of Railways in India
Railways have been a great integrating force in India since
long. After the independence of India in 1947, It has brought
together people from the farthest corners of the country.
It has bound the economic life of the country and helped in
accelerating the development of industry and agriculture.
Railway had made possible the conduct of business education,
pilgrimage and tourism.
The history of Railways in India began on 16th April 1853.
When the first train started from Boribunder to Thane by help
of steam engine, covering a distance of 34 kilometers only.
But then after the Indian Railways had not looked behind &
now Indian railway grown into a large network of 7,000 stations
spread over a route length of nearly 63,000 kms. Today it
is one of the largest organizations in the world, employing
a 16 lakh people.
Now a days, Indian railway is main route of transport for
people & Goods. Each day about 7500 passenger trains carry
more than 11 million passengers in different parts of the
The Railway network runs multi gauge operations (Broad gauge,
meter gauge & narrow gauge).The network is divided into
nine zones. Seven new zones and nine new divisions are further
being set up.
On remembering a sweet memories of first 34 Kms. Run of our
beloved rail after 150 years, means 150'" anniversary
of India's first train journey which falls in 2003,this commemorative
stamp & miniature sheet was released by Indian postal
This stamp shows painting of the Indian landscape of 1853,
with the first train running in the distance on its 1st journey
to Thane on the l6'" of April.
Design of the first day cancellation mark shows a station
master's watch displaying the time when the train commenced
its historical journey from Bombay (Boribunder).