The Indian Railway in Public Imagination


Origins of the Indian Railway

A tangent

Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai (Photo by Arian Zwegers)

Pre-Independence Growth

Trains and Nation Building

Colonial Narratives


An AH Wheeler bookstall on a modern Indian railway platform



Hindu Tea Stall at Gondia Station of the Bengal-Nagpur Railway

Trains and Independence

MK Gandhi, surrounded by supporters, on a train platform in Satyagrah years

Trains and Partition

In this September 1947 photo, Muslim refugees clamber aboard an overcrowded train near New Delhi in an attempt to flee India

Post-colonial Growth

Special Mention: Lalu Prasad Yadav

(L) Lalu Prasad Yadav; (R) Amul ad from Lalu’s tenure as Railway Minister


Future of Indian Railways

The Railway on Film

Sources & Disclaimers



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