When India's first commercial passenger train was taken out of Bori Bandar station in Bombay in 1853, it used to travel only 34 kilometers in an hour and one and a half hours. Less than 50 years later, there were 41,000 km railway lines across the country, which were administered by 33 different railway companies, out of which only four were operated by the state.
A passenger train from Bombay to Tanna in 1855.
Bayer, Peacock & Company. Madras Railway (India)
The government started merger of private and public companies working in rail transport only after independence. By 1905, the Public Works Department nominated other companies, i.e. principals and private companies. After this, a separate railway board was built.
Journey to a Burning Forest, 1882
Bhore Ghat Railway, 1890
But in 1921, realizing the possible disturbances of several railway companies working together in the government's budget, the Oakworth Committee recommended that the finance of the Railways be separated from the government budget.
The railway said, should be responsible for its own profits and losses, and to emphasize this, the Railway Budget will be presented by the Member of Parliament in charge of the Railways, not the Finance Minister.
In 1925, the government introduced India's first rail budget in the assembly.
Himalayan Railway Train, 1891
Advertising for Great Indian Peninsular Railway for Poona Race
Third Class Travelers, 1896
And as the suburban railway of Mumbai hopes that the central government will be pleased with them in the budget - reducing the dangerous gap between overhead bridge, functional toilets and platforms and trains - these images, train enthusiasts and journalists gathered by Rajendra Aklekar Collection of pictures of railway, depicting trains of Mumbai
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