July 07, 2014

Frontier Mail ( Before 1947 ) And Khyber Pass- Movie

Frontier Mail , a very prestigious train during British times started by B B C I R - Bombay Baroda Central India Railway ).

It ran between Colaba ( Bombay / Mumbai of today ) and Landi Kotal ( Peshawar )in NWFP - North West Frontier Province ( now in Pakistan ).

At Colaba terminus , Frontier Mail's timings coincided with timings of Passenger ships ( P and O - Peninsula and Oriental ) which anchored at Colaba jetty along with Rail terminus of Frontier Mail.


Passengers ( mostly Britishers ) would disembark from the train and board the Ship gangway ( right adjacent ) to the train  and vice versa.One side of platform railway , other side ship anchorage.

After 1947 sea travel gave way to travel by air.

The Railway line between Churchgate Station and Colaba ( in Mumbai ) was removed.

Now the train ( Golden Temple Express ) runs between Amritsar Station and Bombay Central ( Mumbai ).

For Historical  clip of Frontier Mail and Khyber Pass , please click :-

For more on Frontier Mail , please click :-

For more on P and O



Netaji Subhash Chander Bose , during Second World War , escaped to Berlin via Afghanistan. Netaji was under House arrest in his home in Kolkata. Netaji boarded Kalka Mail from Gomoh Station ( near Dhanbad ) . He reached Peshawar in Frontier Mail disguised as a Muslim Insurance Agent.. Netaji must have shifted from  Kalka Mail to Frontier Mail either at Saharanpur Station ( UP )or at Ambala Cantt ( now in Haryana ). These two are the prominent two stations on the rail route common to both Kalka Mail and Frontier Mail.

Gomoh Railway Station ( Near Dhanbad - Jharkhand )has been renamed as Netaji Subhash Chander Bose Gomoh Station. Netaji boarded Kalka Mail at Gomoh on 18 January 1941. The Station has , now , Netaji's statues.


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