Today Google India is doing something different from the usual Google Doodles that celebrates important people, history and art. Usually the Google Doodles are people focused but today’s Google Doodle is about “India’s first passenger train journey”.
India have one of the biggest railroad systems in the world, and Trains and Railways have always been an important part of the Indian economy. Although India’s first passenger train journey only took place on the 16th of April 1853 (exactly 160 years ago). The first railroad in India was built 21 years earlier in 1832.
India’s first passenger train journey commemorated today by Google India took place on the 16th of April 2013 between Bori Bunder in Bombay India and Thane covering a total distance of 34 Kilometers. India’s first passenger train journey took about 20 minutes to complete.
Today India Railroad system spans 64.160 Kilometers and it is the 4th Largest Railway in the world. A plan for a rail system in India was first put forward in 1832. The first rail line of the Indian sub-continent came up near Chintadripet Bridge in Chennai. In Madras Presidency in 1836 as an experimental line. In 1837, a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) long rail line was established between Red Hills and stone quarries near St. Thomas Mount. In 1844, the Governor-General of India Lord Hardinge allowed private entrepreneurs to set up a rail system in India. The companies were to build and operate the lines under a 99 year lease, with the government having the option to buy them earlier.
Today you can almost go anywhere using the Railroad system in India, and the country has come far since India’s first passenger train journey 160 years ago.