Mumbai: Western Railways kicks off celebration of 164 years journey in style at Bandra

Updated: Feb 12, 2019, 20:25 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

To commemorate 164 years glorious of its existence, the Western Railway will exhibit a journey through rare photographs, models, at Heritage Bandra station

Rare photographs and models are on display from the bygone era of the Western Railway. All Pictures/Twitter Western Railway
Rare photographs and models are on display from the bygone era of the Western Railway. All Pictures/Twitter Western Railway

The Western Railway will be holding an exhibiting that will display rare photographs and models to commemorate the glorious journey since its incorporation from 1855. The exhibition will be held at the Heritage Bandra station (local bldg) from February 12 to February 14, from 10 am to 7 pm.

Western Railway took to Twitter to announce the good news. The Western Railway tweeted:

The Western Railway completed 164 years of existence today and to celebrate the glorious journey, the Western Railway is organising an exhibition at the iconic Bandra station. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ashesh Agrawal, Principal Chief Mechanical Engg. The exhibition brought about the nostalgia and romance of bygone era of Western Railway, earlier called Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway (BB&CI).

WR Exhibition

Here are few inside pictures from the exhibition:

Ashesh Agrawal
Ashesh Agrawal, Principal Chief Mechanical Engg inaugurating the exhibition at Bandra station today.

Phone
A rare phone booth from the bygone era on display at Bandra station commemorating 164 glorious years of its existence.

As part of the Heritage event that marked the 164 glorious years of Western Railway, a Heritage Walk was also organised at Bandra railway station that saw school students, volunteers, and citizens taking part in it. Here's the video of the heritage walk:

The Western Railway came into existence on November 5, 1951, when it was merged with the erstwhile Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI). At that time the BB&CI was also merged with other State Railways such as Saurashtra, Rajputana, and Jaipur. The BB&CI Railway was started in 1855 with the construction of a 29-mile broad gauge track from Ankleshwar to Utran in Gujarat state on the West Coast. But it was only after 9 years, in 1864 that the Western Railway was extended up to Mumbai.

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