164 Years, Not a Small Journey for First Indian Railway Station - Heritage Thane

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At 164 years, the Thane railway station is unarguably one of the historic landmarks not only for the city, but a pride for the country, as it played host to the India's first train service that chugged out from Bori Bunder (now CSMT) on April 16, 1853 at 3:35 pm.

The first passenger train of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway covered the 33km distance up to Tannah, now Thane, in around 57 minutes. The 400 commuters who travelled in were greeted with a thunderous applause as it was no small a feat to build that run the first railways on the tracks that not only split the city into two parts (east and west) but also paved way for a vital link between Mumbai and the entire country in the following years.

Historians say the first station with basic facilities like a platform was probably constructed towards the Koliwada part. The initial runs of the train were mostly for VIPs and later on for traders from Mumbai who used to frequent Ghodbunder port, which was then a booming business hub. The station assumed importance as it was the only major town after Mumbai and was the one point connect for Mumbai and the entire state.

IRCTC App, Railways App, IRCTC Seat Availability, Indian Rail, Indian Railways PNR Status, Indian Railway, Rail InfoA subsequent increase in population and traffic from this area soon forced the British to expand the station, parts of which are still prevalent at the existing site, a fact corroborated by few photographs available with historians. A stone-cabin near Kopri which was probably used as a watchtower for approaching trains also lies in ruins today. "IN the olden days, there used to be a person stationed at the tower which is located at a curve to relay signals to trains coming from either directions. Slowly hitech signals phased out the earlier system rendering the structure useless," says Tetwilkar.

The remains of an old pair of rail lines were till recently visible along the slow tracks but have apparently been moved away with the new expansion plans of the network. Another pair of lines towards Mithbandar were also visible till last few years but have been submerged under the growing urbanisation of this part of the city.


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