|BBCIR administrative building, Mumbai. Flickr|
Above image: Bombay Baroda & Central India Railway Administrative Offices - Bombay - 1899, Churchgate St, Bombay.
BB&CI Railway commissioned Stevens to design their new administrative offices; unlike VT, this building was meant for BB&CI office and staff accommodation only.
|BBCIR 's EmblemWikipedia|
The beautiful and majestic building, designed in Indo-Saracenic styles blended with Venetian Gothic elements, is made mostly of rough-hewn blue basalt stone (volcanic rock) with white Porbunder stone for the domes, It is more or less similar to VT building and one can not miss the exotic oriental look of the building brought out by the smaller chattri-style domes that surround the main dome. A nicely sculptured figure on the gable holds a train in her right hand and is supported by a cog wheel to her left.
|BB&CI building. bombaywalla.org/|
2013 happened to be an important anniversary year for the Indian Railways and their buildings. The first passenger train left Bombay for Thana on April 16th 1853, 160 years ago, hauled by three locomotives named Sindh, Sultan and Sahib.