When India’s first passenger train traveled from Bombay to Thane

Today marks the 168th anniversary of Indian Railways. On April 16, 1853, India along with Asia received its first passenger train and the rest is history.

The first passenger train ran between Bori Bunder (Bombay) and Thane, a distance of 34 km. It consisted of fourteen cars and was powered by three steam locomotives, named Sahib, Sultan and Sindh. It was reported at 3.35pm carrying 400 passengers.

Today, the Indian Railway is the fourth largest rail network in the world, with 13,169 trains per day.

India and Asia’s first passenger train ran on April 16, 1853. | Photo: Twitter/@AkashvaniAIR

With 14 cars and 13 locomotives, the first passenger train covered a distance of 34 km on April 16, 1853.

With 14 cars and 13 locomotives, the first passenger train covered a distance of 34 km on April 16, 1853. | Photo: Twitter/@AkashvaniAIR

The first passenger train ran between Bori Bunder (Bombay) and Thane on April 16, 1853.

The first passenger train ran between Bori Bunder (Bombay) and Thane on April 16, 1853. | Photo: Twitter/@HardeepSPuri

India's first passenger train was launched on April 16, 1853 at 3:35 p.m. and carried 400 passengers.

India’s first passenger train was launched on April 16, 1853 at 3:35 p.m. and carried 400 passengers. | Photo: Twitter/@dayakamPR

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Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021, 10:32 a.m. IST

Jose P. Rogers