Steam Locomotives That Had Puffed Across India Once – 5 PCs


taj express

Taj Express, Delhi to Agra

steam locomotive basin bridge madras

Steam locomotive at Basin Bridge shed Madras (Chennai)

baldwin steam locomotive gwalior

Baldwin Mikado steam locomotive

ajmer western railway

Steam locomotive driven passenger train departs Ajmer

Five old postcards show various steam locomotives that had once huffed and puffed across India. The “Madras” Steam Locomotive postcard is from 1920, the rest of the postcards are from the later years. The Madras steam locomotive operated under the Madras And Southern Mahratta Railway. With its headquarters in Madras, now Chennai, during the British Raj.

The 2nd image is of the Taj Express passing Nizamuddin Station in Delhi in this 1974 photo. It ran from Delhi to Agra at the time, today it is pulled by an electric locomotive and extended up to Gwalior Junction. The 3rd image is of the steam loco built by the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, West Bengal. Viewed at the Basin Bridge shed in Madras in 1979.

The 4th picture is of the American Baldwin built Mikado a 2-foot gauge steam locomotive. Departs Gwalior on the Central Railway Division with a passenger train in the 1970s. The 5th is that of a YP Class 4-6-2 Pacific, which departs Ajmer on the Western Railway in 1979. Note the wind gauge on the dome of the loco. These pictures of the steam locomotives that had puffed across India deifinitely awaken memories for old-timers.

Did you know – that theMadras And Southern Mahratta Railway” merged with the “Southern Railway” in 1951. 

Past posts – M F Hussain Painting – Air India Advertising Postcard 1960., Matheran British Era Hill Station, 2 Old Photos 1900., Watson’s Hotel Bombay – Old Postcard 1907., Indian National Congress Bombay or Mumbai – Old Print 1905.

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