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25 Rare Pics From Indian Railways History That You'll Love To See

India | Getty Images | April 20, 2019, 1:30 pm
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 April 16, 2019, marks the 166th anniversary of India's first passenger train journey in which 400 invited passengers traveled in 14 carriages on a 57-minute journey from Bori Bunder in Bombay (now Mumbai) to Thane. Since that first journey in 1853, railways have become one of the most important modes of transportation in the country. Here's a look back at the early days of Indian railways in a series of photographs from the 19th century. <br /> <br />A train carrying livestock passes Rohtas Fort, India. The area is now part of Pakistan. (Image: Getty Images)

April 16, 2019, marks the 166th anniversary of India's first passenger train journey in which 400 invited passengers traveled in 14 carriages on a 57-minute journey from Bori Bunder in Bombay (now Mumbai) to Thane. Since that first journey in 1853, railways have become one of the most important modes of transportation in the country. Here's a look back at the early days of Indian railways in a series of photographs from the 19th century.

A train carrying livestock passes Rohtas Fort, India. The area is now part of Pakistan. (Image: Getty Images)

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 A single loop in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. (Image: Getty Images)

A single loop in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Two storied, third-class carriage on the Bombay, Baroda and Central India railway. (Image: Getty Images)

Two storied, third-class carriage on the Bombay, Baroda and Central India railway. (Image: Getty Images)

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 An Indian station near Calcutta (now Kolkata).

An Indian station near Calcutta (now Kolkata).

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 A railway crash on a bridge in India. (Image: Getty Images)

A railway crash on a bridge in India. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Electric locomotive type EF 1, number 4514. This broad gauge (5'6') locomotive ran on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. Most GIPR trains were hauled by steam traction at this time, although some of the busier lines were electrified in the 1920s and 1930s. (Image: Getty Images)

Electric locomotive type EF 1, number 4514. This broad gauge (5'6') locomotive ran on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. Most GIPR trains were hauled by steam traction at this time, although some of the busier lines were electrified in the 1920s and 1930s. (Image: Getty Images)

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 A railway reversing station on the Bhore Ghat Incline, near the town of Poona or Pune in Maharashtra on the edge of the Western Ghats. Pune is the junction point for two railways from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Madras (now Chennai). (Image: Getty Images)

A railway reversing station on the Bhore Ghat Incline, near the town of Poona or Pune in Maharashtra on the edge of the Western Ghats. Pune is the junction point for two railways from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Madras (now Chennai). (Image: Getty Images)

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 Works photograph of Madras Railway '0-6-0' locomotive, 1858, Order No 245 Left hand side elevation with tender. (Image: Getty Images)

Works photograph of Madras Railway '0-6-0' locomotive, 1858, Order No 245 Left hand side elevation with tender. (Image: Getty Images)

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 A railway reversing station on the Bhore Ghat Incline, near the town of Poona or Pune in Maharashtra on the edge of the Western Ghats. (Image: Getty Images)

A railway reversing station on the Bhore Ghat Incline, near the town of Poona or Pune in Maharashtra on the edge of the Western Ghats. (Image: Getty Images)

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 A view of the Scinde Delhi and Punjab Railway, a few miles from Lahore, looking towards Meean Mir on the plains of Punjab in Northern India (modern day Pakistan). (Image: Getty Images)

A view of the Scinde Delhi and Punjab Railway, a few miles from Lahore, looking towards Meean Mir on the plains of Punjab in Northern India (modern day Pakistan). (Image: Getty Images)

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 A train derailment during track-laying in India. (Image: Getty Images)

A train derailment during track-laying in India. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Passengers waiting on the platform at Hyderabad Station in India. (Image: Getty Images)

Passengers waiting on the platform at Hyderabad Station in India. (Image: Getty Images)

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 A view of Victoria Station, Mumbai (Bombay). Built-in 1888 to a design by Frederick William Stevens, it is now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. (Image: Getty Images)

A view of Victoria Station, Mumbai (Bombay). Built-in 1888 to a design by Frederick William Stevens, it is now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Mumbai-Pune Mail (started as Bombay-Poona Mail) was a luxurious train on the Mumbai-Pune section by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. (Image: Getty Images)

Mumbai-Pune Mail (started as Bombay-Poona Mail) was a luxurious train on the Mumbai-Pune section by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. (Image: Getty Images)

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 D5 class 4-6-0 steam locomotive number 1525. This broad gauge (5'6') locomotive ran on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. Most GIPR trains were hauled by steam traction at this time, although some of the busier lines were electrified in the 1920s and 1930s. The GIPR was opened in 1853, from Bombay to Thane. It expanded quickly and by 1870 stretched all the way across India to Calcutta. (Image: Getty Images)

D5 class 4-6-0 steam locomotive number 1525. This broad gauge (5'6') locomotive ran on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. Most GIPR trains were hauled by steam traction at this time, although some of the busier lines were electrified in the 1920s and 1930s. The GIPR was opened in 1853, from Bombay to Thane. It expanded quickly and by 1870 stretched all the way across India to Calcutta. (Image: Getty Images)

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 A railway Tunnel under construction at Raja Hodi, India, 1883. (Image: Getty Images)

A railway Tunnel under construction at Raja Hodi, India, 1883. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Tourist carriage number 2568, on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. (Image: Getty Images)

Tourist carriage number 2568, on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Inside a Great Indian Peninsula Railway dining car, probably first class. At this time long-distance trains had dining cars, but some shorter journeys did not have dining facilities. Trains stopped at certain stations for passengers to visit refreshment rooms. The food served in the dining cars was British rather than Indian, as the British were in control of India at this time. (Image: Getty Images)

Inside a Great Indian Peninsula Railway dining car, probably first class. At this time long-distance trains had dining cars, but some shorter journeys did not have dining facilities. Trains stopped at certain stations for passengers to visit refreshment rooms. The food served in the dining cars was British rather than Indian, as the British were in control of India at this time. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Electric locomotive type EA 1, number 4000. This broad gauge (5'6') locomotive ran on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. (Image: Getty Images)

Electric locomotive type EA 1, number 4000. This broad gauge (5'6') locomotive ran on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Deccan Queen, India. Passenger train pulled by an electric locomotive number 4004. This train, on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, took passengers between Poona (Pune) and Bombay (Mumbai), a distance of 118 miles. The line was electrified in 1929 to provide a more efficient service. (Image: Getty Images)

Deccan Queen, India. Passenger train pulled by an electric locomotive number 4004. This train, on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, took passengers between Poona (Pune) and Bombay (Mumbai), a distance of 118 miles. The line was electrified in 1929 to provide a more efficient service. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Bookstall inside the new main line station building at Victoria Terminus, Bombay, (now Mumbai). (Image: Getty Images)

Bookstall inside the new main line station building at Victoria Terminus, Bombay, (now Mumbai). (Image: Getty Images)

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 British Governor of Bombay Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, cuts the ribbon on a railway bridge over the River Karjan, to open the Rajpipla railway, during his state visit to the Kingdom of Rajpipla, Gujarat. (Image: Getty Images)

British Governor of Bombay Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, cuts the ribbon on a railway bridge over the River Karjan, to open the Rajpipla railway, during his state visit to the Kingdom of Rajpipla, Gujarat. (Image: Getty Images)

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 The loop at Agony Point at Tindharia on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway', 1880s. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a narrow gauge line connecting Siliguri and Darjeeling. It was built between 1879 and 1881. (Image: Getty Images)

The loop at Agony Point at Tindharia on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway', 1880s. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a narrow gauge line connecting Siliguri and Darjeeling. It was built between 1879 and 1881. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Victoria Terminus, Bombay, India, late 19th century.(Image: Getty Images)

Victoria Terminus, Bombay, India, late 19th century.(Image: Getty Images)

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 Hand-coloured photograph of Indian workers building railway lines. (Image: Getty Images)

Hand-coloured photograph of Indian workers building railway lines. (Image: Getty Images)

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