Virar-Churchgate service complete 150 years

Virar-Churchgate service complete 150 years

Virar-Churchgate service complete 150 years

The Churchgate-Virar suburban service that runs from Mumbai to its far western suburbs -  the first public transit system of India - turned 150 years on Wednesday.

With over 1,300  services in over 120 kms - running 24x7, Western Railway suburban trains cover almost the distance up to moon in o­ne week.

It was on 12 April 1867 that local services between Virar and Backbay (nearly 60 kms)  on the western line  started - 14 years after the first train service started between Boribunder and Thanna on 16 April 1853 on the central line.

Then the Western Railway was known as the  Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI), while the Central Railway was known as Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIP).

The Churchgate-Virar western line, however, is the first public transit system in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), that comprises Mumbai City and Mumbai Suburban districts besides parts of Palghar, Thane and Raigad districts.

"WR local lines hv witnessed growth of Mumbai from a small dwelling of fishermen to a mega city.150 Glorious years of service," the Western Railway tweeted.

Today the WR consists of 36 stations from Dahanu Road to Churchgate railway stations (123 kms).  An EMU car shed has been built between Nalasopara and Virar which is the largest car shed in Asia. A repair shop for EMUs is situated at Mahalaxmi. There are also EMU car sheds at Mumbai Central and Kandivali.