Byculla Station Waiting For The First Train 1853, Old Print
An 1854 newspaper clipping of people waiting at Byculla station for the first train to arrive from Bombay to Thana. The first train was from Bori Bunder station to Thana in 1854. And what you see is the important people that were invited waiting to board the train’s first halt at Byculla station. Byculla station was one of the many that were newly created for this occasion.
Before the Victoria Terminus, now the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus there was a small station named Bori Bunder station. It was here cotton bales were first transported from the deep interiors of India for export. Cotton was indeed the first stimulus that made Mumbai a financial power. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- the next day Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, Bombay’s the great Parsi merchant and philanthropist reserved the whole train, and travelled from Bombay to Thana and back. Along with some of the members of his family.