Monday, December 27, 2010

The name "Dadar" signifies a small stairway built on the eastern edge of Mahim Island; when the British built the Bombay, Baroda & Central India Railways (B.B.&C.I., now the "Western Division" of the Indian Railways), they named the station near these steps as Dadar. The area around the station on either side came to be named after this station by newer immigrants.

The Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway (BB&CI) was a company incorporated in 1855 to undertake the task of constructing a railway line between Bombay and Vadodara in India. BB&CI completed the work in 1864. The first suburban railway in India was started by BB&CI, operating between Virar and Colaba, a station in Bombay Backbay in 1867


Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway train at National Rail Museum, New Delhi


colaba railway station [below]now demolished


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Peak hour at Bombay Central. One can see atleast 6 persons in the main hall and ghostly traces of two more.

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Vasai (Bassein) bridge is seen during construction. An older bridge across the Vasai Creek is also seen to the right of the construction place.

Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway (BBCIR)
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A neat and clean Steam locomotive belonging to BB & CI Railways hauls an equally clean passenger train into Bombay Central. Note the relatively new and elegant cabin building.[COMPARE TO TODAY'S NEGLECT ]

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Locomotive No. 702 was one of the only three locomotives built belonging to the M class. It was built in 1924 by Kitson


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Frontier mail ready to depart from Ballard Pier with a pair of H class locomotive. The leading engine is No. 358 which was built by North British in 1915[THE FIRST STATION ON G.I.P. RAILWAYS-NOW NAMED CENTRAL RAILWAYS. THE BALLARD PIER STATION WAS DEMOLISHED LATER]

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