Today in Transportation History – 2005: A Longtime Railway Station in India is Reborn

After being extensively restored, the Royapuram railway station in South India was formally reopened to the public. Rangasamy Velu, India’s union minister of state for railways, presided at this ceremony.

The Royapuram railway station is located in the northern part of the city of Chennai on the Chennai Beach-Arakkonam segment of the Chennai Suburban Railway. The station originally opened in 1856 as a terminal for the Madras Railway. More than 150 years later, it has the distinction of being the oldest surviving railway structure on the entire Indian subcontinent.

Photo Credit: Darren Burnham (licensed under Creative Commons)

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