Republic Day Parade Railways Tableaux bags Trophy

for Ministry of Railways | Date - 01-02-2005

Indian Railways Tableaux, presented in the Republic Day Parade-2005, has bagged a Trophy for the fourth time in its five consecutive participations since 2001. This year’s Tableaux was adjudged the Third Best.

Tableaux was “Homage to Heritage” depicting Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) building on the front truck chassis and the Mumbai Suburban Railway on the rear truck chassis with attendant music and choreography.

The theme followed declaration of the Victorian master piece of the imperial grandeur of pax Britanica, the erstwhile Victoria Terminus as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2004.

Designed by F.M. Stevens, this World Heritage Building, exhibiting interplay of influences from Victorian Italian gothic revival Architecture and the Indian Architecture was completed in 1888. It has on top of its dome over 16 feet high figure of a lady pointing a flaming torch in right hand and spoked wheel in the left hand symbolizing “Progress”.

The Mumbai Suburban Railway, the lifeline of Mumbai, since the introduction of first train on April 16, 1853 from Boribunder to Thane has expanded as the largest suburban Railway network in the world running about 2200 suburban trains and carrying over six million commuters.

The tableaux was fabricated very carefully with the minutest of details close to the real. It received thunderous applause of the spectators throughout its journey from Vijay Chowk to Red Fort.

Earlier in 2001, the Railway Tableaux on “Darjeeling Himalayan Railway” won second prize, followed by the Railway Tableaux on “Antiquity to Modernity” in 2002 winning third prize and the Tableaux on “Kalka-Shimla Hill Railway” in 2004 getting the first prize.

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