Mumbai Suburban Railway Electrification – Old Print 1926
This old double-paged 1926 print is from the Railway Review journal, titled Mumbai Suburban Line Electrifies. Dates to 10th July 1926. It declares work on the suburban track electrification is proceeding rapidly. Railways in the British era India were classified under the GIPR and B.B & C.I.R. After independence these came under the Central and Western Railways respectively. Electrification was being undertaken at the time to replace steam locomotives with electric locomotives in some suburban routes.
Excerpts “The electrification of the Bombay suburban tracks of the Great Indian Peninsular Ry., now proceeding rapidly, marks the opening of a new era in the railroad history of India. Electric traction was introduced first into India on a section of track 16 km long, leading northwards from Victoria Terminus to Kurla, on February 3rd, 1925. Since they opened this pioneer electric system, the Great Indian Peninsula Railway has pushed ahead with important extension works. Electric train service now introduced, linking the company’s Victoria Terminus, with the mainline tracks of the BB & CI Railway. This is at Bandra on the latter road’s trunk route to the north…” Click on the photo for better view.
See my post Mumbai Railway Suburban Services – Old Print 1955. Also read- Mumbai Suburban Railway.
Did you know- today the Bombay suburban service has an expanse of over 465 km, operating 2,342 train services with 7.5 million commuters daily.
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