Bombay-Poona Mail & Bombay Suburban Train – 2 PCs 1910
Two 1910 postcards showing the Bombay-Poona Mail and Bombay Suburban Train. Pulled by steam locomotives, both the trains operated under the GIPR or the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. The British-era GIPR integrated with the Western Railway in 1953. The Poona Mail first started service from the Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) in 1863.
It carried mail between the two cities of Bombay and Poona. In 1905 it was converted into the personal train of the Prince and Princess of Wales on their tour of India. Along with the Deccan Queen, it was an intercity train between Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and Pune (formerly Poona). Although the famous Deccan Queen commenced service only in 1930.
The Bombay-Poona Mail is now probably called the Intercity Express. The Steam locomotives were replaced at one point in time with electric locomotives. The Bombay Suburban Trains are colloquially called local trains or locals. The first train that ran between Bori Bunder to Thana in 1853 was probably the first Bombay suburban train. The first train was run by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the Bori Bunder station is now the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Subsequently, the suburban service spread all over the city in its later years. It too was electrified at a later period of time.
Did you know – spread over 390 km, the suburban railway operates 2,342 train services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily. Today, the Mumbai Suburban Railway is one of the busiest rail systems in the world.
Past posts – Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Shivaji” Oleograph Print., Delhi Durbar 1877, Queen Victoria Empress of India., Parvati Hill Pune – Old Postcard 1910., Mumbai Apollo Bunder & Harbour – Old Print 1880.