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Chennai Central railway station

Chennai Central railway station


Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest industrial and commercial center in South India, and a major cultural, economic and educational centre. Chennai is known as the "Detroit of India" for its automobile industry. It is the fifth-largest city and fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the country.


Chennai Central, erstwhile Madras Central, is the main railway terminus in the city of Chennai. It is one of the most important railway hubs in South India. Chennai Central connects the city to New Delhi and prominent cities of India. The railway station is one of the most prominent landmarks of Chennai. It was built in 1873, and designed by architect George Harding.


About 350,000 passengers use the terminus every day.


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Taken on January 11, 2009