Jamalpur (JMP): Eastern Railway’s (ER) Jamalpur Workshop has enjoyed the distinction of being the largest and the oldest locomotive repair workshop with the most diversified manufacturing activities in Indian Railways.
The workshop has a number of firsts to its credit, the first to manufacture a steam locomotive and a locomotive boiler, 216 of which were manufactured between 1899 and 1923; the first to have set up a rolling mill, not only on the railways but probably in the country, in 1879; the first to establish a railway foundry in the year 1863; the first to manufacture a rail crane in the country with indigenous know-how in 1961; first to manufacture high capacity synchronized electrically operated lifting jacks popularly known as “Jamalpur Jacks” in 1962 and ticket printing, ticket chopping, ticket slitting and ticket counting machines; this is the only workshop in Indian Railways that was having an in-house captive power plant of 5 MVA.
Considering national and global standards, the workshop obtained its ISO 9001:2000 certification on May 28 2003 which got subsequently upgraded to ISO 9001-2008 during 2010-11. Thus, now this workshop has become at par with any other heavy engineering industry in the country dealing with Rolling stock manufacture and POH. During the last financial year ER’s Jamalpur Workshop has achieved best ever outturn of Periodical Overhauling (POH) of Wagons which reached to the number as high as 5221. The Loco POH outturn has also reached to 81 against target number of 78 during 2014-15. Besides, 153 numbers of Jamalpur Jacks were also manufactured surpassing the target of 150 during the last financial year.