Flashback: Today in 1853 India's first train ran between Bori Bunder and Thane
Asia's first railway train chugged out from Bori Bunder and reached faraway Tannah (today's Thane) on April 16, 1853. To celebrate this historic ride that shaped the future of Indian Railways, We set out on the rewind track on the day of the 162nd anniversary of the first passenger train ride
Heritage wing at CST
To revisit the history of Indian Railways, visit the Heritage Wing located inside Central Railway headquarters at CST. The archive houses miniature models as well as memorabilia such as gadgets used in the trains of yesteryear. The visit also includes a tour inside the heritage structure.
Cost: Rs 200, Rs 100 for students
Open: 3 pm to 5 pm, Saturdays and
>> It’s not just our current politicians and bureaucrats who do this, but the first proposal for the railways was submitted in 1840, but by 1844, it was mooted. Most senior officials either vehemently opposed to the plan or just delayed discussing the subject.
>> The Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR) Company was formed in Bombay in 1846 and they built their railway terminus in Bori Bunder in 1850.
>> The steam carriages were referred to as ‘ag gadi’ (because of their fiery appearance — thanks, to the steam from the engine).
>> Unlike the CST building, which was completed in May 1888, Bori Bunder station was located behind today’s Dhobi Ghat and was just a make-shift wooden structure.
>> The first train left Bori Bunder at 3.30 pm and took one hour and 15 minutes to cover approximately 21 miles to Thane.
>> The then Governor Lord John Elphinstone flagged off India's first ever rail journey while His Excellency's band played in one of its carriages and that day was declared a holiday. Eminent citizens like Sir Jamserjee Jeejeebhoy were on that train.