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In photos: a sad and lonely 167th birthday for Indian Railways

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Behemoth, Interrupted!
  • Manavi Kapur
By Manavi Kapur


Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Indian Railways turns 167 years old tomorrow (April 16), and for the first time in all these years, it won’t be ferrying passengers on its birthday.

Since March 25, when the coronavirus pandemic prompted a nationwide lockdown, the transporter has suspended all its passenger services.

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Trains parked at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus amid the lockdown.

“Never ever in its history, there has been such a long interruption of services. Not during the World Wars, not during the 1974 railway strike, or any other national calamity or natural disaster,” the Mid-Day tabloid today quoted an Indian Railways spokesperson as saying.

Services had resumed within hours even after the Mumbai train bombings in July 2006.

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A deserted train station in Jammu.
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All the space.

The first Indian Railways passenger train was flagged off on April 16, 1853, from Mumbai to nearby Thane.

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Suburban trains in Mumbai, the lifeline of the city, is normally overcrowded.
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Train Terminus in Mumbai is completely deserted.

Meanwhile, some trains have been converted into coronavirus isolation wards by the government.

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Health first.

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