Bombay To Thana, The First Train That Ran In India, 1853 Print

Bombay To Thana, The First Train That Ran In India, 1853 Print

Bombay To Thana, The First Train That Ran In India, 1853 Print

Bombay To Thana, The First Train That Ran In India, 1853 Print

An 1853 print of The First Train that ran in India, from Bombay to Thana. This is a page from The Illustrated London News (newspaper) of 4th June 1853. That gives a firsthand account of the first train that ran in India. It was from Bori Bunder Station to Thane on April 16, 1853.

Some excerpts- “The inauguration on the 16th of April was altogether a most interesting scene. By half-past three o’clock, the majority of the company had taken their seats on the trainThe state carriage was occupied by Sir William and Lady Yardley, Sir CharlesAt half-past three o’clock,  a Royal salute was fired from the Ramparts of Fort George.

Immediately after the well-filled train, consisting of fourteen first, second, and third-class carriages. Drawn by three locomotive engines, and containing in all, it was said, above five hundred persons, started for the terminus at Bori Bunder. Tens of thousands of persons surrounded the spot; and, as the moving mass swept along the way.

Still, there were tens of thousands looking onFinally when the train passed the more densely populated parts, still the surrounding fields were studded with spectatorsThe train stopped at Sion, going out to allow the engines to be watered. At no time was the speed above thirty-five miles an hour, and generally, it was much under that.

On the train approaching Tannah, the crowds lined the sides thickly for more than a mile and were kept in order by the Ghat police. The time taken to reach Tannah (twenty-four miles), including the stoppage at Sion, was fifty-five minutes.  The return trip occupied only forty. Arrived at Tannah, the party found, under an immense tent, at once a cool retreat and a splendid Tiffin.  Major Swanson, the senior Director present, took the chair; supported by the Hon. Sir William Yardley...And a distinguished company, comprising the elite of Bombay.

Read more about- 34 km journey that changed history

Did you know- Contrary to popular belief, the first train to run in India was goods train from Red Hills to Chintadripet (Madras Presidency) in 1837. Sir Arthur Cotton was credited with this railway project, it was mainly used for transporting granite. 

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