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Train trip down memory lane

G. Srinivasan

Heritage run commemorates 150th year of Southern Railway

Photo: M. Srinath

Journey into past: The heritage train chugging out of the Tiruvarur Railway Station on Wednesday.

TIRUVARUR: A heritage run of a steam engine-hauled train was organised by the Southern Railway on the only meter gauge line now available between Tiruvarur and Thiruthuraipoondi in Tiruvarur district on Wednesday.

S. Subramhanyan, Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, flagged off the train at 9.30 a.m at Tiruvarur Railway Station .

The train passed through Mavoor, Tirunellikaval, Ammanur, and Alathampadi to reach Thiruthuraipoondi. The train was given a warm welcome at all stations.

After covering 27 km, it arrived at Thiruthuraipoondi at 11 a.m.

Railway officials said the run was organised to commemorate the 150th year of the Southern Railway. The Mayiladuthurai-Thiruthuraipoondi meter gauge line was constructed originally in 1894. By the construction of the line, Tiruvarur became the four-way junction with Nagapattinam on the eastern side and Thanjavur in the west. The Tiruvarur-Thiruthuraipoondi section runs amidst paddyfields and rural pockets. It offers a glimpse of heritage stations.

Various trains with salt from Agasthiyampalli near Vedaranyam, sugar, fertiliser and paddy pass through this section . The aim of the run is also to make youth know the evolution of Railways.

Mr. Subramhanyan told presspersons at Tiruvarur that Mayiladuthurai-Tiruvarur broad gauge conversion would be completed by this year end and trains would start rolling on the line. Train service on Nagapattinam-Velankanni line would start, once the Commissioner for Railway safety inspected the line. The Tiruvarur-Thiruthuraipoondi line that is going up to Karaikudi will also be converted into a broad gauge soon.

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