Did you know that until the mid-nineteenth century, India had no railways in the country. Railways were gradually built with the first appearing in 1853. Their primary purpose was to transport troops and to move cotton for export to mills in UK.
Passenger trains were uncommon and took another 100 years to spread in popularity. Finally in 1947 India got freedom and started to develop railways in a more judicious manner.
Photo by Kali Murugesan