Happy Birthday wishes to Indian Railways! April 16 is a very special day for Indian Railways as today, exactly 166 years ago, the very first passenger train ran from Bori Bunder (now Mumbai’s CSMT or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) to Thane in Maharashtra.
According to a tweet shared Ministry of Railways, on 16 April 1853, the 14-carriage train which was hauled by three engines namely, Sahib, Sindh, and Sultan, started from Mumbai’s CSMT with as many as 400 passengers. It is interesting to note that the passenger train was flagged off with a 21-gun salute.
Since then, the national public transporter, which is also one of the largest employers of the world, has been serving the country by carrying more than 2.3 crore railway passengers across all zones per day.
Even though trains started running much before the year 1853 in India, this was the first time that a passenger train ran on the tracks of the Indian Railways network. Read More
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