Chennai Central Railway Station Without Clock 1874

Old 1874 photo of the newly built Chennai Central Railway Station without the clocks. Generally called “Madras Central Railway Station” before the name changed. What is an unusual sight is the missing clocks on the famous clock tower. See the photo and its close-ups. Here the newly completed Madras Central Station displays an empty clock bay in the clock tower.

This was because the four clocks had not yet arrived from England. The order was given to a firm in England but the firm failed to keep the delivery schedule or so it seems. But eventually, it arrived after some delay and the clocks were quickly installed. George Hardinge, a British architect designed the main building in the style of Gothic and Romanesque architecture.

Yet another architect Robert Chisholm designed the clock tower of the building. Chisholm was the pioneer of Indo-Saracenic style architecture. The Chennai Central station initially started with four platforms, primarily to decongest the Royapuram station’s traffic at that time. The Royapuram Station was the first in South India and the main station. Completed in 1874 the Madras Central became the main station in 1907 in the south of India. Click on the photo for better view.

See post Opening Of The Madras Railway – Old Print 1856.

Did you know- the station includes the five caps on the roof that were inspired by the Travancore (Kerala) style caps. 

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Mohini On A Swing” – Vintage Print 1930s., Birds-Eye-View of Benares – Old Postcard 1900., Our Journey Around The World – 1894 Book

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.




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British photographer