The Railway Station Built 166 Years Ago Still in Working Condition

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The Railway Station Built 166 Years Ago Still in Working Condition

Indian Railway: Indian Railway was started in India during the British period. Train in India was started by Lord Dalhousie on 16 April 1853. The country's first train was run from Bori Bunder in Mumbai to Thane. The total distance of this journey was 34 km. Thus, trains have been running in India for about 170 years. The history of Indian Railways has collected many interesting stories in itself.

The railway station built 166 years ago is still in working condition.

You will be surprised to know that a railway station built 166 years ago is still running. Yes, we are talking. Royapuram railway station of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is the oldest railway station of Indian Railways. It was built in the year 1856. This railway station is the oldest railway station in the Indian subcontinent. Which is still going on today. Royapuram railway station was opened as the main terminus on June 28, 1856 by the then Governor Lord Harris.

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Why was the new station built here?

A few days later, the first railway line in South India was opened for traffic on July 1, 1856. After the reorganization of the Madras Railway Company in the year 1849, a plan was prepared to lay a new railway line in South India. The decision to build a new station at Royapuram was made because it was close to a settlement of British traders near Fort Saint George. The first train left from Royapuram railway station on July 1, 1856. This first passenger train traveled 97 km from Royapuram to Waljah.

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The railway station building was repaired in the year 2005.

This train was built by Simpson and Company in which Lord Harris and 300 Europeans traveled. Royapuram railway station also served as the headquarters of the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway until 1922. This railway station was designed by architect William Adelphi Tracy. In the year 2005, Indian Railways got the railway station building repaired. During the repair works, its original form was not disturbed at all. Even today this railway station is operational. Even now more than 10 thousand passengers catch trains at this station every month.

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Publish Date: January 21, 2024

Posted By Sunil

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