Rare Photo of India’s First Train, From Bombay To Thana 1853

India's First Train In 1853, From Bombay To Thana, 1900 Photo

Possibly one of the rarest of photos, India’s first railway train from Bombay to Thana in 1853. It is rubber-stamped “Government of India” on the reverse. The photo shows India’s first railway train passing over the original Thana Bridge. The formal inauguration ceremony was performed in April 1853. When 14 railway carriages carrying about 400 guests left Bori Bunder at 3.30 pm.

Amidst the loud applause of a vast multitude and to the salute of 21 guns. The group reached Thana at about 4-45 pm where refreshments were served. The first locomotive in action gave the native population a cultural shock. It gave rise to strange ideas and strange rumours. They were confident that the monster would soon spread its ill effects on society. Bori Bunder, where the journey began, is India’s grandest railway station Victoria Terminus, now officially known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Did you know – in November 1852, the railway company’s directors with some other guests travelled in the first train from Bombay to Thana covering the distance of 21 miles (34 km). 

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