16 April 2016
163 YEARS OF INDIAN RAILWAYS
16 FACTS OF INDIA’S FIRST RAILWAY- 16 APRIL 2016- Rajendra B. Aklekar
India’s first passenger train with three Vulcan-built steam locomotives & 14 wooden rail cars ran between the 21 mile (34km) distance of Boree Bunder (today called Mumbai CST) & Thana (today called Thane) on Saturday, April 16, 1853 at 3:35pm. The journey completes 163 years today on April 16, 2016, also a Saturday.
Here are 16 fascinating points about it from my book Halt Station India.
11 April 2016
Sigh! A relic along Indian Railways' first railway line goes down. Old stone cabin Kurla station on platform 1 demolished to make way for a public utility. Not that it was a part of the actual first line, but definitely along the original route of the G.I.P Railway, the country's first railway company and belonging to that era, a cute little stone structure. The first black/white pic in the collage is a shot of the same cabin as featured in the 1974 Hindi film '27 Down' directed by Awtaar Krishna Kaul.