|South Indian Raiway HQ, Chennai Alamy|
The impressive building near the Central Station on Poonamallee High Road, Chennai that serves as the Southern Railway headquarters is yet another popular landmark in this big city and this historical building following an Indo-Saracenic structure was built in 1921 as the new Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway Company (MSMR) headquarters (successor of Madras Railway Company), replacing the general office of MSMR at Royapuram Railway Station (now part of Chennai). Presently this Head Office of the Southern Railways covers the entire southern region. In the colonial period the railroads were run only by the British companies with British directors, using funds raised in India. The unsavory fact is the railways were introduced by the British for their international trade benefits out of Indian tax payers' money. However, we have to accept the fact that they built sturdy railway stations, vast railway tracks, rail bridges across countless rivers, etc., without compromising on quality.
|, Chennai. southern Railways HQen.wikipedia.org/|
The central bay of the building has two rectangular wings, both of which are designed around a lush courtyard. Considering the tropical climate and hot summer, the architect took special care to have large windows set in place at vantage points to allow the sea breeze to waft through, reaching the courtyard from the front and then going out through the opposite wing.
|Southern Railway HQ. Talks From a Native Indian|
|Turrets on Southern Railway HO, Chennai. Panoramio|
01. For the first time in India reinforced
concrete was used for the construction work. Yet another feature is mixing of Dravidian style of architecture
02. Bombay Central India Railway Office was
designed by F.W. Steven’s in Gothic Style.
03. Lahore railway office was designed by James Ransome in 1905 in Indo - Saracenic
04. The same building contractor who built the SR headquarter building, also built the huge Egmore Railway station that operates trains to the southern regions mostly on the eastern southern peninsular India.