RRC Gorakhpur Provisional List 2011
April 16, 1853, was a public holiday in Bombay. Throughout the early afternoon, throngs of holiday makers could be seen making their way to Bori Bunder from where wafted strains of music, rendered by the Governor’s personal band. Shortly before 3.30 p.m., 400 privileged personalities of the city climbed aboard the center of the day’s festivities – the 14 gleaming carriages of the Great India Peninsula Railway, coupled behind a small steam engine, named the Falkland
At the stroke of the half-hour, the driver of the Falkland opened the engine valves, as his fireman shoveled vigorously. The Falkland breathed heavily, enveloping bystanders in a cloud of steam. The driver reached for the whistle chord, the crowd cheered lustily and the boom of the first volley of a 21 gun salute resounded through the moist heat of the afternoon. A final toot of the whistle, a final snort from Falkland and India’s first railway train edged forward, puffing and hissing and groaning through the 35 kilometers to Thana.
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