Saturday 23 May 2020

Electric Locomotive (India, 1966)

The electrification of railways in India started way back in 1925; the year 1966 does not seem to have been a special milestone, so I’m guessing this stamp is one of a set marking “general industrial progress”, a common and international theme of the 1960s.

India has the fourth largest rail network in the world and – from memory – is the largest employer in the world (that might have been a Trivial Pursuit question in the late ’80s). In normal times, some 20,000 passenger trains run every day in India, with over 7000 stations serving cities, suburbs, towns and villages.

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