Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kolkata hosts photograph public showing on Indian Railways

A young Rabindranath Tagore aboard a train, Mahatma Gandhi at a platform and other such rare images that notify the article of Indian Railways are part of an display here to commemorate 160 years of the country`s railway system.

Inaugurated Monday at the Academy of Fine Arts, an oeuvre of over 200 snaps depicting historic instants in the development of the trains - the lifeline of the homeland - will take one back in time to 1853 when the first train chugged into Thane from Mumbai (then Bombay) in Maharashtra.

"There are 210 images 1853 onwards that will be on display. Most important ones are those of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Tagore etc. that highlight their association with the railways," RN Mahapatra, head public relations officer, to the east trains said.

Pieced through archives of Indian trains, diverse zonal trains and the archives of the nationwide Rail repository, the exhibition comprises chosen images of the first articulate train, landmark structures linked to trains like the Howrah position among other ones.

Also frozen in time are black and white snaps of Bhagat Singh, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

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