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Jan 05 2012 (11:28)

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Charm Vanished*^~
History of Mumbai Stations

Dec 14 2011 (13:08)
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PKV*^~   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jan 05 2012 (11:28)
The Frontier Mail made its debut on 1 September 1928. When it was first introduced, the train ran between Ballard Pier Mole Station, Mumbai and Peshawar. After closing down of Ballard Pier it started operating from Colaba, Mumbai and Peshawar, the latter of which is now situated in the western region of Pakistan. Before long, the train was able to lay claim to being India's fastest long distance train. In 1930, The Times of London described it as "one of the most famous express trains within the British Empire." During the autumn months between September and December, the train used to depart from the Ballard Pier Mole station. This was for the convenience of the British who arrived in India by steamer.
today neither of these 2 stations viz. COLABA and BALLARD PIER exist on the railway map. ANY VIEWS ?

Dec 14 2011 (13:16)
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sudhir   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jan 05 2012 (11:32)
There is a possibility that for sometime between the closure of Colaba and Ballard Pier and terminating at Bombay Central, terminated at Churchgate

Dec 14 2011 (13:35)
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shabmen   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jan 05 2012 (11:33)
thanks for sharing... it just helps to recall some facts... the other train that went-up to Peshawar was GT Express from Mangalore to Peshawar... Today's GT doesnt start from Mangalore and as expected it wont go upto Peshawar

Dec 14 2011 (15:18)
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Gopal*^~   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jan 05 2012 (11:34)
I have seen an abandoned station near Central Rly Qtrs,Badhwar Park,Colaba,Is it WodehouseRd or Colaba stn? Which service was operated here.I had seen this in 1965

Dec 14 2011 (15:44)
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Guest: 45b10484   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jan 05 2012 (11:34)
Punjab Mail was also going from Bombay to Peshawar once upon a time. The present day Dehradun express was also on the similar route. strange.

Dec 14 2011 (15:46)
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Guest: 7d76432a   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jan 05 2012 (11:34)
Colaba- The BB&CI Railways established the Colaba railway station or terminus, the site of which is now occupied by the Badhwar Park layout
Ballard Pier - the Ballard Bunder Gate is located just off Tiger Gate, opposite Darabshaw House.
The Ballard Bunder Gate was once the formal entrance to the Ballard Pier railway station, from which the romantic Frontier Mail chugged out for its long trek to Peshawar. Steamers from Tiblury and other parts of the world

Dec 14 2011 (15:47)
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PKV*^~   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jan 05 2012 (11:35)
Thanks for all that info sir.

Dec 14 2011 (15:50)
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PKV*^~   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jan 05 2012 (11:35)
Yes right. A few days ago I did post about the race between these Peshawar Bound trains. Let me see if I can repost it.

Dec 14 2011 (15:56)
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PKV*^~   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Jan 05 2012 (11:39)
Here it is:
Formula One has finally arrived in India. But how man of us are aware that there used to be a race amongst trains too in the days of old. I am quoting from a page of history in IRFCA relating to the Punjab Mail, presently numbered 12137/12138
"In those days, a sort of 'race' was held among the
trains running to the Frontier region. Trains that took part in the race were the Quetta Mail, Grand Trunk Express, Frontier Mail, the Punjab Limited (Mail), and another Punjab Mail (loosely referred to as the 'duplicate Punjab Mail) which belonged to the East Indian Railway, and which ran between Calcutta and Delhi.The races were held for a few months each at Karachi, Bombay, Delhi and Madras. However, the only real race worth noting is that between two arch rivals: the GIP's Punjab Mail vis a vis the BB & CI's Frontier Mail.
In 1914, the GIP route from Bombay to Delhi was some 1,541 km. which the train used to cover in 29 hr. 30 min. In the early 1920s, this transit time was further reduced to 27 hr. 10 min., despite as many as eighteen intermediate stops. In 1972, the trainsit time was again pushed up to 29 hr. Today, the Punjab Mail has as many as 37 intermediate stops. The Central Railway however claims improvement in services due to the use of more modern modes of traction.
The train's destination station was changed from Peshawar to Ferozepore after partition of India in 1947."
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