About Burn Standard

Historical Perspective


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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 Bridge.

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.



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