160 years ago, the place was Bombay (now known as Mumbai) and 3 steam engines Sahib, Sindh and Sultan were ready to run a 34 km journey from Bori Bunder (now known as CST) to Thane. On 16 April 1853, the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, operated the journey of 57 minutes which can be called as the birth of Indian Railways.
Indian Railways, covering the length and breadth of this vast land, is also the one of the largest rail networks of Asia. With the pressure of transporting approx 9 billion people, It is rightly said as “The Life Line of India”.
Google India today featured this historical 160th anniversary of India’s first passenger train journey in the form of Google Doodle on its homepage. However, we would also like to pay our tribute to contribution made by Robert Maitland Brereton, Great India Peninsula Railway and several zones, divisions & numerous dedicated Railway employees who work day & night in order to connect India as a one nation!