Train Journey From Calcutta to Madras In 1901

An old 1901 print of a train journey from Calcutta (Kolkata) to Madras (Chennai). This print is a page from the British newspaper The Graphic of March 10, 1901. It depicts sketches of various scenes witnessed by a Britisher during his travel from Calcutta to Madras by the East Coast State Railway train.

The East Coast State Railway (ECSR) was formed in 1890. It had only a brief existence before being divided. Consequently, there is only very little information on this British-era railway company. Overall the ECSR helped in connecting the railways on the east coast section-wise. The southern part of the ECSR was taken over by the British-era Madras Railway in 1901.

It then merged with the Southern Mahratta Railway to form Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway in 1907. Which subsequently became the Southern Railway after India’s independence. The northern part was taken over by another British-era Bengal Nagpur Railway in 1902. The Bengal-Nagpur Railway was taken over by the Eastern Railway after independence. Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know- the railway was constructed essentially for British troop movement to remote parts of India and for the transportation of goods for export. 

From the collection- Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Laxmi” Oleograph., 1974 News Photo Cochin Fishing Nets., Princely Palaces In Colonial Delhi – Old Postcard 1939., Lighthouse On Kennery Island Mumbai – Old Print 1868.

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