Eastern Railway celebrates 160 years of Railways in Eastern India

Kolkata (KOAA): R.K.Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railway inaugurated a Philatelic Exhibition on Railways at Victoria Memorial Hall today to mark the commencement of Eastern Railway’s week-long celebration of 60th Railway Week (April 10 – 16, 2015) and 160 glorious years of Railways in Eastern India. A special commemorative cover was released to mark 160 years of Railways in Eastern India.

Speaking on the occasion, R. K. Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railway said that the historic journey of Railways in Eastern India began with first train travelling from Howrah to Hooghly on August 15, 1854. Today Eastern Railway has emerged as the backbone of passenger traffic and provides indispensable infrastructural support for the economic development of the nation as a whole. Presently, Eastern Railway carries 33 lakh passengers every day by running 1926 trains daily. In the last financial year this railway carried 116 crore of passengers.

Commenting on the Philatelic Exhibition, Mr Gupta said that it is a very rare and unique exhibition of stamps, covers and cancellation laboriously curated by renowned philatelist Mohd Mujibullah, a staff of Eastern Railway. He pointed out that the stamps and covers demonstrate periodic developments in the history of railways of the world, covering a wide variety of themes including railroads, horse-drawn carriages, advent and evolution of steam locomotives, rolling stocks, stations, signaling system, tunnels, mountain railways etc. and included a wonderful collection of stamps of pre-independence period from 1854 to 1947.

Dr Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary & Curator, Victoria Memorial Hall and Arundhaty Ghosh, Chief Postmaster General (WB Circle) also spoke on the occasion.

The exhibition will remain open for public viewing from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. till April 16.

Eastern Railway has also organized photo exhibitions at Howrah and Sealdah stations which provides a pictorial representation of the history, heritage, passenger amenities, development and evolution of locomotives and transportation system as a whole.

A cultural festival has been organized in the evening in the Regional Rail Museum at Howrah where artists, both from Railway and outside participated.