On 16th Apr 1853

On 16th Apr 1853, a train with 14 railway carriages and 400 guests left Bombay’s Bori Bunder for Thane, with a 21-gun salute. It was hauled by three locomotives: Sindh, Sultan, and Sahib. The journey took an hour and fifteen minutes. This is the first commercial passenger train in India.
In 1982, Indian Railways (IR) set up a central organization (COFOIS) to computerise freight operations.
Till 1985, All tickets were issued manually and Stand-alone Computerized ticketing and reservation was introduced in multiple phases
In 1985 as pilot project at New Delhi
In June 1987 at Bombay
In July 1987 at Chennai
In Oct 1987 at Kolkata
In July 1989 at Secunderabad
In 1986 the Ministry of Railways established CRIS, an umbrella organisation for all information technology-related activities on Indian Railways merging COFOIS.
In 1989, the train numbers were standardised to four digits Universal numbering.
In 1990, First Self-Printing Ticket Machine (SPTM) was introduced, at New Delhi.
In 1990, CONCERT (Country-wide Network for Computerized Enhanced Reservation ; Ticketing) developed by CRIS is a total networking solution to Indian Railways Passenger Reservation System.
In 1993, AC 3-tier coaches ; Sleeper class are introduced apart from second class.