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The Bengal Nagpur Railway Battalion was an auxiliary Infantry regiment under the British Indian Army
. It was a local civilian volunteer corps. The unit was a part of the Bengal Army
which was the military force of Bengal Presidency
. The Bengal Nagpur
Railway Battalion also served under the administrative control of the Bengal command. The regiment was formed on 15th June 1888 as the Bengal Nagpur Railway Volunteer Rifle Corps. The regiment included staff from the Bengal Nagpur Railway. The railway company initiated growth of the railways in eastern and central India.
Later, the military unit was merged with the Orissa
Volunteer Rifles on 18th November 1898. During the Kitchener reforms in 1903, the battalion was re-structured into a Corps of two battalions. On 1st April 1917, the Bengal Nagpur Railway Battalion was again renamed as the 36th Bengal Nagpur Railway Regiment. Eventually the British Indian army unit was re-designated as the Bengal Nagpur Railway Regiment on 1st October 1920. The uniform of the regiment included a Khaki formal dress. The army unit was finally renamed as the Bengal Nagpur Railway Battalion in the year 1933.
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