Dedicated blog for Tamilnadu State buses – "Not an official blog of TNSTC"
A great thanks to Madhan.M in SSC for sharing this Nostalgic Pic from 2000, two buses are in this Nostalgic pic taken by Nick Schwable during his trip in India. The one clearly seen is TN-58N-0366 and the other on front is TN-57N-072x Seires bus.
The Body of the bus was built by TNSTC salem Namakkal BBU in 1997 – 2000 period, their trade mark flower Symbol is on the rear glass, TNSTC salem use the word TSTC – சேலம் in their buses the same style has been adopted in this bus too as TSTC – மதுரை. One more Nostalgic info when individual Transport corporations become TNSTC in 1997, Every divison started to use Fleet Code for their buses you can see in this bus also on left the depot markings as உசி belongs to Usilampatti Depot and on the right behibd the ladder HHS 1044 code on this bus. It was running between Madurai – Cumbum operated by Usilampatti Depot.
The body was built by Bathlagundu BBU of TNSTC Dindigul, Belongs to Theni Depot and run on Theni – Madurai as Ordinary fare bus.
TNSTC-Tirunelveli’s Tenkasi depot added two Tenkasi-Coimbatore service via Palani, Pollachi when Nellai division was inaugurated. One bus did a overnight service and the other one did a day time service from respective places. TN38 N 2354 and TN38 N 2356 was put into duty on this route. After few months, the day time service from Tenkasi and the same bus which was doing night time service from Coimbatore was stopped. Now after 4 years, i saw the day time service from Tenkasi running with a new bus. Thanks to Nellai division for restarting this route again.
Timings from Coimbatore(Ukkadam): 8:00 AM, 7:53 PM
Route: Coimbatore-Tenkasi via Madurai, Sempatti, Palani, Pollachi
Uniqueness: Very rarely buses starts from Tenkasi and almost all buses in this route starts from Sencottah. This is the first set of buses from this area to run via Pollachi(excl SETC buses). Started with CEC built TN38 N buses and later got new buses. 2356 was the first bus in Nellai division to get digital board and this is now retained back in the new bus 1904. I had a chance to travel in the first day of the inauguration of this route and traveled in 2356.
Some pics now..
TN72 N 1904 which does the day time trip from Coimbatore and night time trip from Tenkasi.
TN72 N 1896 which does the day time trip from Tenkasi and night time trip from Coimbatore.
The previous bus which did the job.. TN38 N 2356..
TNSTC Kumbakonam Division has the most number of Super Deluxe than other TNSTC divisions, In 2014 TNSTC Villupuram added Some Super Deluxes to Kumbakonam and Salem route. Still TNSTC Kumbakonam is leading in operating Super Deluxe buses to Chennai from all its operating area on par with SETC. This Super Deluxe is so special., other than chennai this is the one and only TNSTC Super Deluxe to be operated in Kumbakonam – Coimbatore route all others are 3 x 2 seater.
Division : Kumbakonam
Region : Kumbakonam
Depot : Kumbakonam Mofussil
Type : Super Deluxe 2 x 2
Route : 136F Kumbakonam – Coimbatore
Via : Tanjore, Trichy, Karur, Kangeyam, Palladam.
Timings | Kumbakonam : 10:25 | Coimbatore : 21:40
The solo performer on NH 208 currently the route of Madurai – Tenkasi in NH 208 is dominated by TNSTC Madurai and Tirunelveli. The only bus from TNSTC Karaikudi to cross Madurai and run on this NH from Madurai – Tenkasi and reach Courtallam.
Division : Kumbakonam
Region : Karaikudi
Depot : Ramnathapuram
Type : Express
Route : Ramnathapuram – Courtallam
Via : Paramakudi, Madurai, Rajapalayam, Puliyankudi, Tenkasi.
Depot: TN29 N 2266
Uniqueness: Runs as 1 to 4 service in Salem-Coimbatore section with stoppages at Bhavani Byepass and Perundurai. There are 1 to 5 services with Stoppages at Sankagiri/Avinashi and this is something new. Salem region operates 1.2.1 via erode, 1 to 5 3.33 hrs and 1 to 1 Non Stop etc., in this route.
TN-58 registration was started in 1996 for Madurai, when Madurai TN-59 RTO was bifurcated into two and new Madurai North RTO was formed in 1996 as erstwhile PRC headquaters was under Madurai RTO TN-59N was stopped and TN-58N started. The lowest registration number is TN-58N-0468 which came in 2003 surviving for 12 years as of now.
TN-58N-0468 which came in 2003 still surviving with its original Body as city bus in TNSTC Virudhunagar Sattur Depot, Clicked this beauty yesterday still sturdy with its original look.
Division : Madurai
Region : Virudhunagar
Depot : Sattur
Type : City Ordinary
Route : Sattur – Kovilpatti
Via : Okkaiyaal, Ezhayarampannai.
TNSTC Tirunelveli Nagercoil Region Operates many bus service in Thiruchendur – Nagercoil via two routes,
1. Nagercoil – Thiruchendur via Susindharam, Anjugramam, Koodankulam, Uvari, Kulasekarapattinam on East cost Road.
2. Nagercoil – Thiruchendur via Aralvaimozhi, Panakudi, Valliyoor, Thisayanvilai, Sathankulam, Paramankurichi.
on the other Side TNSTC Tirunelveli Thiruchendur Depot operates only one bus to Nagercoil that too via different connecting places and through important towns, villages and Taluks.
Division : Tirunelveli
Region : Tirunelveli
Depot : Thiruchendur
Type : Ordinary
Route : 72A Thiruchendur – Nagercoil.
Via : Kayamozhi, Paramankurichi, Udangudi, Thisayanvilai, Attankarai Pallivasal, Radhapuram, Vadakankulam, Kavalkinaru, Aralvaimozhi.
Timings | Thiruchendur : 05:30, 14:00 Nagercoil : 09:00, 18:00