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Halt Station India: The Dramatic Tale of the Nation's First Rail Lines

Rajendra B. Aklekar (Author)

Halt Station India chronicles the dramatic rise of India s original rail network, the arrival of the first train, and the subsequent emergence of a pioneering electric line all in the port city of Bombay. Trains that once provoked awe and fear they were viewed as fire chariots, smoke-spewing demons have today become a nation s lifeblood.

Taking a walk along India s first rail lines, the author stumbles upon fragments of the past a clock at Victoria Terminus that offers a rare view of a city; a cannon near Masjid Bunder Station that is worshipped as a god; a watchtower overlooking Sion Station, believed to have housed a witch. Each pit-stop comes with stories of desire and war, ambition and death by Dockyard Road Station, for instance, author Laurence Sterne s beloved, Eliza Draper, followed a sailor into the sea; or close to Parel Station, the wife of India s governor general, Lord Canning found a garden rich in tropical vegetation; this, she replicated at Barrackpore.

Drawing from journals, biographies, newspapers and railway archives and with nostalgic, first-time accounts of those who travelled by India s earliest trains the book captures the economic and social revolutions spurred by the country s first train line. In this, Halt Station India is not just about the railways it is the story of the growth of India s business capital and a rare study of a nation.

Taking a walk along India s original railway line, the author uncovers fascinating relics and the attendant stories of the nation s earliest trains Rich in trivia and nostalgia with a compilation of the superstitions that emerged around the first train, and first-time accounts of the earliest purveyors of India s rail lines.

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Bibliographic information

Title Halt Station India: The Dramatic Tale of the Nation's First Rail Lines
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8129134977, 9788129134974
length xxii+205p., Illustrations; Maps; 22cm.
Subjects History