Today India’s Train Network is one of largest in the world comprising 115,000 km of track over a route of 65,000 km and 7,500 Railway stations. As of Dec 2012, it transported over 25 million passengers daily (over 9 billion on an annual basis) [source]
But the seed of this huge network was laid on 16th April 1853, when first passenger train in India ran between Mumbai and Thane. The train service was started between Bori Bunder in Bombay and Thane. The train covered a distance of 34 kilometers in 21 minutes and had three locomotives (bogies) attached which were named Sahib, Sindh, and Sultan.
Google has today published a Google Doodle celebrating the occasion. Here is today’s Doodle!
Yes, I am aware that it is just a representation, but would have looked more authentic if that little detail would have been taken care of..