI) which was set up in 1855. First, construction was started on a 29-mile broad gauge stretch from Utran to Ankleshwar. This was subsequently extended to Bombay by 1864, ...

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