The culmination of ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’, a fortnight-long Cleanliness drive is being observed in Southern Railway today, 2nd October 2021. Earlier in the morning, Shri John Thomas, General Manager administered the Swachhata (Cleanliness) Pledge to the Officers and Staff of Southern Railway. Shri John Thomas, General Manager, Shri S.Srinivas, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer, Smt Aruna Nayar, Principal Chief Personnel Officer, Shri R. K. Mehta, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer, Shri Ravi Valluri, Principal Chief Commercial Manager, Shri Birendra Kumar, Principal Chief Security Commissioner, Shri. A. K. Siddhartha, Principal Chief Safety Officer and other Officers and Staff of Southern Railway participated in the event. Dr.Bina John, President, Southern Railway Women’s Headquarters Organisation (SRWHO), who attended the event distributed jute bags and caps to Officers and Staff.
Addressing the gathering, Shri John Thomas recalled the impact of Gandhi’s rail journeys on freedom struggle and how Mahatma imbibed the spirit of patriotism through his iconic rail journeys. General Manager appreciated the concerted efforts of Officers and Staff of Southern Railway, NGOs, volunteers, students and Scouts & Guides in organizing intensive Cleanliness drives all over the zone. He praised the efforts of the zone in generating substantial power savings through Solar installations at railway stations. He accorded a special mention on Coimbatore Junction having been awarded the coveted Platinum rating from Indian Green Building Council, which is the first-of-its-kind in Southern Railway.
In commemoration of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ signifying 75 golden years of Independent India and Gandhi Jayanthi 2021, an exclusive section on Mahatma Gandhi’s historic rail journeys, ‘Celebrating Mahatma’s Rail Journeys’ has been opened at the Heritage Photo Gallery at Southern Railway Headquarters, Chennai. Vintage Photographs of Mahatma Gandhi’s iconic rail travel across South India and other important destinations during the days of freedom struggle have been exhibited. The Heritage Photo Gallery will remain open for public on working days (Monday to Friday) from 10:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs. and paid floral tributes to the portrait of the great leader.
A special train hauled by vintage oil-fired steam loco X-37396 was run between Mettupalayam and Udhagamandalam today in commemoration of Gandhi Jayanthi and ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Hundreds of rail enthusiasts and tourists experienced the romance of rail journey in the UNESCO-listed Nilgiri Mountain Railway known for its steep gradients, unique rack and pinion system, vintage locos and abounding nature’s charm.
Heritage Photo Gallery at Southern Railway Headquarters
A Railway Heritage Photo Gallery was opened at Southern Railway Headquarters Building on 29th January 2019. The gallery has on display some of the fascinating photographs from the Railway’s glorious past . Archival photographs of the Engineering marvels of Southern Railway, namely, the UNESCO listed NMR, Great Pamban Bridge and Sengottai – Punalur section deserve special mention. Enthralling portraits of the erstwhile era – Vintage locos, signaling equipment, brass bells, heritage buildings, century-old cash chest, etc., will offer a visual retreat to rail aficionados. Photographs of Great Leaders’ iconic visits to erstwhile South Indian Railway are sure to make the visitor tread through the Zone’s landmark moments.
The two-storey Photo Gallery is also home to some of the significant moments from the presentday Railway system – New station Buildings, developments over the years, Cutting-edge technologies deployed, to mention a few.A print version of ‘Timeline of Southern Railway’ will help the visitors recall the significant milestones surpassed by the zone. Mahatma Gandhi’s historic photographs beautifully chronicled in the new section will fascinate history enthusiasts and children, among others.
The Heritage Gallery will be constantly updated as and when Heritage material and old pictures surface from various sources, from time to time.