Mumbai’s lifeline goes back 150 years

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 30 November 2013 | 22.23

On November 29, 1864, the first Bombay Baroda and Central India (BB&CI) train, headed to Utran in Gujarat, chugged out of Grand Road station. According to a Times of India article marking the occasion, a bottle of wine was broken on the engine and the crowd gave a "feeble cheer", which was instantly drowned out by the "whistle and pant of the iron-horse as he snorted for his race". In 1951, the BB&CI merged with other lines like the Saurashtra and Rajputana Railways to form the Western Railway.

An exhibition at Churchgate station, commemorating the WR's 150th year, showcased grainy black-andwhite images of trains chugging between Churchgate and Colaba station (the line closed down in 1930), Jawaharlal Nehru alighting from a WR train and BB&CI officials in suits and sola topis conducting a railway inspection from an open wagon. There were also miniature models of steam engines and drawings of double-decker coaches and narrow gauge trains hauled by bullocks dating back to 1862.

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