150 years of Indian Railways --- Right from the poetries of Tagore and the steely resolve of the Mahatma, through the canvasses of Satyajit Ray and to the great escape of Netaji, trains have always assumed the role of chief protagonist. From the restless younger days to the monotonous daily routine, from journey with family by "railgari" to the business trips by Duronto, from early days of black clouds of steam to the overhead cables and pantographs... 'Railways' have become the lifeline for most of us. Be it an early steam or the modern day electrics, be it a crawling container rakes or a Shatabdi whisking away, trains have caught the imagination of the entire nation. And to brief, Indian Railways is one of the world's largest railway networks comprising of 65,000 km routelength over a tracklength of 115,000 km with over 7,500 stations. As of now, IR holds over 229,400 Freight Wagons, 9,750 Passenger Coaches and over 9,600 Locomotives. IR carries about 7,500 million passengers annually i.e. more than 20 million passengers daily and 2.8 million tons of freight daily. But Indian Railways is not all about numbers. It accompanies with it a rich heritage of over 160 years. And in 2002 entire nation observed an year long celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of India's first train journey. IndiaPost tried to capture the spirit by issuing of commemorative stamp and first miniature sheet on Indian railways. The design of the stamp and the miniature sheet tries to re-create the Indian landscape of 1853, with the first train journey from Boribander to Thane on April 16th, 1853. Stamp issued on April 16th 2002 with denomination 1500p (₹ 15/-)