Long history of Indian Railways reported through pictures.

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When India's first commercial passenger train was taken out of Bori Bandar station in Bombay in 1853, it used to travel only 34 kilometers in an hour and one and a half hours. Less than 50 years later, there were 41,000 km railway lines across the country, which were administered by 33 different railway companies, out of which only four were operated by the state.

Long history of Indian Railways reported through pictures.
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A passenger train from Bombay to Tanna in 1855.


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Bayer, Peacock & Company. Madras Railway (India)


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The government started merger of private and public companies working in rail transport only after independence. By 1905, the Public Works Department nominated other companies, i.e. principals and private companies. After this, a separate railway board was built.

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Journey to a Burning Forest, 1882


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Bhore Ghat Railway, 1890

But in 1921, realizing the possible disturbances of several railway companies working together in the government's budget, the Oakworth Committee recommended that the finance of the Railways be separated from the government budget.


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The railway said, should be responsible for its own profits and losses, and to emphasize this, the Railway Budget will be presented by the Member of Parliament in charge of the Railways, not the Finance Minister.

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In 1925, the government introduced India's first rail budget in the assembly.


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Himalayan Railway Train, 1891


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Advertising for Great Indian Peninsular Railway for Poona Race


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Third Class Travelers, 1896


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And as the suburban railway of Mumbai hopes that the central government will be pleased with them in the budget - reducing the dangerous gap between overhead bridge, functional toilets and platforms and trains - these images, train enthusiasts and journalists gathered by Rajendra Aklekar Collection of pictures of railway, depicting trains of Mumbai

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Suffia Khan

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece og Indian History ..they were building our future...Proud to be an Indian ... Good job author

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Donatello

So sad that even after such a long history of railways in India. the Indian govt still fails to connect railways system in some parts of Northeast states of India. Rather than asking for votes and making false promises

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Robby the robot

Rare pics brother.... good job...

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