India Baroda Bullock Driven Tram & FDC – Old Print

This 15 x 11 inches page is from the Illustrated London News (newspaper) of May 23, 1863.  I also have the 1987 commemorative FDC (First Day Cover) issue in my collection of this Baroda Tramway scene, see images.

Maharaja Gaekwar, Gaekwad, or Guicowar, as the British called him, were dynastic rulers of Baroda. Better known as Gaekwad Royalty today. The princely state of Baroda was one of the wealthiest in the British India era. The Maharaja constructed a tramway or minor Railway for the people of his princely state.

The tramway was bullock-driven as there were no electric trams at the time. And horses were not used because of lesser pulling power than bullocks, I suppose. Read the interesting article titled “The First Indian Tramway. Made By A Prince.” See separate scan to read the entire article.

The top side picture in the newspaper page is about a Sultan’s return from Egypt. See my posts on- Vintage Postcard The Gaekwad’s Bungalow Bombay,  and  Vintage Postcard Bombay A Prince On Elephant.

Did you know- in 1908 the Maharaja Gaekwad was the sixth richest man in the world. The Time magazine had even stated about the Maharaja wealth. 

From the collection- Vintage Photo Bombay Horse-Drawn Tram.,  Antique Print Ruins At Fatehpur Sikri.,  Vintage Photo Madras Mount Road Electric Tram.,   Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph of c1894

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.