Rajendra B. Aklekar

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About Me

Rajendra B. Aklekar (born 1974) is an Indian journalist with over 25 years’ experience, presently with Mid-Day Mumbai looking at public transport/mass transit as Senior Assistant Editor, and also the author of best-selling books on India’s railway history and heritage.

My Books

From Halt Station India to The Great Indian Railway Romance

My journey as an author began with my first independent book, 'Halt Station India - The Dramatic Tale of the Nation’s First Rail Lines (Rupa 2015)', released by India’s Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at the dining hall of UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site of Mumbai CSMT.

This was followed by an endorsed biography of India's iconic railway engineer Dr E Sreedharan and more books on the sub-continent's rail history, heritage and trains.

Halt Station India Book Launch

Halt Station India - The Dramatic Tale of the Nation’s First Rail Lines

RUPA 2015

India’s Railway Man - A Biography of Dr E Sreedharan

RUPA 2017

A Short History of Indian Railways

RUPA 2019

The Great Indian Railway Romance

Elephant Books India 2020

My latest articles

My recent articles on Mumbai, Railways & more
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Life on Rails– Kaleidoscopic memories of 43 years of running Mumbai local train

Rajendra B. Aklekar Imagine a Western Railway Mumbai local train with just two to three commuters getting in the train at Mira Road, the east...
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World’s tallest statue now on Indian Railways’ map!

History was created in Gujarat on Sunday, 17th January, 2021, as the world's tallest statue – THE STATUE OF UNITY of Iron Man Sardar...
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Made in India Bombardier Movia trains on Mumbai’s eastern Metro Line-4

Bombardier Transportation has been named the lowest bidder by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for Mumbai Metro's 35-km long Line-4 & 4A (Green...
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Loss of a friend, philosopher and guide! RIP Ian sir– Mumbai visit memories

Shattering news of the death of legendary railway historian Dr Ian J Kerr, Senior Scholar in History at the University of Manitoba, and Professorial...

One of oldest train guards in India passes away at 101

One of oldest and retired train guards in the country, Keshav Narhar Bapat, working with India’s first railway company the Great Indian Peninsula Railway,...
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Mounds of century-old steam engine ash found at Kasara rail yard near Mumbai

Engineers on Central Railway were surprised when they stumbled upon mounds of ash from century-old steam locomotives that had gathered over ages before they...
A model of the Indian WP class steam loco

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A collection of history, monuments, art, everyday life and more through my lens.