Bombay Suburban Railway Train, Old Postcard 1900
An old 1900 photo postcard of a suburban railway train in Bombay, now Mumbai. A steam locomotive-driven train leaves a station, not sure which station it is. But the Churchgate Station building and Rajabai Clock Tower are visible at the back. So it is probably Churchgate Station or Back Bay Station.
Also known as Mumbai local train or simply locals, mostly colloquially. As we know the first train in India ran from Bori Bunder (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) to Thana in 1853 on an experimental basis. Its huge success spurred the creation of more routes. Thus began the next important local train from Churchgate and Virar route in 1867.
This was probably the first suburban train in Bombay. Which was then under the Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railway (BB&CI). Colaba was also added to this route but the station would later close down for good. The BB&CI would eventually integrate into the Western Railway after independence. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know – the Bombay Suburban Railway network is the busiest in the world and the oldest in Asia.