Saturday, November 7, 2009

An awesome cover from India!

India has one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world. The total number of railway stations in India is estimated to be between 7,000 and 8,000, transporting over 18 million passengers and more than 2 million tonnes of freight daily.

On 16th August 2009, India Post issued a beautiful set of stamps entitled "Heritage Railway Stations of India" to showcase 4 gorgeous railway stations to the philatelic world. I am fortunate to receive an official FDC sent by Shrikant Modh from Gujarat, India. Thank you very much!

Howrah Station is one of the four intercity train stations serving Howrah and Kolkata, India; the others are Sealdah Station, Shalimar Station and Kolkata railway station in Kolkata. Howrah is situated on the West bank of the Hooghly River, linked to Kolkata by the magnificent Howrah Bridge which is an icon of Kolkata. It is the second-oldest station and one of the largest railway complexes in India.

Chennai Central, formerly known as Madras Central is the main railway terminus in Chennai. It is the home of the Southern Railway and the most important rail hub in South India. Trains from here connect the city to New Delhi and prominent state capitals of India like Bhopal, Lucknow, Jaipur, Mumbai, Patna, Kolkata, Bangalore etc. Chennai Central is also the main hub for the Chennai Suburban Railway system. The building of the railway station, one of the landmarks of Chennai, was designed by the architect Henry Irwin.
Old Delhi Railway Station, is the oldest railway station of Delhi city. It was built by the British in the style of red-coloured fort, before independence. This has been an important railway station of the country, and complements the New Delhi Railway Station.

Mumbai CST Station is a historic railway station in Mumbai which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India, and serves Central Railway trains terminating in Mumbai as well as the Mumbai suburban railway.
On 26 November 2008, two terrorists entered the passenger hall of the CST, opened fire and threw grenades at the people. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 rifles. More than 50 people were killed in the attack.

That's all folks! See you again!

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