150 Years of Railways in India
Railways have been a great integrating force in India since long.
After the independence of india in 1947, It has brought together
people from the farthest corners of the country. It has bound the
economic life of the country and helped in accelerating the development
of industry and agriculture. Railway had made possible the conduct
of business education, pilgrimage and tourism.
The history of Railways in India began on 16th April 1853. when
the first train started from Boribunder to Thane by help of steam
engine, covering a distance of 34 kilometers only. but then after
the Indian Railways had not looked behind & now indian railway
grown into a large network of 7,000 stations spread over a route
length of nearly 63,000 kms. Today it is one of the largest organizations
in the world, employing a 16 lakh people.
Now a days, Indian railway is main route of transport for people
& Goods. Each day about 7500 passenger trains carry more than
11 million passengers in different parts of the country
The Railway network runs multi gauge operations (Broad gauge, meter
gauge & narrow gauge).The network is divided
into nine zones. Seven new zones and nine new divisions are further
being set up.
On remembering a sweet memories of first 34 Kms. run of our beloved
rail after 150 years, means 150'" anniversary of India's first
train journey which falls in 2003,this commemorative stamp &
miniature sheet was released by Indian postal Dpt.
This stamp shows painting of the Indian landscape of 1853, with
the first train running in the distance on its 1st journey to Thane
on the l6'" of April.
Design of the first day cancellation mark shows a station master's
watch displaying the time when the train commenced its historical
journey from Bombay (Boribunder).