MUMBAI: Western Railway organized an exhibition at Churchgate station to commemorate the 67th Foundation Day on Monday, 5th November, 2018 which was inaugurated by Shri A.K. Gupta – General Manager, W. Rly in the presence of Shri. Rahul Jain – Additional General Manager, Shri. Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer and other senior officers of WR. On this occasion, Shri Gupta also released the Coffee Table Book on W. rly’s Station Beautification titled ‘Klassique Kaleidoscope” which encompasses the beautiful paintings which adorns the stations of W.Rly.
According to a press release issued by Shri Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, the exhibition showcased the various developments by Western Railway since its inception on 5th November, 1951, including various achievements, milestones, prestigious chronicles in the history of WR, etc. through a series of informative panels. Shri Bhakar stated that W. Rly is also a pioneer in the entire Indian Railways in various fields such as the First AC EMU local, the Double Decker Dwarf container, first Milk Van in the country, etc. to name a few, which has been portrayed beautifully. Another highlight of this exhibition are the running models of the various trains plying over W.Rly such as AC local train, Double stack container train, Humsafar Express, Rajdhani Express, etc as well as the static paper models of these trains were displayed. A fun filled interactive digital quiz corner – ‘Brain Teaser’ is also being conducted for children as well as elders alike. A major attraction of this exhibition is the selfie corner wherein a cutout of a heritage locomotive has been placed adjacent to the exhibition for taking selfies. A memento desk has also been set up for the sale of various books, memorabilia for the public. This exhibition will remain open for the public from 10.00 am to 06.00 pm upto 7th November, 2018. Entry to the exhibition is free of cost.
Western Railway in its present form came into existence on 5th November, 1951 by the merger of its forerunner, the erstwhile Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI), with other State Railways viz, Saurashtra, Rajputana and Jaipur. The BB&CI Railway was inaugurated in 1855, starting with the construction of a 29 mile broad gauge track from Ankleshwar to Utran in Gujarat state on the West Coast. Surat was its headquarters then. In the year 1863, it was shifted to Bombay. Earlier, the proposal to lay a new line upto Bombay was considered unnecessary initially. It was Mount Stuart Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay who put forward this case as beneficial to the Empire. He pointed out that the new line would connect Bombay with the rich Gujarat province and it was found worthwhile to ship cotton from Bombay. WR has made a valuable contribution in the fast socio-economic and overall development of Bombay (Mumbai) and Gujarat. To further improve the connectivity and to provide faster services to the passengers, the work on the projects of introducing semi high speed and high speed trains are in the pipeline. It is also planned to introduce bullet trains on this section which will be the first in the country. Some of the prestigious trains including Mahamana Express, Humsafar Express, Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Duronto Express and AC Double Decker Express trains, etc. are run from Western Railway. Presently, WR operates one of the largest suburban networks in the world, serving 37 stations carrying 3.5 million commuters (approx.) every day in 1365 train services in Mumbai alone. It is aptly called the lifeline of Mumbai Metropolis. Western Railway has grown with the city of Mumbai and Mumbai city has grown with Western Railway and has been the cynosure of the development of the city of Mumbai. The Mumbai Suburban System of Western Railway extends from Churchgate to Dahanu Road.