28 March 2009

Oldest tracks found near Thane

In a rare find, the Central Railway has unearthed some of the oldest rail tracks of “bull head” type that had been buried under debris since more than a century at the country’s oldest station Thane. India’s first train had ran between Mumbai and Thane station on April 16, 1853.

The “bull-head” type of tracks were used by the railways in the late 19th century and early part of the 20th century and subsequently discontinued for use of flat-footed rails that are used till today. The tracks were found by a local contractor during work of building a water drain parallel to the Thane yard in the south side of the railway station.

-Rajendra B. Aklekar

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