Traveled by the Mumbai local train after a long time. I was on my way to CST (Victoria Terminus) to catch the Deccan Queen. Being a Sunday, I was spared of the usual office rush. I couldn’t help but compare travelling by the local, a few decades ago. The rakes looked better and the inside was more airy and brighter.
It was good to see the inclusion of an announcing system inside the bogie (with a display on an electronic board)
The Indian Railways had third class bogies too which were scrapped sometime in the sixties.
While crossing over from the Western Railway to the Central Railway, I was happy to see the absence of the hawkers on the foot over bridge.
It was good to see some familiar sights and landmarks, like the tower of the Railway Hospital at Byculla.
While alighting at CST, I noticed the big clock. Reminded me of the times when I used to wait to see the big hand move, which looked like an enormous task, considering the size of the clock.
There was a mural at the station of how Victoria Terminus looked during the British era.
The "statue of progress" which is about 17 ft tall stands atop the dome. I recall reading in the papers (some where in the late sixties) that the head of the statue was broken when lightening struck the dome. It was replaced by a perfect replica (made by the students of the JJ school of Arts which is situated across the road)
The above picture was the last one I clicked before boarding the Deccan Queen. Talking of the prestigious train (Deccan Queen) there was this guy from the pantry car who talked politely and served every one with a cheerful smile. His face looked familiar and I clicked his picture in haste.
It was only later I realized that he looked very much like the fruit vendor who sits at the street corner close to my residence.
I captured a few video clips at random and put them together to make it into a 4 min video.