The Punjab Mail between Ferozeur-Mumbai is completing its 101-year journey and railway officers, employees are happy. Please see attached photograph of an old time Punjab Mail at Jhansi Railway Station.
About 16 years old than the Frontier Mail, the old Punjab Mail used to be called as Punjab Mail Limited and this was perhaps the first train having a provision for a restaurant car for the convenience of the passengers. In 1945, first class AC compartment was also started in this train and after the partition of India and Pakistan, the Punjab Mail continued to run between Ferozepur and Mumbai and presently the electric engine has been attached with the Punjab Mail from Shatarpati Shivaji Terminus to Delhi and from Delhi to Ferozepur, diesel engine is attached. This train is more convenient of the people of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, UP and Rajasthan to travel to Mumbai.
According to one of the old timers, retired Principal Pritam Kaur Bhatia, whose father was Superintendet at Feroepur Railway Station at that time, has spent most of the time in railway colony and there used to be a 'mela' or fair-like atmosphere at the railway station. She further shared that in Punjab Mail, only the Brithsers used to travel, and there used to be a separate stall for Hindus and Muslims at the railway stations. The most interesting feature of the train among the people was that the trains were very punctual - so much so that people used to correct the time of their watches.