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History of Mumbai Stations
The Frontier Mail made its debut on 1 September 1928. When it was first introduced, the train ran between Ballard Pier Mole Station, Mumbai and Peshawar. After closing down of Ballard Pier it started operating from Colaba, Mumbai and Peshawar, the latter of which is now situated in the western region of Pakistan. Before long, the train was able to lay claim to being India's fastest long distance train. In 1930, The Times of London described it as "one of the most famous express trains within the British Empire." During the autumn months between September and December, the train used to depart from the Ballard Pier Mole station. This was for the convenience of the British who arrived in India by steamer.
There is a possibility that for sometime between the closure of Colaba and Ballard Pier and terminating at Bombay Central, terminated at Churchgate
thanks for sharing... it just helps to recall some facts... the other train that went-up to Peshawar was GT Express from Mangalore to Peshawar... Today's GT doesnt start from Mangalore and as expected it wont go upto Peshawar
I have seen an abandoned station near Central Rly Qtrs,Badhwar Park,Colaba,Is it WodehouseRd or Colaba stn? Which service was operated here.I had seen this in 1965
Dec 14 2011 (15:44)
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Guest: 45b10484 Added by: Charm Vanished*^~ Jan 05 2012 (11:34)
Punjab Mail was also going from Bombay to Peshawar once upon a time. The present day Dehradun express was also on the similar route. strange.
Dec 14 2011 (15:46)
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Guest: 7d76432a Added by: Charm Vanished*^~ Jan 05 2012 (11:34)
Colaba- The BB&CI Railways established the Colaba railway station or terminus, the site of which is now occupied by the Badhwar Park layout
Ballard Pier - the Ballard Bunder Gate is located just off Tiger Gate, opposite Darabshaw House.
The Ballard Bunder Gate was once the formal entrance to the Ballard Pier railway station, from which the romantic Frontier Mail chugged out for its long trek to Peshawar. Steamers from Tiblury and other parts of the world
Thanks for all that info sir.
Yes right. A few days ago I did post about the race between these Peshawar Bound trains. Let me see if I can repost it.
Here it is:
Formula One has finally arrived in India. But how man of us are aware that there used to be a race amongst trains too in the days of old. I am quoting from a page of history in IRFCA relating to the Punjab Mail, presently numbered 12137/12138
"In those days, a sort of 'race' was held among the...