Tannah or Thane Viaduct GIPR – Old Print 1867
This is a rare page from the journal The Engineer dating to 11th October 1867. Measures 15 x 10 in. The Tannah (Thane) Viaduct or the Thane Bridge was the first railway bridge in India. Built under the Great Indian Peninsula Railway or GIPR. The first passenger train journey from Mumbai to Thane, ran over this bridge in 1853. See my post- Antique Print First Passenger Train From Bombay to Thane 1853.
Excerpts from this page- “The Great Indian Peninsula Railway is carried by the Tannah viaduct over the tidal-channel which separates the islands of Bombay and Salsette from the mainland and is situated about twenty-one miles from the Bombay Terminus. The current here is very rapid, and on that account, there was some difficulty in getting in the foundations for the piers of the girder
opening. The work had to be carried on at times during the night as well as in the daytime, the tides at night being often at the lowest during the spring tides….” See the scan for the full version. Read more- Tannah Viaduct. This 153 years old page is fragile and brittle.
Did you know- B.B & C.I and the G.I.P.R were two different Railway companies under British India.
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