150 Glorious years of railways and no one knows about it

  • Mumbai local

    150 years ago, on 12th April 1867, Mumbai’s Western Railways made their debut appearance and ran from Virar to Bombay Back Bay, a station between the à la mode stations of Churchgate and Marine Lines.

    From the reclamation of Bombay to its rechristening to Mumbai, Mumbai Railways have become the linchpin on which the entire economy revolves, heralding a huge empire that had such humble beginnings.

    A lot happened over these 150 years, from Bombay, it became Mumbai, and from pies and annas, we moved on to rupiah. Let’s have a look at some interesting facts about the Western Railways.

    From 4 coaches, we have moved to a dozen of them now.

    150 years of Western Railway (1)

    Did you know that Virar was called Viraur earlier? Here are a few more

    150 years of Western Railway (2)

    Earlier, there was third-class in addition to the first and second class that we have now.

    150 years of Western Railway (3)

    Those were the days...

    150 years of Western Railway (4)

    Today, there are more than 35 lakh commuters on the Western Railway daily

    150 years of Western Railway (5)

    Author: Winnie Karnik