Indian Railways turns 162 today

By vv  www.hindustantimes.com

Today, as one of the world’s largest railway networks is turning 162-years-old, people associated with the department can’t help but feel overwhelmed.

The first train of the Indian Railways was introduced from Mumbai to Thane on April 16, 1853.

The Railways has undergone massive changes since then, and so has the train station in Ludhiana.

“Indian Railways moved a long way ahead from the tiny speck of 34 miles in western India in April 1853 to its present 64,000 route kilometers and transports nearly 2.3 crore people daily and over a billon tones of freight annually,” says divisional traffic manager (DTM) SP Singh Bhatia, who is fond of collecting historical information about his favourite subject, Indian trains.

“The Railways with its rich heritage and a glorious past need to be showcased to the younger generation,” he added.

Bhatia says Punjab’s connection with the department ais as old as the department itself. The first train in the state ran in 1863 from Lahore to Amritsar. The Ludhiana railway station came into existence when this line was extended up to Delhi via Saharanpur in 1870.

“During this period mega railway bridges over Beas river between Amritsar, Jalandhar and over Satluj  near Phillaur were constructed in 1869 and 1870 respectively.  It is very interesting to point out that most branch of railway lines in Punjab were constructed between 1912 and 1929. Ludhiana was linked with Firozepur onwards Fazilka, Mcloedganj in 1905 by Southern Punjab Railway company,” he says. More info

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