A Short History of Indian Railways


Item Weight: 249 g
Paperback: 248 pages
ISBN-10: 9353332877
ISBN-13: 978-9353332877
Product Dimensions: 12.85 x 1.45 x 19.84 cm
Publisher: Rupa Publications India (24 May 2019)
Language: English

About the Book

Did you know that India’s first steam engine never ran on tracks and was actually used to run
driving mills in a factory?

That the maximum speed of the first commercial train in India was 4.5 miles/hour?

That the country’s first-ever steam locomotive could never be introduced commercially since it
was destroyed in a factory blast?

That the locomotive engine for the maiden rail run between Bombay and Thane was pulled by
200 coolies on streets?

That there actually was a plan to build a rail network from the English Channel all the way to
the river Indus?

The book is a short history of Indian Railways because it is a collation of anecdotes from the 1830s to the Bullet Train and Train 18. History woven through anecdotes on how the railways came to be and flourished and the responses it generated in the society. An uncommon experiment of telling history only through anecdotes with a thin narrative!



About the Author

A journalist for the past 25+ years, Rajendra B. Aklekar has two things on his mind—the railways and Bombay. He started his career with Rusi Karanjia’s firebrand The Daily, where he used to run a weekly column on the history of Bombay’s railway stations. Presently, Aklekar is associated with presently with Mid-Day, Mumbai as Senior Assistant Editor. He has trained himself in museology to document Bombay’s vanishing relics, helped the railways set up heritage galleries, and worked on several prestigious projects to conserve the city’s ancient structures.

Rajendra is the bestselling author of Halt Station India and India’s Railways Man: A Biography of E. Sreedharan.