Perhaps, as familiar as the Indian Railway’s trains are its buildings. From imposing railway terminuses in Indian cities to picturesque stations in small towns, the romance of the railways still remains. At our Online Talk #IndianRailwayBuildings, railwayman and author Vinoo Mathur takes us on a fascinating journey through some of the most iconic railway buildings in India—buildings that were, and still are, landmark structures—focussing on those constructed between 1853 and 1953. He also reveals little-known aspects about the buildings, and mentions the changes that have taken place in the last seventy years.
About the speaker
Vinoo Mathur was actively involved with the proposal for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai, being inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and instrumental in initiating the proposal for the inclusion of the Kalka-Shimla Railway in the ‘Mountain Railways of India’, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He has worked for the Indian Railways from 1971 to 2008 in various capacities, and retired as Member Traffic on the Railway Board. Post-retirement, he is an Advisor to Japanese consultants working on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Railway project. His interests include conservation of rail heritage, and he is the President of the Rail Enthusiasts’ Society.