Indian Railway Stations
Indian Railways operates both long distance and suburban rail systems. It also owns locomotive and coach production facilities. Since the consolidation of several railway systems in 1951, Indian Railways have turned into one of the largest networks in the world. Here is a look at a couple of Indian Railways stations.
The biggest and busiest
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is located in Mumbai and is one of the busiest railway stations in India and headquarters of Central Railway. Located in the Bori Bunder area, construction on the initial station took ten years until completion in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 1996, the name of the station changed to its present name to honor the Maratha warrior Shivaji. In 2008, the Academy Award-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" featured this station prominently. That same year, a terrorist attack at the station claimed 58 lives and injured 104 people. The main building of this large station is a striking example of the High Victorian Gothic style of architecture.
Secunderabad Railway Station
Secunderabad Junction sports a more modern design. It is also one of the busiest railway stations in the system. It is located in the city of Secunderabad and falls under the South Central Railway zone of Indian Railways. This station was constructed in 1874 and served as the main station for Nizam's Railway until the national consolidation of railway systems in 1951. Over 190 trains arrive at (or depart from) the station, daily, transporting over 100,000 passengers to their destinations across the country.
Rail travel continues to thrive in India, as Indian Railways sports one of the largest networks in the world, in addition to historic, important railway stations.