Burn & Company came into existence
in 1781 at Howrah, WB.
Burn & Co which had the experience of building many an
important structures in Calcutta like St. Andrew's
Church in 1818, the 152 high Ochterlony Monument (now
known as Shahid Minar) in 1828, its Construction
business was taken over by Sir Rajen Mukherjee's Company
Martin & Co ( founded in 1890, which has to its credit
of building waterworks at Palta, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and
Benares. But its major contribution are architectural
marvels like Esplanade Mansion near Raj Bhavan/Great
Eastern Hostel, Standard Chartered Building, South
Eastern Railway Headquarters in Garden Reach, Tipu
Sultan Mosque, the Victoria Memorial).
In 1927 and the two together went on dotting the city
with buildings like St. Xaviers' College, Oriental
Seminary, Belur Math, the headquarters of the
Ramakrishna Mission, Darbhanga House - the Calcutta
residence of Darbhanga Raj, Assembly House, Grand Hotel
Arcade, United Bank Building, New Secretariat Building,
Club House at Eden Gardens.
The ever increasing traffic movement between the twin
cities of Calcutta (now Kolkata) & Howrah demanded a
wider and stronger bridge in replacement of the then
existing pontoon bridge. The authorities accordingly
decided on building a cantilever bridge across the river
Hooghly. The job called for greater expertise. So the
three engineering giants - Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop -
came together with their vast experiences and floated a
new company and constructed today's iconic Howrah
The Martin Burn company even operated a rail line from
Dum Dum to Baguiati till it closed down in 1955.
The city of Kolkata - is sometimes also referred to as
Martin Burn City for this reason.
The Burnpur works, earlier Indian Standard Wagon Ltd.,
Burnpur, - since its early days (from 1920) developed
excellence in manufacturing Railway wagons, forged
components, springs etc.
During the early days, Burn & Company undertook building
and contracting work. Subsequently in the 1950s of the
last century, it ventured into the field of Railway
Engineering, altogether new development in the country's
economy . With the rapid expansion of Railways, Burn &
Company started manufacturing Railway rolling stock at
Howrah to cater to the increasing demand.
In 1976 following nationalization Burn & Co. was
amalgamated with Indian Standard Wagon Company (founded
in 1918) and renamed as Burn Standard Co Ltd.
Burn Standard Company Ltd., is one of the oldest and a
leading wagon builder in India. The wagon building
activities are carried out at two Engineering Units at
Howrah and Burnpur situated in West Bengal, India.
Several thousands wagons covering all major designs have
been manufactured and supplied to Indian Railways and
other Industrial Customers.
Apart from supplies to Indian Railways, the Company also
manufactures and supplies special purpose wagons to
various core sectors like power, steel plants in India.
The Company has supplied special purpose wagons fitted
with Air Fluidising System for bulk movement and quick
unloading of Alumina powder to M/s. National Aluminium
Co. (NALCO). It has also supplied sophisticated Bottom
Discharge Wagons to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC),
New Delhi for their various plants in the country.