Chennai Central Railway Station & Canal – 4 Old Postcards
There are 4 old photo postcards of the Chennai Central Station (formerly Madras Terminus) and the Buckingham Canal in this post. The postcards are from different years ranging between 1900 to 1920. One of the postcards is an oilette. But the principal themes are the same, that of the Madras railway terminus and the Cochrane’s Canal, later renamed to Buckingham Canal which passes under an age-old stone bridge.
This is one of the most prominent and contrasting photographs of a bygone British era Madras. In the background, you will see the famed station building and in the foreground the beauty of the once glorious Buckingham Canal. Which is sadly a fetid pool of black sewage water today. All four pictures show either boats plying or parked on the river bank.
Which is evidence of the once freshness of the water that was used for irrigation and water transportation purposes (boats were plying up to the 1960s). Initially called Cochrane’s Canal, named after its principal financier Basil Cochrane (1753-1826). A supply contractor for the British Navy in India. And renamed for a short while as Lord Clive’s Canal.
The railway terminus is undoubtedly the city’s iconic landmark. It was designed by George Hardinge, a British architect in both Gothic and Romanesque style architecture. Another British architect Robert Chisholm added the clock tower which is one of the main attractions of the building. It is to be noted that Chisholm had pioneered the Indo-Saracenic style architecture. The building stands just as it was possibly with only a few modifications since its inception in 1873. Click on the photo for better view.
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Did you know- the Buckingham was once gridlocked with the city’s other rivers and canals. If it was still sustained it could have contained the floods and offered clean transportation to the city.
From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#17)., Horniman Circle Bombay – Old Photo 1890., Aerial View of Bombay Harbour & Docks – Old Print 1931., Bombay Car Rally Vintage Cars – Old Print 1906