For all the British Raj represented and contributed to India, the greatest contribution was the railways.
Anglo Indians played a major role in the establishment, construction, maintenance and operation of the national rail network. India now boasts a rail network across the country stretching over 40,000 miles of track and serving over a billion people. A number of people found in the Anglo-Indian Project held a number of these pivotal roles, contributing to this symbolic railway system.
The magnificent Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) (pictured above) is one of the most iconic buildings in Bombay (Mumbai) and its principal railway station. CST, formerly Victoria Terminus, is arguably one of India’s finest examples of architecture, and a towering example of the pride of the India rail network.
As highlighted previously, contemporary CST can be frantically busy:
But, has its calmer moments:
Undoubtedly, the railways in India have provided a richness to the country’s history. Anglo-Indians played a pivotal role in the development of this railway system, as captured by the Hindu’s recent photographs. The BBC documentary Tracks of Empire is also worth watching to further visualise some of the history, drama and excitement of the legacy of the Indian railways.
See some of the following posts for more information:
- Indian Railways
- Tracks of Empire
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)
- Bombay Railway
- Indian Hill Railways
- Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR)
- Travelling to Bombay II: Railways
- Travelling in Trains: Mumbai Edition
- Railways of the Raj