Way back in 1931, the metre gauge suburban train service was introduced in Madras as a part of the Madras Improvement Scheme. The then Madras governor Sir George F Stanley flagged off the service at a function on April 2, 1931. If it carried a moderate crowd of 3.3 million in 1931-1932, the count rose to 30.7 million in 1950-51 and 231 million in 2000-2001. Now, on an average, 350,000 commuters travel daily on the line.
The Chennai-Tambaram MG Suburban Electrical Multiple Unit sector was the first railway in Madras Presidency to be operated electrically. It was also the first metre gauge line to be electrified in the country.
This is the train, decked out for its last journey, with all sorts of people posing for a picture
When the decorated train left the Egmore station, it was the last journey of an MG EMU in the entire country; a momentous occasion for all Chennaites, whose life has been a part of metre gauge trains, and all lovers of trains.