Google has doodled India’s first passenger train journey on its home page of Indian version that is http://www.google.co.in
Exactly 160 years ago and four years before the great revolution of 1857, India’s first passenger train chugged out of Bori Bunder, in what was then Bombay, for Thane, 34 kilometres away. However, this was not the first train running in India. Railway lines for hauling materials had been laid as early as 1835. Most of the earliest railways were pulled by horses or men.
The first railway passenger journey in India happened on April 16, 1853. Three steam locomotives, Sultan, Sindh and Sahib, took 400 invited passengers in 14 carriages on a 57 minute journey.
The first steam locomotive in the country was Thomason, commissioned in 1951 for hauling construction material in Roorkee for the Solani viaduct. It had a short life though, and was decommissioned after a boiler explosion within nine months.
The Indian Government has released two postage stamps that commemorate this event.
Google is celebrating the anniversary of this landmark event with a doodle on its India home page that shows a steam locomotive pulling a passenger train on a palm-lined track. This is was google has shared with apprx. 130 crores Indians about India’s first passenger train journey.