Railway heritage show till May 1

TIRUCHI: The display of some rare photographs of railways and the milestones it had crossed over the years is an effort by the authorities here to showcase the rich heritage and history of the railway system to the general public.

The Divisional Railway authorities have exhibited the rare photographs at Tiruchi Junction to celebrate the 150 years of Railway in South India. Inaugurated by the Divisional Railway Manager S. Subramhanyan on Monday, the photo expo will go on till May 1 at Tiruchi Junction.

Milestones

Over 50 photographs and portraits depicting different milestones of the railways along with railway stamps have been displayed at the station’s entrance and Platform 1. The pick is a photograph of passengers arriving from Sri Lanka by a steamer and boarding the Madras Boat Mail at the Dhanushkodi Pier.

Also on display are photographs of the famous Pamban viaduct and Scherzer Bridge with lifting spans; arrival of the first broad gauge passenger train at Tiruchi in 1929; passenger train from Tiruturaipundi to Nagapattinam; container freight service between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in 1966; interior platform view of Egmore Station besides photographs of different types of electric locomotives and that of an overhead electric travelling crane at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop in Tiruchi.

Portraits of various class of steam locomotives along with different types of signalling system; South Indian Railway’s narrow gauge mixed train operated in the 1930s; Nilgiri Mountain Railway opened from Mettupalayam to Conoor; first train between Mumbai to Thane in 1853 and the first AC locomotive ‘Bidhan’ commissioned in 1963 also form part of the photo exhibition.

The idea behind organising the expo is to enlighten the public about the origin and development of the railway system in the country and its rich heritage, said railway officials here.

The authorities have planned to display the photographs at other railway stations in Tiruchi division including Tiruchi Fort, Srirangam, Ariyalur, Villupuram, Puducherry, Vellore, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuturai in the coming days.

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