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Google doodle marks India’s first Passenger train on it’s 160th Anniversary

Today Google
celebrating 160th anniversary of India’s first passenger train with
a doodle on the homepage of google India.
Exactly 160 years
ago, on 16 April 1853, the first passenger train in our country left Bon Bunder
Station in Bombay (now Mumbai) to complete 34 km (it took 21 minutes to cover
the distance)  journey to Thane. The google
doodle depicts a locomotive passenger train with a palm-lined railway track. The
14 carriage passenger train with 400 invited guests on board was pulled by three
locomotives named Sultan, Sindh and Sahib.
However the actual
history of trains goes way back to 1836, when the first rail line in the Indian
sub-continent came up near Chintadripet Bridge as an experimental line.  Steam locomotives though would take 20 years
to come to our shores and Thomason was the first steam locomotive to be
commissioned to haul construction materials in Roorkee.
India’s railway
grown at very good rate and now became one of the world’s largest railway
network comprising of nearly 115,000kms of tracks and over a route of 65,000kms
and 7,500 stations.
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