New Delhi: Indian Railways will complete its 160 years this month. The first train in India started on April 16, 1853. At the occassion, dailybhaskar.com brings you the history of Indian Railways and interesting facts related to it.
You will be surprised to know that ice was used to keep the AC trains cool. A particular system was evolved for the same. The first Indian train started on April 16, 1853 at 3:35 from Bombay to Pune.
The first Indian air-conditioned train was Frontier Mail which was introduced in 1934. Earlier, the AC coaches of the train were kept cool by using ice blocks. These were replenished at several halts along the line. A battery operated blower constantly blew air into these receptacles, and the cold air entered the insulated cars through vents.
The air conditioning system in those days used ice blocks, carried in sealed receptacles whih were replenished at several halts along the line. The process was very basic, very messy, but the effect was very pleasant.
Mostly, British officers used to travel by Frontier Mail. It was a challenge to maintain the temperature of the AC coaches.
The Frontier Mail was one of the first trains in India to get an air conditioned car. The AC car started running from 1934.
Source - Daily Bhasker