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an exhibition celebrating the cmp's fortieth anniversary

10. The “Across India Special,” about to leave Bombay (Mumbai), before 1920. Keystone-Mast Collection at UCR CMP, 1996.0009.X119599

 
“Formerly one was obliged to travel in India by the old cumbrous methods of going on foot or on horseback, in palanquins or unwieldy coaches; now, fast steamboats ply on the Indus and the Ganges, and a great railway, with branch lines joining the mail line at many points on its route, traverses the peninsula from Bombay to Calcutta in three days.”
 
¶ In the late 1800s Britain connected India with a major railway—the world’s fourth largest—in an effort to increase income through the exchange of goods such as cotton and rice. By 1873 the twenty largest cities in India were connected by rail. In addition to facilitating commerce, this development introduced the possibility of travel within India and to other parts of the world.

10. The “Across India Special, about to leave Bombay (Mumbai), before 1920. Keystone-Mast Collection at UCR CMP, 1996.0009.X119599

 

“Formerly one was obliged to travel in India by the old cumbrous methods of going on foot or on horseback, in palanquins or unwieldy coaches; now, fast steamboats ply on the Indus and the Ganges, and a great railway, with branch lines joining the mail line at many points on its route, traverses the peninsula from Bombay to Calcutta in three days.”

 

In the late 1800s Britain connected India with a major railway—the world’s fourth largest—in an effort to increase income through the exchange of goods such as cotton and rice. By 1873 the twenty largest cities in India were connected by rail. In addition to facilitating commerce, this development introduced the possibility of travel within India and to other parts of the world.

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