The International Steam Pages

Rewari Steam Shed, June 2012

James Billingham reports:

I visited Rewari Steam Shed on Sunday 3rd June 2012.

Despite what is said on website (link broken by 25th October 2016). they do not steam an engine every Sunday. I tried to call 4 or 5 times over the preceding days, without success, the number given on the site. There is no e-mail address. Looking at the pristine condition of the exterior white walls and the general lack of dirt inside, it is difficult to judge how much steam running goes on.

The shed is about five minutes’ walk from platform 1 at Rewari Junction station. A very prominent Northern Railway sign, easily visible from the incoming Delhi train leaves you in no doubt as to the way.

The shed has been transformed into a quite magnificent location, which would do credit to any railway, let alone one in India. The standard of housekeeping and order was significantly better than diesel and electric running and repair facilities I have been to on the ‘big railway’ in India.

There was a remarkable lack of any of the heavy equipment that you would expect for major steam locomotive repairs. Just benches and hand tools, along with a machine hacksaw. There may have been more equipment in the locked rooms along the side of the shed. Abundant spare parts, particularly motion parts everywhere. Also boiler tubes and superheater flues.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, although they disappeared after showing me over the two restored coaches – it was extremely hot at 45 degrees C ish.

It was alleged by my guide that all the locomotives were steamable. Difficult to verify but all the engines on the list below, except 3724, were coaled, appeared to have recently had oil applied to lubrication points (and the floor underneath) and have evidence of ash and clinker in the ash pan. We know that 7161 and 15005 were used on the Winter steam express but I have no knowledge of more recent running. The general condition of the locos was what you would have expected. Much of the light plate work showed signs of corrosion and patching of perforated areas. Plenty of superficial damage, much of it painted over. So probably in place for some time.

Locomotives present were:

Number Class Name Status
2151 YP Rewari King Repair – smokebox front removed
3415 YG Sahib Coaled- assumed operable
3438 YG Sultan Coaled- assumed operable
4252 YG Sindh Coaled- assumed operable
3634 XE Angadh Coaled- assumed operable
7161 WP Akbar Coaled (about knee deep on the footplate) and assumed operable
7200 WP Azad Repair – smokebox door removed
15005 WL Shere-E-Punjab Coaled and outside shed-assumed serviceable
22907 AWE Virat Coaled and outside shed-assumed serviceable
3724 YG - Derelict. Loco de- wheeled and missing major parts. Smokebox and front tubeplate missing

Welcoming sign and view from the south on arrival:

Shed Roster and Loco Foreman's Office:

Metre gauge YG 3438 minus the traditional deflectors - most often removed when a loco was restricted to shunting duties:

The active metre gauge roster YGs 3438, 4252, 3415 and YP 2151:

What must be the largest locomotive here, XE3634, it had a spell being owned and operated by the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board, in its plant at Kobra, before being donated to the National Railway Museum, before being brought here:

WL 15005, which had the honour of being the last operable 'working' broad gauge steam locomotive in India:

AWE 22907 also spent time at the National Railway Museum in New Delhi:

WP 7200, the first of the class delivered (despite the number), among the Baldwin built prototypes:

WP 7161with its iconic bullet nose is at the north end of the broad gauge side of the shed.

Rob Dickinson