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Royapuram is the place where the first railway station of south India was constructed. The second railway line of the South Asia was commenced from here in the 1850s. This railway line extended from Royapuram (Madras) to Arcot, the then capital of the Carnatic region. This station was inaugurated on 28 June 1856 by the then Governor Lord Harris and the railway line was opened for traffic on 1 July 1856. The first train, manufactured by Simpson and Company, started its journey with 300 people from Royapuram to Wallajabad. The station covers about 76 acres. Royapuram railway station building, which was previously in a dilapidated condition, has now been refurbished. It is believed to be one of oldest surviving railway station structures of the Indian Railways.
Royapuram has a deep history inculcated within itself and has been part of the Chennai (Madras) city for centuries. It is just in the face of the recent developments that Royapuram got edged out to the periphery of the Chennai.
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