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The Great Guardians

10 June, 2013
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BB&CI Railway Administrative Offices (1889) (1899)

Signage: BB&CI Railway Administrative Offices
(1899) Churchgate (presently Western Railway Head Office).

As structures, streets and the city itself have been renamed over the last decades, monograms are intricate reminders of the original names and affiliations of structures in Bombay. This monogram of ‘BBCIR’, in safe keeping of a proud lion (and crow), is found atop the Bombay, Baroda & Central India (BB&CI) Railway Administrative Offices.

Once again, as Fitzgerald would say, the photograph is by Dj Murty.

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Railway kitsch and Bombay posers

20 May, 2013
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Facade: BB&CI Railway Administrative Offices
(1899) Churchgate (presently Western Railway Head Office).

The celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Indian Railways has occasioned some wonderful examples of railway kitsch. At the Bombay, Baroda & Central India (BB&CI) Railway Administrative Offices, green spotlights compliment the signs in red and neon and the locomotive, all recent additions to the structure and setting.

The green lights, though close and tangible, could well be the one(s) Gatsby believed in, the orgastic future that makes us ‘run faster, stretch out our arms farther’.

A host of Bombaywallas pose by the locomotive, some as precariously as they would be placed on a daily commute (see our gallery above).

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Portico: BB&CI Railway Administrative Offices (1899)

19 April, 2013
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BB&CI Railway Administrative Offices (1899)
Churchgate (presently Western Railway Head Office).

2013 is an important anniversary year for the Indian Railways and their structures. The first passenger train left Bombay for Thana on April 16th 1853, 160 years ago, hauled by three locomotives named Sindh, Sultan and Sahib.

The façade of the Bombay, Baroda & Central India (BB&CI) Railway Administrative Offices has been lit up this week in celebration (see our gallery above). A Google Doodle marks the 160 year anniversary.

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