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India's first passenger train journey: Google doodle and some facts

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Apr 16, 2013 at 11:03am IST

New Delhi: With a chugging train trailing a plume of smoke in a backdrop of palm trees and what looks like a palace with domes and minarets, Google on Tuesday posted a doodle to celebrated India's first passenger train journey.

On April 16, 1853, the first railway on the Indian subcontinent ran over a stretch of 21 miles from Bombay to Thane in what is now Maharashtra state.

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Three steam locomotives, Sultan, Sindh and Sahib, took 400 invited passengers in 14 carriages on a 57 minute journey.

India's first passenger train journey: Google doodle and some facts

On April 16, 1853, the first railway on the Indian subcontinent ran over a stretch of 21 miles from Bombay to Thane in what is now Maharashtra state.

The google doodle, in vivid shades of orange and yellow, showed a steam locomotive pulling a passenger train along a palm-lined track.

The front of the engine formed one of the two 'Os' of Google.

While the Bombay-Thane line is generally seen as the birth of what is now one of the world's largest railway systems, the first railway line in India was laid a good 21 years earlier in 1832 near Chintadripet Bridge, now in Chennai.

(With inputs from IANS)

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