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16 Apr.1853 - 16 Apr.2002

(Page color represents the sky blue/cream livery of new d.c./ a.c. e.m.us of the Bombay suburban section.)

                                              H I S T O R Y

Everything has a humble beginning, and the emus are no exception.

What follows then is a collection of old pictures, mostly scanned from old books and magazines, which trace the history of the emu trainsets in this country.

As the earliest electrifications were on dc, history comprises exclusively of dc stock.

Click on any of the links alongside in case  you don't care much for history or old b/w prints of a poor quallity, and would rather see something more recent else instead.

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1.The first emu cars for the erstwhile BB & CI Railway (now WR) being unloaded from a ship around 1925. (Scanned from a very dog eared copy of 'History of Bombay Suburban Railways (1853-1985) by Dr. A.K.Arora).
2. The first electric train in India: circa 1925, between Boribunder (Bombay VT) and Coorla (Kurla). Sir Leslie Wilson, the then Governor of Bombay, was on board. Picture at left shows H.E. the Governor making a speech on the occasion, while the pic on the right shows the inaugural train at Bombay VT. (Picture provided by John Lacey).

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3. A print showing details of the motor coach (power car) of early emu stock. Note that these early power cars had pantographs at each end. The drivers' cabs at either end would be used only for shunting and for use inside the car sheds. (Picture provided by John Lacey).
4.One of the earliest emu trainsets (4-car) speeding over the Sandhurst Road flyover. (circa 1925). (Scanned from a very dog eared copy of 'History of Bombay Suburban Railways (1853-1985) by Dr. A.K.Arora).

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5.An emu train between Bombay and Poona in 1935. It is now mandatory to provide toilets in trains whose run exceeds 150 km. (Scanned from a very dog eared copy of 'History of Bombay Suburban Railways (1853-1985) by Dr. A.K.Arora).
6. Built of solid teak wood on a solid iron chassis, a rake of the 'old stock' (circa 1929) trundles sedately along. These sets were loved by passengers and motormen alike, who considered them a pleasure to ride in or drive. (Scanned from a photocopy of a photograph that appeared in the Times of India in 1985).

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7.A poster advertising electric suburban services on the mg in the Madras region. The services were between Madras Beach and Tambaram, while the stock was rigid 3-car dc emu sets. (circa 1930)  The trainsets were the first, and till date the last, to feature a common bogie between cars. A picture of one of these sets appears on the d.c. e.m.us page of this website. (Picture provided by John Lacey).
8.Back the Bombay,and the 'old stock' a rake of 1928 vintage disgorges the crowds at Churchgate station. (Scanned from a very dog eared copy of 'History of Bombay Suburban Railways (1853-1985) by Dr. A.K.Arora).

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9.The motor coach of a vintage emu preserved at the NRM, Delhi.
10. An 8-car emu passes over the Bassein (Vasai) bridge in 1952. (Scanned from a very dog eared copy of 'History of Bombay Suburban Railways (1853-1985) by Dr. A.K.Arora).

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11.A color print of the crowds at Churchgate. This is the scene almost 365 days of the year. While Sundays were comparatively more peaceful, of late Sundays are even worse. (Scanned from the cover of a propoganda booklet by George Fernandes brought put in 1985.)
12. With a YCG/1 electric feight locomotive in the foreground, a 3-car rigid dc emu undergoes maintenance in the SIR workshops in Tambaram, circa 1931. (Picture provided by John Lacey.)

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13.The peak hour crowds at Churchgate have been notorious right from the onset. This very old picture shows the morning rush hour at Churchagate circa 1968. (Scanned from a book 'Indian Railways' circa 1975)
14. An 3-car imported 'SIG' emu Bombay in the early 1960s. An identical picture also appears on Prakash Tendulkar's site. (Scanned from a very dog eared copy of 'History of Bombay Suburban Railways (1853-1985) by Dr. A.K.Arora).

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15.Tresspassing on the tracks is hardly a new concept on Bombay's suburban railways. Here is an old picture showing the same. Deaths by train hits account for at least five deaths a day in the Bombay surburban section alone. The figure is three a day in Calcutta. (Scanned from a very dog eared copy of 'History of Bombay Suburban Railways (1853-1985) by Dr. A.K.Arora).
16. A clearer view of the old teak bodied 'old stock' at Churchgate. Buiilt on an iron chassis, these rakes were very popular with motormen (drivers) and passengers alike. (Scanned from a book 'Indian Railways' circa 1975)

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You can see more pictures of historical e.m.u.s on Prakash Tendulkar's site at:

http://www.trainweb.org/railworld/SIG/index.htm

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