The Reversing Station, Campoolee, Bombay.
Medium: Photographic print
This print of the railway reversing station at Campolee outside Bombay was taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. India’s vast railway network is an enduring legacy of the East India Company. In 1853 there were 32kms of tracks, while by 1948 there were nearly 50,000kms. The railway connecting Thana through the Thal and Bhor Ghat inclines was the initiative of George Clark, Chief Engineer of the Bombay Government. The Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company developed the scheme in the 1840s and the Bhor Ghat pass was opened in 1861 as the main route over the Western Ghats linking the sea coast with the Deccan.