NID - Trains

History of the Indian Railways
a History of Design Project at the National Institude of Design.

This is a small course I did at my Institute, where I and my partner chose to explore the history of the Indian Railways. Please note that I have used the original images which were with me and many of these are not in very good shape, and quite a few are actually monochromatic images with a little bit of hand-colouring applied.  

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The present Indian Railways logo.

Man has always wanted to be on the move. With the invention of the wheel matters were simplified. Around five hundred years ago, miners in Europe used wooden rails on which the wheels of carts were guided. The invention of the steam engine in 1705 by Newcomen and its further development by James Watt led to the steam locomotive which was first built by Richard Trevithick in 1801. The first steam railway in the world was the Stockton and Darlington Railway in England, opened in 1827. There has been no looking back since then.
A selection of the crests of various pre-war railway companies.

The need for a railway system in India had been felt since the first days of the railways. Lord Dalhousie was the first to propose the idea. The vast distances involved, in league with the political, strategic and economic considerations let to the formation of the Indian Railways. Britain needed a fast and efficient transport system (railways) for troop movement (to counter our freedom struggle), and also to exploit India's vast resources effectively.  
  Locomotives and Rolling Stock
  Stations and Bridges.


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