Mumbai Victoria Terminus ( now Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus )

posted Oct 8, 2011, 10:00 PM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Oct 28, 2011, 11:29 AM ]
Mumbai Victoria Terminus from outside
Mumbai Victoria Terminus
Lions outside Mumbai Victoria Terminus

This was built in 1887 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In 1996, its name was changed to honor the Maratha hero Shivaji. This serves as the headquarters of the Central Railway. Most major Central, Eastern and Southern Railway trains entering or departing Mumbai, start or stop over here. The building cost a quarter million pounds at that time and was the most expensive one to construct in Mumbai. It supposedly resembles St Pancras Railway Station in London and is constructed in the Victorian Gothic style of architecture. A number of ancillary buildings were added over time and most of them appeared harmonious to the architecture of the main VT Building. Around 50 people were killed in this building during the terrorist attacks of 2008 on Mumbai. The station is divided into two parts internally. One of them has the suburban commuter trains and the other set of platforms are meant for the long distance trains. There are some fourteen or fifteen platforms in all. Most trains from Mumbai to Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Eastern UP, North East depart from here. 
The other major station, Mumbai Central primarily has trains to Gujarat, Delhi and Punjab.