Steam Locos Once The Charm of Indian Railways – 5 Photos 1980s

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Five photos from the 1980s showing steam locos once the charm of the Indian Railways. India’s first train puffed and thundered its way along the 21-mile stretch from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Thane in 1853. Since then Indian Railways captivated its millions of admirers. India was then the jewel of the British Empire.

It facilitated the vast export of raw materials. The network made it easier to move troops around the country quite rapidly. It was rather a means for the British colonial powers to govern the huge country. By building India’s railways the British radically changed the course of the nation. It hastened the creation of the modern Indian state.

The people quickly took to the railways, as the trains allowed them to travel easily. Shown here are five photos of the steam locos that were once in use under India’s Railways. Steam locomotives were phased out from around the country beginning in the early 1990s or earlier. Except for the likes of the Nilgiri’s Mountain Railway, Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, etc. These charming locos were either from the Western, Eastern, South Eastern, and Central Railways.

Did you know – the first train consisting of 38 passenger carriages ran in England in 1825. 

Past posts – Rural Life In India Watercolour Painting By N. Mukherjee., Hiding The Taj Mahal In World War II, Old Photo 1942., Dhondy Road Deolali – Old Postcard 1900., Construction Of The Mullaperiyar Dam Kerala, 1892 Print.

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

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