In 1985, when the market building caught fire and was destroyed, the structure was transferred to the Railways by the government, and the Railways built a 13-storied complex to house the suburban terminus and railway reservation counter.The land in front of the building was made into a car park.The terminus lies on the southern arm of the diamond junction of Chennai's railway network, where all the lines of the Chennai Suburban Railway meet.
The eastern entrance on Wall Tax Road leads to platform no.
1, and the western entrance lies at the entrance of the suburban terminus.
The first station was built at Royapuram, which remained the main station at that time.
Expansion of the Madras Railways network, particularly the completion of the Madras–Vyasarpadi line, Madras Central was built in 1873 at Parktown as a second terminus to decongest the Royapuram harbour station, which was being utilised for port movements.
Chennai Central, erstwhile Madras Central, is the main railway terminus in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is connected to Moore Market Complex railway station and Chennai Park railway station, and is adjacent to Chennai Egmore railway station.
Chennai Central connects the city to all northern cities of India, including Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi.
About 350,000 passengers use the terminus every day.
Marking the initial days of the railways in the Indian Subcontinent, the Madras Railway Company began to network South India in 1856.
It took another five years for the work to be completed, when the station was modified further by Robert Fellowes Chisholm with the addition of the central clock tower, Travancore 'caps' on the main towers, and other changes.