In 1993 the first PP service between Nellai – Thoothukudi started with two buses one from Tamarabarani Depot named Fighter Express with Eagle sticker in front windsheild and other one from Thoothukudi City Depot named Pearl City Fighter Express with roaring tiger Sticker in front these buses had gud audio systems with Casette player with TN-72N-0696,0697 buses with front Entrance later every depot started to deploy PP in this route with existing fleet. Fighter became Mother Express later Pearlcity FE retained it name as Fighter Express till 2004 later when our current CM got Thanga Tharagai title ruling party changed this bus name as Thanga Tharagai.
That was a golden period from TNSTC Nellai they had old buses but they rocked on every route. some of the list here.
Thoothukudi – Tirunelveli Route status ( 2003 )
Fighter Express – Thoothukudi City Depot
Muthalvan – Kattabomman Nagr Depot
Delta – Thiruchendur Depot
First Ritham (ரிதம்) – then Sathya (Sponsered by Sathya Agencies ) – Srivaikundam Depot
Garuda – Srivaikundam Depot
Mother – Tamarabarani Depot
Tata Birla – Tamarabarani Depot
Tiger – Papanasam Depot ( only 1 trip in morning )
Thiruchendur – Thoothukudi – Madurai
Venpoora – Thiruchendur Depot
Vaigai – Thiruchendur Depot
Idhaya Theyvam – Thoothukudi Mofussil Depot
Idhaya Kani – Thoothukudi Mofussil Depot
Udhaya – Thoothukudi Mofussil Depot
Muthu Kuyil – Thoothukudi City Depot
This list is a sample Thisayanvilai – Nellai Laser Express, Friends, Neelambari, Kurinji, Puthu Vasantham, Bharathi, Dawn, Nellai Meenathci, Mugil, Kanal, Alavandhan they named the buses either by popular tamil film names or related to the area. the rockers of south due to a case filed in Nellai Dist court all these names have been taken out, after 10 years slowly some names are coming back recently saw Flying Horse ( Papanasam Depot ) Gomathi ( Sankarankovil Depot ) Vallimayil ( Valliyoor Depot ).
Pic : Justin Raja Pandian
A bus to remember from the golden days of TNSTC Nellai, although we are TNSTC Museum but rocked with all the buses which can run on road.
TN-72N-0886 Mother Express from Tamarabarni Depot, Unknown Media pic in 2003.
Thanks a ton to Justin Raja Pandian sir for this Pic posted in FB, In this pic the first bus Nellai Samathanapuram built second one TN-72N-0796 Erode Pallipalayam built, Third one TN-72N-062x series CEC built, fourth is private.
TN-72N-0886 Mother from Tamarabarani Depot, this pic is taken in Nellai Junction Old busstand before opening of the New Busstand. This Mother Express had 4 8inch woofers (Speakers) inside, this bus is the first one to install FM player when Suriyan FM inaugrated in Nellai on the first day of broadcasting itself this bus had played it, The best driver of this bus was Mr.Pandaram he will be always neat in his uniform wearing shoes a perfect one, all these buses with names had been taken well by its crew itself they cared the buses as their own, you can notice a orange round light on the top corner, every buses had colourfull light decorations, in this Muthalvan ( TN-72N-0892 ), Sathya ( TN-72N-0891 ), had different Colour light settings inside the bus they will switch on it while overtaking trucks the colour blinking lights inside will be a great fun to watch. In this period the first bus to have TV VCD player was Garuda ( TN-32N-1110 ) it had airhorn too from Srivaikundam Depot. This bus 886 was later replaced by TN-72N-0909 Nagericoil Ranithootam built, here is d pic of a bus in that series TN-72N-0880 one of the strongest bodies of Nellai Samathanapuram body building unit.