Romancing the railways

Print edition : May 01, 2015

Suburban train on Thane bridge. Dating back to 1854, it is India’s oldest rail bridge. Photo: Rajendra B. Aklekar

The 22-arch bridge under Bhandup railway station in Mumbai. Photo: Rajendra B. Aklekar

The 136-year-old Hancock Bridge. It is planned to be demolished soon. Photo: Rajendra B. Aklekar

The old port railway wagon near Sewri in eastern Mumbai. Photo: Rajendra B. Aklekar

The cannon at Masjid Bunder station, now worshipped as a Siva linga. Photo: Rajendra B. Aklekar

The brass bell at Jogeshwari station, which dates back to 1868. Photo: Rajendra B. Aklekar

Old switchback in Thane. Photo: Rajendra B. Aklekar

Reay Road station with GIPR markings. Photo: Rajendra B. Aklekar

Old track switches near Thane. Photo: Rajendar B. Aklekar

Kurla tracks with old GIPR markings. Photo: Rajendra B. Aklekar

Mombay Central station under construction in the 1930s. Photo: Courtesy: Western Railway Archives

Workers unloading a narrowgauge locomotive. Photo: Courtesy: Western.Railway Archives

The book puts the railways in the context of Mumbai’s growth and provides nuggets of information about the heritage of the Central Railway.
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