On 16 April 1863 India's first passenger train chugged off from Bori Bunder, Mumbai to Thane. That first journey, covering just 34 kilometers, kicked off the Indian Railways, a project that currently covers over a mind boggling 64,000 kilometers of lines, moving over 765 crore passengers annually.
Google commemorated the event with their trademark special Doodle.
The Doodle, in the form of a vintage oriental postcard, shows a steam engine chugging through green countryside populated by coconut trees.
This is a definite throwback to an age long past, especially if one remembers the kind of dense urban sprawl most Mumbai trains pass through now.
In fact you could ride from Mumbai to Thane on the local trains and barely notice any difference at all, since the two cities have effectively merged into a single entity.
But, even 160 years later, the railways remain the lifeline of the nation, being the most preferred form of transportation for its cheapness and relative comfort.
The steam engine now only run on two historic lines in Darjeeling and Ooty. And With Monorails, Metros, Subways, double-decker trains and hopes of bullet train like speeds, the Railways is slowly but surely entering the 21st Century.