Natham City Buses

Clicks in Melur, Natham.

TN-58N-2072 of Melur Depot. This is a big surprise a 2yrs old TATA converted into City.


TN-57N-1219 of Natham Depot Route 550B Natham – Singampunari via Samuthirapatti, Kottamapatti.

TN-57N-1219 550B Natham - Singampuri

TN-57N-1255 of Natham Depot Route 551B Natham – Kottayur via Samuthirapatti, Sirugudi.

TN-57N-1255 551B Natham - Kottayur

TN-58N-2187 of Ponmeni Depot Route 62B Periyar – Natham via Simmakkal, Thirupalai, Umachikulam, Chatirapatti, Parali.

TN-58N-2187 62B Periyar - Natham


From the pages of History.

we got this exclusive JJTC A/C Bus pic from Arun Raj.

Towards World class comfort and facilites of high performance and reliability. You’ve Just entered a Hitech Super Deluxe bus of the J.Jayalilatha Transport Corporation (JJTC). The bus body of this Hitech Super Deluxe is built on chassis made by Ashok Leyland and body build by Azad Coach.

On September 1, 1994 the Air-conditioned luxury bus had its first run between Madras and Bangalore. The 36 Seater bus is equipped with pantry and toilet facility at the end of passenger. The interior is cloth lined and the roof is also pudded. To provide greater comfort to passengers, the back rest and seat base are made up of moulded Polyurethane foam. Aluminium Sheets on the body of the buses which is coated with Polyurethane paints enhance the life of the body and protect from corrission.

The JJTC will soon acquiring 52 more buses the chassis for which will be manufactured by Ashok Leyland. The new buses will be intoduced on Trivandrum, Mysore, Thirupathi and Pondichery routes. Going by Customer Feedback, the JJTC proposes to remove the toilet facility and and a few more seats, where there is a great demand on routes.

It will also operate 102 services including 55 Hitech Super Deluxe Buses.

Source : Ashok Leyland News Volume xxvi No 3, 1994. By ArunRaj on FB Ashok Leyland Fans

JJTC Azad Built

JJTC currently SETC State Express Transport Corporation buses were pioneers in introduction of A/c and Non A/c Hitech Deluxe buses in India The transport department authorites introduced world class quality buses to many important Interstate Destination these buses were rocking in South India. JJTC operated all interstate routes to neighbouring states from various Destination of TamilNadu specially Madras – Bangalore, Mysore, Ernakulam, Tirupathi and buses Trivandrum to Bangalore, Chennai, Pondichery and from Nagercoil, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Sencottah to Bangalore.

JJTC Buses were Super Luxurios and competite on par with Private players that they were struggling to competite with Governmrnt Buses these were one of the golden periods of TamilNadu Transport Department the first set of buses were built in SMK Prakash. The first bus had its run on route no 891 Chennai – Ernakulam.

Thanks to Justin Raja Pandian Sir, Thisayanvilai for this 891 Ernakulam from Unknown Media Clip.

JJTC SMK Prakash Built

TNSTC Karaikudi Region City Buses ..Contd.

TN 63 N 1086 from Devakottai depot on #4 Devakottai – Kalayarkovil

TN 63 N 1055 from Sivagangai depot on #9 Sivaganagai – Kallarathinipatti

TN 63 N 1050 from Sivagangai depot on #30 Sivaganagai – Ilupakudi

TN 63 N 0922 from Sivagangai depot on #5 Sivaganagai – Ilayankudi

TN 63 N 0906 from Sivagangai depot on #24 Sivaganagai – Manamadurai

Timings of Madurai – Salem Steel City Express

TNSTC Madurai

Timings of Madurai – Salem Steel City Express with 4Hrs Journey with Stop at Karur 121

Pic by Madhan.M Timings by Sundaramoorthy Sakthivel

Madurai - Salem 4Hrs Journey

Timings of Madurai - Salem 4Hrs Journey

TNSTC – Villupuram’s Vellore region introduces Chennai – Hosur 5:30 hours TSS services

TNSTC – Villupuram’s Vellore region takes a lead on introducing super fast services a head of TNSTC – Salem on Chennai – Hosur sector .

Here is TN 23 N 2302 from Vellore’s Koyembedu depot spotted sporting 5:30 Hours Journey time TSS tag at Hosur bus stand.


Hosur – Krishnagiri 55 mins
Krishnagiri – Ambur 70mins
Ambur- Vellore 48 mins
Vellore – Chennai 150 mins

Departure Timings 

@ Hosur : 07:45 , 14:30 , 17:00, 23:10

@ Chennai : 05:30 , 07:00 , 13:10 ,  21:35 

Hope this type of services should be upgraded with a Super Deluxe in near future., so the 5:30 Hrs Journey would become more pleasent.

TN 23 N 2302

5:30 hours end to end journey time

Travel review on Hosur – Madurai NON-STOP 1 to 1 “7 hours” weekend service by TNSTC – Salem.

Journey date : 07 Nov 2014

Ever since the time of introduction this was one hot service we want to give a shot and after coming across one of our viewer’s review our desperation just became more .

The day was set for 07 Nov 2014 .The bus on duty  was TN 29 N 2500  of Hosur mofussil depot . This bus is a regular on Hosur – Trichy sector . Since this service  is still considered as a special Hosur depot shuffles the buses and they mostly prefer 23xx registered series and above.We started 7 mins late from the scheduled departure

Here are the time lines from the trip 

Actual departure                          - 10:07 PM ( Against scheduled 10:00 PM )

Time we left Hosur Busstand       – 10:20 PM ( So considering this as starting point )

Arrival at Krishnagiri toll             – 11:05 PM

Hitting Dharmapuri By pass         – 12:03 AM

Hitting  Salem By pass                - 01 : 00 AM

Break before Nammakal Toll      - 01 : 57 to 02 :18 AM

Arrival at Arapalayam,Madurai  - 05:10 AM

Hosur – Salem was done at 2 hours 40 mins flat and overall Hosur – Madurai took just 6 hours 50 Mins with 10 mins break.This is the best timing till date i have experienced on this route by any ordinary bus. Ticket for an adult was priced at Rs.255  which is just less by Rs.40 from SETC UD fare. The driver was in blue uniform  in his early fifties . He was calm and composed and maintained the average speed around 70 with top notch of 92 KMPH.

At the time of introduction the journey time was committed at 6 hours which was way too tight  and after a week they have revised it to 7 hours which is more safe and practical. On the bus it is rightly tagged as 7 hours but the notice board on the Hosur bus stand still displays 6 hours which is misleading the public . Staff should correct this ASAP.

This is an very good initiative by TNSTC -Salem  and felt that this should have be done a year long ago. My final verdict would be that this service is hassle free and worth for money.One should try to be on board by around 9:30 to have his choice of seat . Also as per the conductor this service is now extended  on Saturdays and Sundays which needs to verified.

TNSTC – Salem should try an super deluxe bus with cushion seats as travelling continuous for 6 hours in the current set of private built TNSTC buses makes things hard for the sit.

TN 29 N 2500 resting at Arapalayam ,Madurai


Other Observations  : Off late TNSTC – Salem has realized the importance of this route and started to explore more on this . In the recent past festive seasons there were more then 10 special buses deployed which is an welcome move. Even the last week end i was surprised to see an old bus of Dharmapuri Nagar depot (TN 29 N 2224 ) doing Hosur – Madurai.

TN 29 N 2224 just arriving at Arapalayam,Madurai.

In the above pic we can the see TN 29 N 2500 which came as 1 to 1 is ready for return trip as a normal bus with the “7 Hours Journey tag” removed from it’s wind shield.

TNSTC Karaikudi Region City Buses

TNSTC Kumbakonam Karaikudi Region Buses on NH 230

TN-63N-0870 of Devakottai Depot Route 20 Devakottai – Oriyur.

TN-63N-0870 of Devakottai Depot Route 20 Devakottai - Oriyur

TN-63N-0886 of Sivagangai Depot.

TN-63N-0886 of Sivagangai Depot.

TN-63N-0924 of Sivagangai Depot Route 10 Sivagangai – Paganeri.

TN-63N-0924 of Sivagangai Depot Route 10 Sivagangai - Paganeri.

TN-63N-1011 of Devakottai Depot Route 1A Devakottai – Thiruvadanai.

TN-63N-1011 of Devakottai Depot Route 1A Devakottai - Thiruvadanai.


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