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Electric Trams of Madras / Chennai – 2 Old Photos 1935

Two old 1935 photographs of the electric trams in Madras, now Chennai. By the early 17th century Madras became a bit more peaceful. This is after the various skirmishes the British underwent with Portuguese, French, and Dutch. Chennai began to spread out rapidly. Britishers who were residing inside Fort St George began to take residence outside Fort St George up to Nungambakkam and Adyar.

As the town grew transportation was crucial since bullock carts and other means were not always reliable. And automobiles did not come into the scene until the 1900s. By 1895 Madras tramway commenced service for ferrying people quickly and cheaply. Initially operating from harbour to the inland areas of the city. Despite its jogging like speed it progressively picked up in popularity with the masses.

See post- Electric Tram & Madras Central Railway Station – Old Photo.

By the 1920s covered a lot of routes in Chennai like- Egmore, Parry’s Corner, and Royapuram; Parry’s Corner and M G Road; Purasawalkam and Madras Central Station via Walltax Road, and so on. Unfortunately, as it rose like the morning sun in the city. Likewise, it diminished like the setting sun and by 1953 it was all over for the city’s tramway that was never to rise again.

And a beautiful city’s piece of charisma lost. All because of financial loss and mismanagement. The photograph shows the letter “MET” that apparently stands for “Madras Electric Tramway”. The coaches shown are from two different time periods but both are from MET. One of the pictures also shows an advertisement for “Indo-Balm”, I too have a similar advertisement of the brand but much smaller. You can see its pictures in this post.

Read more- Madras Tramways.

Did you know- trams were introduced in the U.K. six years after they were introduced into India, and 10 years later in the U.S.

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#17)., Bowring Institute Club In Bengaluru – Old Postcard 1907., Inauguration Of Parliament Building Delhi – Old Photograph 1929., Bandra Near Bombay – Old Print 1882., Vintage Cars Mumbai Mahabaleshwar Car Rally – Old Print 1906

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

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